Aug 112011

Published by DelmarvaNow

BETHANY BEACH — Turquoise owners Nula and Pete Panagakas have mixed authentic Greek food with American classics to offer something for everyone.

The restaurant, located in the Marketplace at Sea Colony, opened last month and is serving up homemade, authentic Greek food.

Having owned Zorba’s in Rehoboth Beach for six years, the Panagakas thought the Bethany area was in need of something new and different.

Using produce from local farmers and making everything from scratch, the restaurant offers everything from spanakopita and saganaki to flounder mykonos and chicken souvlaki, Nula Panagakas said.

“The Greek combo (is very popular), because they can taste a little bit of this, that and the other thing,” she said of a dish that includes moussaka, pastichio and chicken or pork souvlaki. “It’s authentic Greek food, from the appetizers to the spreads. We have a variety, not just gyros.”

The family-run eatery offers a casual, laid-back atmosphere. The light-hearted and fun staff guarantees everyone will have a good time, Nula Panagakas said.

While they are still waiting to be approved for a liquor license, entertainment is something they plan to offer, Panagakas said.

The restaurant is open for lunch, serving a variety of pita wraps, including gyros, as well as deli sandwiches, such as the fresh turkey club, and burgers like the Turquoise burger, which is stuffed with feta cheese and topped with tzatziki sauce.

The homemade desserts are a big hit, too, Panagakas said.

“(My husband) Pete does all the cooking and I do all the baking,” she said. “We have homemade desserts from baklava to chocolate peanut butter pie. That’s the one people love.”

Newcomers to the restaurant can expect to get good food at a reasonable price in a relaxed atmosphere, Nula Panagakas said.

“It’s good, home-cooked meals, whether they’re Greek or American,” she said. “We have something for everyone.”

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