Oct 052011


Published by: Cape Gazette

After a six-year stint in Rehoboth Beach, Nula and Pete Panagakas, owners of Zorba’s Restaurant, have packed up and moved to the quieter resort town of Bethany Beach. “We wanted something different,” Nula Panagakas said.

The new restaurant, Turquoise, is located in Sea Colony Marketplace on Route 1. Panagakas said she and her husband have scaled down the menu since closing Zorba’s, but scaled up the quality of the food. “Everything is homemade from scratch,” Panagakas said.

The new location’s name is reflected in the bright walls of the dining room, which are also adorned with postcard-esque pictures of Greek cities. “We thought of the turquoise waters of Greece and the islands,” Panagakas said, explaining the name change.

Turquoise is larger than the old location, in Food Lion Shopping Center in Rehoboth, and it offers indoor and outdoor seating. Panagakas said she is particularly excited to have a bar in the new Bethany Beach location, where she plans to host trivia night and live music and feature sports games on a big-screen television. Panagakas said Turquoise is scheduled to obtain a liquor license in the next couple of weeks.

For now, the Greek-American restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily. Home-style, traditional breakfast is served Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and all day Sunday.

The restaurant offers daily $5 lunch specials, consisting of half a sandwich and soup, and $10 dinner specials Monday through Friday. Dinner specials include American dishes, such as meatloaf, and Greek dishes, such as stifado – beef and onion stew with red wine and rosemary.

As for specialty menu items, Panagakas said she recommends the pastichio, a baked macaroni layered with meat sauce and topped with béchamel, a French white sauce often used in lasagna.

The Greek Combo is also popular, Panagakas said, because it gives the customer a chance to sample three traditional Greek menu items, including pastichio, moussaka and souvlaki.

Besides the Greek favorites from Zorba’s, Turquoise offers high-quality cuts of steak and seafood dishes, including stuffed flounder and jumbo lump crab cakes. “We have something for everyone,” Panagakas said.

Turquoise is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Monday. For more information or reservations, call 302-616-1039.

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