Feb 032012


As you are probably well aware of, America’s favorite unofficial holiday – the Super Bowl – is this weekend. Many will host or attend house parties for the 46th installment of the NFL’s championship game, but for those who like to trek out to their favorite local spots, we’ve compiled a list of Super Bowl parties in some of the area’s best restaurants. 

The Cottage Cafe – Super Bowl Tailgate Party – 3pm-kickoff; $6 grill specials, $2.25 Coors Lite, Miller Lite drafts, $3 aluminum bottles. Cornhole tourney with prizes for winners, sports trivia and more.

DiFebos Bistro on the Green (at Bear Trap Dunes) – Big Game Party & Chili Cook-Off – AUCE buffet begins at 4:30 pm. Enter your chili to win cash prizes, a round of golf for 2 and trophy. Watch the game on 4 TV’s.

Original House of Welsh (Fenwick Island) – Sunday Football Special (at the bar only) – $4.99 each for hamburger, steamed clams, mozzarella sticks, sauteed mussels; plus more specials. 2 drink minimum for specials. (302) 541-0728.

Fat Tuna Grill – Big Game Party – starts at 4 pm. Bar Specials (domestic drafts $1.50, domestic bottles $2.25, rail drinks $3). Give-aways include 2 $50 gift cards, 5 lbs boxes of schrimp, football jerseys, and more!

Turquoise Restaurant (Bethany Beach) – Super Tailgate Party – $7 buffet and $1.50 ALL drafts. (302) 616-1039.

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.

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.”