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Panos Kleftiko

We had dinner at Panos Kleftiko last night. It’s the best Greek restaurant in Seattle, I swear. I’ve become a little obsessive about photographing my food lately because I’m having so much fun blogging about food. I don’t want to turn my blog into a food blog exclusively but I am really enjoying building this catalog of food photos and write ups (not to mention expanding my recipe page). Anyway, last night I was writing down the items we were ordering on my Palm (to be sure I got my spellings right) while Chris ordered from the waitress. I think I freaked her out a bit because in the middle of taking our order she blurted out, “Why are you writing things down?” I was caught off guard as no one has ever questioned me about writing down what I’m eating or photographing my food before (though I have received several amused looks from people on the photographing no one has ever acted like it was sinister or suspicious or anything). Anyway, I tried to explain that I keep a food blog but I don’t have any sense of whether she even knows what a blog is, let alone grasped why anyone would want to keep track of what they eat.

Anyway, her dubiousness about my activities did not stand in the way of having a nice meal. As usual, I’ve posted my photos to Flickr.

I love the label on this bottle of Retsina. I love the illustration of the little drinking guy with a key in his belly! What’s up with that? I especially love that it’s a registered trademark. I didn’t get it in the photo but the top of this bottle is sealed with a bottle cap like a bottle of beer. (If white wine with a pine-resin taste doesn’t appeal to you, you probably want to skip the retsina.)

These gorgeous beans were so good I woke up craving them this morning. Each one was half the size of my thumb and just delicious. I really do wish I had some right now.

Check out the heavenly slab of feta! The cheese topped off a bread salad that was so delicious I could have licked the plate. Perfectly spiced, tossed in a lemony vinaigrette, sprinkled with olives and capers. If Panos Kleftiko were open at lunch, I’d eat their bread salad every day.

16 comments to Panos Kleftiko

  • She was probably freaking that you might be a reviewer or a secret shopper or some such. I go to review dinners with my friends B and K who are and one thing that’s kept their taking notes unsuspicious was when K was writing checks for her eBay purchases as well. Seeing a pile of bills and checks, the staff thought nothing of a little notebook with scribbled tasting notes.

  • She was probably freaking that you might be a reviewer or a secret shopper or some such. I go to review dinners with my friends B and K who are and one thing that’s kept their taking notes unsuspicious was when K was writing checks for her eBay purchases as well. Seeing a pile of bills and checks, the staff thought nothing of a little notebook with scribbled tasting notes.

  • She was probably freaking that you might be a reviewer or a secret shopper or some such. I go to review dinners with my friends B and K who are and one thing that’s kept their taking notes unsuspicious was when K was writing checks for her eBay purchases as well. Seeing a pile of bills and checks, the staff thought nothing of a little notebook with scribbled tasting notes.

  • She was probably freaking that you might be a reviewer or a secret shopper or some such. I go to review dinners with my friends B and K who are and one thing that’s kept their taking notes unsuspicious was when K was writing checks for her eBay purchases as well. Seeing a pile of bills and checks, the staff thought nothing of a little notebook with scribbled tasting notes.

  • Works for me…

    …the food/blog thingee, of course!

  • Works for me…

    …the food/blog thingee, of course!

  • Works for me…

    …the food/blog thingee, of course!

  • Works for me…

    …the food/blog thingee, of course!

  • I’ve always wondered if anybody has ever said anything when you whip your camera out … Do you think you get better service if people think you’re really a reviewer?

    • I couldn’t swear that I get any better service out of the deal. There are a few other Seattle-area food bloggers (TastingMenu.com and Seattle Bon Vivant among them) who really focus on food blogging and photography and who draw huge traffic to their sites. I’m positive they’re “known” and influential enough that they get only the best when they arrive at a restaurant. Me? I’m betting I just come across as a goofy tourist. :)

  • I’ve always wondered if anybody has ever said anything when you whip your camera out … Do you think you get better service if people think you’re really a reviewer?

    • I couldn’t swear that I get any better service out of the deal. There are a few other Seattle-area food bloggers (TastingMenu.com and Seattle Bon Vivant among them) who really focus on food blogging and photography and who draw huge traffic to their sites. I’m positive they’re “known” and influential enough that they get only the best when they arrive at a restaurant. Me? I’m betting I just come across as a goofy tourist. :)

  • I’ve always wondered if anybody has ever said anything when you whip your camera out … Do you think you get better service if people think you’re really a reviewer?

    • I couldn’t swear that I get any better service out of the deal. There are a few other Seattle-area food bloggers (TastingMenu.com and Seattle Bon Vivant among them) who really focus on food blogging and photography and who draw huge traffic to their sites. I’m positive they’re “known” and influential enough that they get only the best when they arrive at a restaurant. Me? I’m betting I just come across as a goofy tourist. :)

  • I’ve always wondered if anybody has ever said anything when you whip your camera out … Do you think you get better service if people think you’re really a reviewer?

  • I couldn’t swear that I get any better service out of the deal. There are a few other Seattle-area food bloggers (TastingMenu.com and Seattle Bon Vivant among them) who really focus on food blogging and photography and who draw huge traffic to their sites. I’m positive they’re “known” and influential enough that they get only the best when they arrive at a restaurant. Me? I’m betting I just come across as a goofy tourist. :)