Taziki's is a chain restaurant that currently has seven locations. Most are located in Alabama. One opened near our house a while back. Surprisingly we hadn't been before last week's visit. This restaurant is located in a small strip mall on Cantrell Rd. It was a little disheartening seeing how many of the other retail spaces were empty. That may not bode well for Taziki's! Strip mall locations often pick up extra diners who are out for a bite between shops.
Toeing the line between dining establishment and fast food, Taziki's delivers on taste! You may notice something different about this Greek restaurant when you walk in. Orders are placed at the counter which is reminiscent of Jason's Deli, Larry's Pizza, and a few other Little Rock restaurants.
So many tasty looking choices! It took a while to decide on our orders. When our party of four walked in there was not a stack of takeout menus at the counter. We had to stand at the bar counter and pore over their laminated copy. We were slightly chagrined at taking up so much space in the narrow room. All the retail space in this strip mall is on the narrow side. Taziki's seems pretty popular, perhaps an expansion would help? The menus were quickly replenished shortly after we sat down.
There is a daily special written on a blackboard. According to the menu the daily specials ($6.95) are as follows:
Monday- Grilled Portobello Mushroom Sandwich
Tuesday- Turkey Club
Wednesday- Spanakopita Roll-Up
Thursday- Caesar Pita
Friday- Amy's Homemade Chicken Salad
Nightly specials are advertised on a chalkboard by the small bar counter.
We decided on the Mezedes platter (pronounced meh-ZEH), the Sneaky Taziki children's meals, and a gyro. The children in our party enjoyed their Sneaky Taziki's, which is a create your own chicken roll-up served with chips or fruit. The menu for Children 12 and under also lists Grilled Cheese or Peanut Butter and Jelly served with chips or fruit, and the Child's Feast which is grilled chicken, basmati, rice, and fruit.
All childrens' meals are 3.75.
Taziki dip or sauce is a fave, and this version was fresh tasting with lots of garlic. The hummus was flavorful and the spicy dolmas, or as the menu lists them dolmades, were tasty and had the surprising addition of what appeared to be saffron rice.
Drink offerings are iced tea,soft drinks, hot tea, water. If you prefer a bit of libation, beer and wine is also available. Prices are comparable to other establishments.
The dessert menu is a bit bare with only two offerings . A homemade dark chocolate cake and the traditionally Greek Baklava. Both are priced on the low side at only 2.50! We were too full from lunch to try them.
Taziki's won points for the tasty and fresh food. The only criticism of the meal is that the dolmades were a little loose but we enjoyed the food. This is definitely a place to visit more than once!
Taziki's Original Fare
8200 Cantrell Rd., Cantrell Heights
Located across from Pavilion In the Park
Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm Friday-Sat. 11am-9pm Sunday 11am-3pm