My best friend and I have many traditions, but one of the most important ones is going out to dinner for our birthdays. For hers, it almost always occurs at Pegasus.
Pegasus, 558 Monroe St., Detroit, is found right by Greektown Casino and is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for authentic Greek cuisine. The portions are hefty, the atmosphere is festive and the food is downright delicious.
I highly recommend starting your meal with Saganaki “Opa!” because in addition to setting it aflame at your table before your very eyes, it tastes divine. Cheese doused in brandy, spread on thick-sliced bread… yum!
For the main course, I stick with my tried and true Pastitsio, which is essentially a Greek lasagna-like dish. Macaroni noodles are mixed with meat and cheese and it’s topped with a Béchamel sauce, and oh dear, now I’m drooling on my computer.
Additional menu items at Pegasus include Greek specialties like Moussaka, Chicken Gyros, and Spanakoteropeta (also known as spinach cheese pie). If you’re a vegetarian, never fear—they have quite a few meat-free options.
Even if you don’t have room after dinner, your next stop should be right down the road at Astoria Pastry Shop, 541 Monroe St., Detroit. I have a serious sweet tooth, and walking into this establishment makes me giddy like a kid at Christmas.
They have so many scrumptious looking treats, so it’s nearly impossible to pick one. My all-time favorite dessert is tiramisu, but they also have a triple chocolate cheesecake that is to die for.
Other things you can find in the pastry case include cannoli, crème brulee, strawberry shortcake, carrot cake, and more. All of which sound like the perfect end to a great night out, if you ask me.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to make a reservation at Pegasus.