A veritable tour of Greece

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The Greek combo plate at Blue Star Café features spanakopita, pita bread, grape leaves, hummus and tomatoes. Photo by Jason Roth.

My destination: Blue Star Café & Ice Cream Treats. My mission, which I have chosen to accept: order the Greek Combo Plate!

Blue Star Café, 141 Blue Star Highway in Douglas, is a cozy little spot featuring indoor and outdoor dining, all-day breakfast, ice cream, and a pleasant interior with classy old-fashioned movie and theater posters that decorate the walls. Service was friendly and on the ball. Many of the customers there were clearly regulars, judging by their friendly rapport with the wait staff. But back to the mission!

The Greek Combo Plate is a veritable tour of Greece. It does not feature meat, but it has just about everything else. My server pinpointed the spanakopita as her favorite, and after trying it I couldn’t argue with her choice. This spinach pie had perfectly flaky, pastry-style crust and contained a tasty blend of spinach and feta cheese. Yum! Continuing the tour, we find a generous pile of hummus and tomatoes served on a giant lettuce leaf, pita bread wedges, tzatziki sauce for dipping, and three dolmades (pickled grape leaves wrapped around a spicy rice mix).

I ran out of pita bread wedges for the hummus and tomatoes, so improvising, I wrapped the giant decorative lettuce leaf around the remaining hummus, creating a messy but delicious mega-size lettuce/ hummus/tomato wrap. Nothing on this plate goes to waste!

This meal also came with a Greek side salad chock full of crisp lettuce, chickpeas, beets, red onions, tomatoes and olives, was topped with feta cheese crumbles and accompanied by the requisite Greek dressing.

This was my first visit, and it certainly won’t be my last.

Open 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Summer hours are 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

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