We are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but some New Jersey towns are more Irish than others. (more…)
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
- Cost: $$
- Alcohol: BYO
November 1, 2011
Guest review by Michelle Stavrou (@JerseyGirlEats) of Jersey Girl Eats
“Growing up in a half-Greek household taught me to be picky about what I consider exceptional Greek food. I’ve eaten at a number of Greek restaurants in New Jersey, and I can easily say that Stamna in Bloomfield ranks near the top.
My husband and I met my parents for lunch at Stamna. The four of us decided to start with a variety of appetizers, then order main dishes if we were still hungry. First up was tzatziki, the popular yogurt cucumber dip. Stamna’s version was creamy and had great flavor, a perfect accompaniment to the fresh pita bread. We also ordered the Cypriot salad, though I’m fairly certain they brought us a regular Greek salad instead. We didn’t even notice though, as the salad was packed with bright red tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and some of the best feta I’ve had. Along with the salad we got grape leaves (dolmadakia), meatballs (keftedakia), and cheese pies (tyropitakia). The standouts were definitely the meatballs. Crispy and well-seasoned, I had to restrain myself from finishing them off. The individual cheese pies had a creamier filling than we were used to, but the taste was spot-on.
By the time we were polishing off the last of the tyropitakia, we knew we were too full to order any additional food. One of the great things about Greek cuisine is the ability to make an entire meal from appetizers, giving you the ability to try a little bit of everything. We’re already planning what we’re going to order next time. I have a feeling it won’t be long before we work our way through the entire menu.”