Sparta Greek Grill

I looooove Greek food. I blame it on working at the mall and having nothing else to eat. It used to be OPA every lunch break till I switched jobs and went to Jimmy the Greek instead. Surprisingly, I found a Greek place in the northside that I'd actually passed by so many times and never noticed! My friend and I actually came here three times before we finally got to eat it. The first two times, they were closed unexpectedly. I guess third time really is the charm.

Sparta Greek Grill is a family owned restaurant located on 137 ave in the White Oaks area beside Superstore. Their menu has a lot of variety and the owner is super friendly! Food choices are mainly salads, side orders, platters, and pita wraps. The prices are reasonable and portions are filling. The atmosphere is warming and inviting. I suggest sitting upstairs because the walls are designed to make you feel like you're in Greece!

We both ordered platters for ourselves, which are accompanied by 3 side orders, pita bread, and tzatiki sauce. The platter choices available are souvlaki (chicken, beef, or lamb), beef keftedes, salmon fillet, and veggie falafel. 

I had the beef keftedes platter. I usually get souvlaki at other Greek places so I wanted to try something new. Beef keftedes can be described as similar to a hamburger patty because it's made with lean ground beef but added with herbs and spices to give it flavour. The keftedes was very juicy and tender. For my side orders, I had Greek salad, fries, and Greek rice. I am not the biggest fan of Greek salad in general but the owner told me that she makes the best so I was convinced. Her Greek salad was indeed very juicy and fresh. It was a refreshing addition to the meal. The fries were delicious! They weren't too oily but lightly deep fried and crispy with Greek spices and lemon juice. The rice was disappointing. It was very bland and some were dry as well. The pita bread was soft and dipped with tzatiki sauce that was freshly made in house.

My friend got the beef souvlaki which was marinated with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and spices. The beef was grilled then served. I tried a piece and found it to be a bit too dry. For his side orders, he had the same salad and rice as me, along with roasted potatoes. The potatoes could've been a bit more softer but they are baked so that would explain why there was a slight crisp.

Sparta Greek Grill is worth stopping by if you're in the northside craving Greek food.

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Address: 12208 137 Ave


My latest ramenventure had taken me to St. Albert. About 2 weeks ago, YEG finally had some rainy days so I knew that it was ramen weather time. I love ramen and all but I'm not really down for it when it's 30 degrees outside in the summertime. 

When I heard that Ohana-Ya was offering ramen during lunch time (Mon to Fri; 11:30 to 2:30) around 2 months ago, I knew I had to check it out. They're a Japanese restaurant located off the main road in St Al. and they also offer the usual sashimi and sushi, too. Their lunch menu is more limited than their dinner menu, though. The restaurant is actually owned by Chinese people but the ramen was very close to authentic! 

Ohana-Ya serves 5 different kinds of ramen: shio, shoyu, miso, tonkotsu, and tan tan. They're all $11 each with the exception of tan tan, which is $12. 

O2 Joe's

Yay it's my 100th post!

I was craving wings last night so my friend and I went to O2 Joe's in the northside. It's a pub and taphouse with a patio that overlooks the street. We didn't even know where the door was at first because it's a huge black door with no windows.. The inside of the pub is very dark and dingy, definitely not my kind of atmosphere. There's a dance floor with a huge bar and alcohol selection so I'm guessing it's a bit busy on weekends. Since it was a warm evening out, we sat on the patio. There were a few other tables there. O2 Joe's is one of the rare places in the city to do a wing special 7 days a week. Their special is 45 cent wings after 4 pm until closing. Their food menu is quite extensive considering how they are just a pub. The food came out very quick which was a bonus since I was really hungry, after a whole day of scooping gelato at Taste of Edmonton!

They don't seem to be associated with the multiple O2's locations around the city. 

Sicilian Pasta Kitchen

Slowly catching up on all my food blogging posts... Hopefully I'll be all caught up before I go to Calgary next month so that I can write a bunch of YYC posts when I'm back. Back in May, I went to Sicilian Pasta Kitchen (SPK) on Jasper Ave for dinner. I had been craving pasta that week and decided to try out this place again. I'd gone here once before two summers ago but didn't really enjoy it. Some of my friends really like this place though so I gave it a second chance. After all, it could've been just the pasta I ordered the first time. Well, good thing I went again because I ended up finding it delicious!

SPK is more of a modern fine dining restaurant. They have another location on the southside as well. The interior is very nice with these big glass bulbs for lighting. Just like its name, pasta takes up most of their menu. They also serve other southern Italian dishes, such as pizza, salads, and main entrees (lamb, veal, rib eye steak, chicken, salmon, and beef tenderloin). Most of the pasta is decently priced considering the quality of it and the big portion of it. 

Pasta Pane (top) x Piatto Assortito (bottom)