Monday, June 15, 2009

3rd St. Diner

I went to a diner the other day, all by myself, so while I was waiting and after I was finished I took some photos of the place.

This is the diner sign. 3rd Street is the main street down by the beach in Jacksonville, FL. (A1A)
3rd Street diner is owned by George Kouroumanos. They don't have a website or I'd link to it.

While I was waiting for my drink to arrive I took a look around me. I really liked the drink glasses peeking out from the booths :)

The condiments on the table. All the typical items...sugar, salt, pepper, jelly, etc.

Then my drink arrived. It was a dietCoke. I hadn't had a soda in months and this was a lovely soda. Ice cold, perfectly mixed and a bendy straw.

ahhhhh refreshing!

They had the BEST taztziki there. The best I've had in a very long time. My lunch consisted of Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) and a garnish of feta cheese, cucumber, tomato, onion and lettuce. Oh and a side of taztziki sauce.

*edited to add - The spanakopita was indeed fabulous. It's the best I've had in a long time.

If you've never tried it (taztziki sauce), here's a recipe from All that I just found. It's pretty easy to make I see. I may have to whip up a batch myself!

Taztziki Sauce
2 (8 ounce) containers plain yogurt
2 cucumbers - peeled, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
3 cloves garlic, peeled

In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill and garlic. Process until well-combined. Transfer to a separate dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for best flavor.

My favorite photo. The bar stools or as I called them - the whirly stools - that curved around the bar. Many people were sitting here throughout the time I was there, but at this particular moment everyone was gone.

Do you have a Greek diner near you that you enjoy?


Keetha Broyles said...

Oh, Kirby!!! PLEASE tell me this food was as GOOD as it looks!!! This is JUST the kind of place I LOVE to find.

I'm coming down and we're having a "date" and we're going there AGAIN!!!!


Keetha Broyles said...

We'll do that right after you come and go camping with me.

Kirby3131 said...

Best Spanakopita I've ever had :) It was really really good. I thought I mentioned it, but I guess I just talked about the taztziki.

Come on down! (after I go camping with you!)

jennifer said...

It looks so charming! And the food looks yummy too.

Hope that you are having a great week!

Terri said...

neat pictures! I love old diners

Jean said...

We discovered this little gem by accident last year and have been regulars ever since. Have loved every meal. And you MUST purchase George's phenomenal olive oil. THE best! Seriously, do a taste test compared to what you have in your kitchen. His is so good!

Kristin - The Goat said...

Hello Jean! My husband mentioned the last time we were there that we should get some of the olive oil -- so we did! HAD I actually seen your message two months ago when you wrote your comment (so sorry about that) we might have known about the olive oil sooner.

I'm so glad you like the place. It's a great diner.