Costas Opa in Fremont, is located on the corner of Fremont Avenue and 34th Street with a perfect view of the Fremont Bridge. During the day it is a quiet place where you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch. At night it transforms into a more festive setting with performances from belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.
On my last visit which was during the Greek Independence Celebration, it was a full house but we had a reservation thus were seated quickly. Due to the packed house the service was a little slow in regards to taking our order, however on other occasions the service has been quite good
Scanning the menu I noticed that all dinner entrees were served with a choice of soup. Based on this I chose the avgolemono, a hearty, tart, lemon and rice soup, and for my entree, I tried one of the specials, the Hellenic Combo that consisted of lamb souvlaki, dolmades, spanakopita and vegetables. The souvlaki was grilled to perfection, the dolmades (stuffed grape leaves)were topped with avgolemono sauce, the spanakopita (fillo pastry stuffed with spinach and feta) was delicate flavourful, and vegetables in a tomato sauce were tasty. In fact the entree was so large and filling that I had to take a large portion home.
This didn't surprise me as on another visit, I tried one of the breakfast specials – the Zorba omelette. The massive omelette was filled with gyros meat, onions, tomatoes, spinach and black olives, sprinkled with feta cheese, served with potatoes and fruit (though I ordered extra fruit instead of the potatoes). I recommend trying it when it is one of the daily specials since it is not on the regular menu.
Furthermore, I have visited Costas for lunch and feasted on the Athenian salad with consisted of spinach leaves, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers, olives, chicken, feta cheese tossed in a vinaigrette dressing (although I substituted gyros meat for the chicken).
As far as desserts are concerned I have tried the baklava (a flakey fillo pastry drizzled with honey and sprinkled with walnuts), and the galaktoboureko (fillo pastry wrapped around the subtly sweet lemon, vanilla custard topped with honey and cinnamon). I enjoyed both and will definitely order them again.
Overall Costas Opa's menu is extensive, and they are reasonably accommodating with substitutions, so this should assist anyone with a common special dietary need.
Reviewed by: Sukie Johan
Last reviewed: March 25th, 2007