For our bi-monthly lunch out, Cyndy and I now look for restaurants with the most spacious outdoor patios. This week we went back to her ol’ stompin’ grounds in Chesterfield for one of her favorites: YaYa’s Euro Bistro. It being her birthday week, it was fitting that we go to a place where she felt at home.
Mediterranean Comfort Food
YaYa’s has a substantial and growing fan club for a lot of good reasons. First, there’s the eclectic menu. You’d think a restaurant offering American, French, Italian, Spanish and Greek dishes might be having an identity crisis. Let’s just say it’s a broad-spectrum menu, that indulges a wide Mediterranean palate.
When I hear the restaurant name I always think about the book/film with a similar name. But it has nothing to do with The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. The word simply means grandmother in Greek. Think: homey, Mediterranean comfort food.
You know good things are ahead when your bread comes to the table along with YaYa’s signature baba ghanoush. The Mediterranean dip is made with roasted eggplant, garlic, and yogurt topped with herb oil and a sprinkle of za’atar (an Arabic spice blend).
The “On-the-House” Birthday Treat
As we finished up the meal, our server brought out a tray of house-made desserts. I casually mentioned that we would need a cake of some sort for Cyndy’s birthday. Our server immediately said that to help in our celebration one dessert was on the house. That was perfect since we usually split dessert.
We scanned the dessert tray, but Cyndy knew already what she wanted. Her favorite: a sauced, brownie wrapped in filo alongside a scoop of ice cream. Good choice! It was uber delish!