Garner is not known for it’s great variety of restaurants, but those of us who live here know where to find a a good bite to eat. Always looking for something new close to home I was intrigued when I saw a sign go up to the left of the post office that read Alexander Mediterranean Cuisine. As a person who likes to try new things I was both excited and curious to see what this was all about.
I found a night this week to sneak away and give this new delicacy a try. Upon entering the space I was quickly reminded that it used to be a Chinese restaurant and although the walls have new paint and there’s a few posters of Greece on the walls, the place looks pretty much the same.
The restaurant is sit down with a nice variety on its menu. It offers everything from calamari, stuffed grape leaves, gyros and sandwiches on the lower end to higher end entrees such as filet mignon for $22.95 and various seafood dishes ranging from $10 – $20. There’s a small section of Italian items and they also have a wine menu ranging from $5-$6/glass.
The waiter was very informative and helpful about the specials. After much debate I decided to get stuffed grape leaves as an appetizer and seafood pasta as my main course. To start the meal they bring out fresh bread with olive oil and spices that were delicious. The grape leaves were authentic and quite good. The entree was absolutely delicious with penne pasta, large chunks of salmon, halibut, scallops, shrimp, tomatoes, spinach and a white wine cream sauce. It a nice big portion and the flavor was fantastic.
I had the pleasure of meeting the chef Andreas who is the real deal having come to the area from Cypress less than a year ago. If you’re looking for something to eat outside of the box but close to home give this place a try!