When people think of dining at airports, they often think of greasy fast food, overpriced sitdown restaurants, ultra-crowded spots that are not all that comfortable, or perhaps they try not to think of it at all. But a few of the smaller airports around Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England actually have decent restaurants, including even some destination spots. And one of these places happens to be only a short ride from Boston. Located at Gate 1 of Norwood Memorial Airport is a fantastic family-run Greek restaurant called Taso's Euro-Cafe, a full-service dining spot that gives some of the best Greek places around Boston a run for their money.
Taso's Euro-Cafe used to reside in Quincy, but a fire unfortunately destroyed their original location there. Now located just off of Route 1 north (near the Automile), Taso's is more of a real sitdown restaurant than it was back in Quincy, when it was basically a takeout place. The restaurant has a main dining area to the left of the entrance, as well as a smaller area to the right. The main area also has a small section separated by a railing where tables are lined up along the front windows. There is also a counter area where people can pick up meals to go, as well as buy various items in the food displays along the counter.
The menu at Taso's has a number of terrific dishes. Appetizers include a creamy egg lemon chicken soup (also known as avgolemono), a Greek salad that is overloaded with feta cheese, meatless stuffed grape leaves that have perfectly-seasoned rice inside, and opa opa fries with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce (this last item is only on special). For entrees, Taso's offers a personal-sized pan pizza that is a bit puffy like Greek pizzas found at your neighborhood houses of pizza, but with much less grease; a hearty pastichio (meat and macaroni pie) that has onions, oil, spices, and bechamel sauce adding a mix of flavors; a rich-tasting moussaka with layers of ground beef, eggplant, and bechamel; lamb and chicken souvlaki dishes that come with tzatziki (yogurt sauce) and both of which feature lean, tender meat; baked lamb, which comes in a delicious tomato sauce; spanakopita (spinach pie), a mix of spinach and feta served as a large single piece rather than as small triangles; stuffed peppers that are filled with seasoned ground beef and rice; tender and nicely-charred steak tips that actually rival some of the best in the Boston area; and the always-popular gyro, which includes sauteed meat, pita bread and tzatziki. For dessert, the ekmek is a decadent choice (a Turkish item that has custard placed atop shredded phyllo), while the baklava at Taso's is a must, as it is made in the traditional way (using sugar water) and served as a wedge, much like a piece of pie. (The cupcakes are also well worth trying.)
It is strange to think that the busy, often-frenzied Route 1 is so close to Taso's Euro-Cafe, yet Taso's feels so off the beaten track. But those in the know realize that a special meal can be had at Norwood Memorial Airport, whether they go for lunch or dinner. Taso's may not be easy to find, but it is a nice little restaurant that certainly serves up some really good Greek food.
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