The first thing you need to know about Taverna Agora is simple. Flaming cheese. Yes, or flambéed cheese, fancypants. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of said flaming cheese while it is actually flaming. There’s way too much excitement to photograph, with the shouting of “Opa!!” and the waiter brandishing the cheese and brandy and what must be singed arm hairs. The view of the cheese I show you doesn’t look as amazingly tasty as it was. It’s a little chewy, and sharp. Also, it’s pointing at the golden herbed olive oil.
Taverna Agora gas a great atmosphere, rustic in the main dining room and bar area, with lots of wood and wood barrels. Romantic on the patio in the evening as the sunset gives way to twinkly lights and lanterns. It would be a great place for a date or to meet some friends, as we did.
We all enjoyed the calamari, the greek salad and the flaming cheese, but the lamb shank looked to be the most indulgent choice. It’s massive, and fall-off-the-bone tender. My seafood pasta was everything I hoped for, but I couldn’t eat much after all of the apps we enjoyed. And even though there is an ice cream next door, C didn’t regret ordering the espresso gelato. It was rich but not uncomfortably so after the large meal.
6101 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27612 (919) 881-8333