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Taziki’s Mediterranean Café

by Kevin Fritz

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Offering the mouthwatering flavors of the Mediterranean with a Southern flair, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café is Oviedo’s newest playhouse for the palate.

A play on the popular Greek cucumber-based Tzatziki sauce, Taziki’s has struck a chord with locals as the go-to fresh alternative restaurant in town. The Oviedo location on Mitchell Hammock Road and South Central Avenue opened in 2018, complete with a popular 700-square-foot patio.

“We are not traditional Greek, but more Mediterranean that offers flavors of the South we all love so much,” explains owner Debbie Curtis.

A Panama City native, Debbie resides part-time in Oviedo and at home in Birmingham, Alabama (where the Taziki’s concept originated), with her husband Jonathan and two newly adopted children.

“Everyone knows Taziki’s in Birmingham,” says Debbie. “I ate there three times a week. I loved the Chicken Feast and the Mediterranean salad. I still do.”

Debbie became involved with the Christian-based restaurant 10 years ago with the goal to open her own take on the eatery in her home state. Beyond Oviedo, Debbie also owns a Taziki’s in Panama City and Panama City Beach.

Freshness is key to the success of Taziki’s. Produce is cut fresh twice a day, and everything is made to order. There are no freezers, fryers, or microwaves... and no brown lettuce. Because everything is made to order, Taziki’s easily caters to vegan, paleo, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. Debbie says her staff can handle any dietary concern, including a food allergy.

While the menu offers traditional gyros, the Turkey and the Egg and Grilled Beef sandwiches are a nice find. The Feasts – which come with a salad, a side, and pita chips – are available with chicken, lamb, shrimp, pork, veggie, or fish. The salmon is especially popular.

The appetizer menu offers the brand’s famous Taziki dip, as well as whipped feta, Debbie’s absolute favorite. And nothing quenches your thirst better than her fresh-brewed sweet tea.

Debbie adds that the oversized kitchen allows her to bake Taziki’s famous chocolate cake (the founder’s grandmother’s recipe) as well as cater weddings, meetings, conferences, and church gatherings. The restaurant also delivers and makes it easy with its very own app.

“We make 100 things from scratch daily,” says Debbie. “What I really love is that everything is fresh and homemade, yet quick enough for lunch.”

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