sponge docks

To see all of my travel posts, click here. All images taken with the Sony NEX-6. (The previous link is an affiliate link, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.)

This is my next post on the majesty of the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL. Cannot recommend enough.

After our tour through the Greek Islands gift shop, we went for dinner at the amazing Hellas Restaurant & Bakery. This is our favorite choice at the Sponge Docks, as it will never disappoint you in your quest for delicious Greek food. The menu is large and varied, with many options. I am a creature of habit and so order the Chicken Souvlaki every time. Jess had some shrimp that looked amazing though, I might try that for next time. We also had the saganaki!

One of the reasons I love Hellas so much is the decor.

There is no lack of neon.

Clouds on the ceiling.

Holiday decor was also in place.

After our wonderful dinner, we moved on to the attached bakery!

While we didn’t eat at the restaurant so much during my younger years, I have distinct memories of getting coffee and baklava with friends in high school. The atmosphere in the bakery is not so unlike a diner in New Jersey.

More neon!

This is the view back into the restaurant.

The variety of baked goods are nothing to be messed with.

It is so hard to choose what to take home! Will and I bought some diples, baklava, and kataifi to go.

I cannot recommend this restaurant and bakery enough, if you make a trip to the Sponge Docks.

Hilton Hotels

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

To see all of my travel posts, click here. All images taken with the Sony NEX-6. (The previous link is an affiliate link, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.)

More Florida tips from me. The love is real!

If you are anywhere near Tarpon Springs, Florida, you need to go to the Sponge Docks. I recommend going mid-day, getting a snack, maybe taking a little dolphin viewing cruise, and then come back and have dinner at one of the absolutely incredible Greek restaurants, the best available in the state, and maybe the country. Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek American residents in the United States, and the Sponge Docks is home to multiple Greek restaurants. All of the ones I have been to are amazing, but Hellas is my favorite. (I will talk about Hellas specifically in an upcoming post.)

Anyway, we visited one night before Christmas, and stopped in at the Greek Islands gift shop, a tribute to Florida, kitsch, and Greece.

We spent at least 15 minutes in here.

Shells, all over the place.

For all of your decorative pirate ship needs.

It’s a little bit NJ shore house, a little bit grandma’s porch.

I should have gotten one of the blowfish for my Christmas tree. Note: they are very sharp.

Rows upon rows of Floridian treasures.

You can see some of the famous local sponges at the bottom here.

I highly recommend a stop at the Greek Islands Gift Shop, and Tarpon Springs in general. It is charming and worth the trip.

Hilton Hotels

{ Comments on this entry are closed }