PSOMI in Greek translates to Bread PSOMI in Restaurant speak translates to AWESOME GOODNESS
Christina Theofilos took an old radiator shop on Howard Avenue (across from the Armory, now the JCC) and transformed it to a beautiful Greek food paradise. Everything is homemade from the bread to the tzatziki. Her mom Liz did all the decorating – and dad John, while a very successful businessman, was bussing tables today. It is a true family affair.
Christina cares about the food she presents and I can guarantee a great food experience. The baklava and spanakopita (which is open faced and different than most) is the best I’ve ever had including in Greece.
Psomi opened this past Monday and is already a hit with guests. The official grand opening is this Friday November 8th. They are open for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 3pm – dinner will be coming in a few months. Please let me know your thoughts.
PSOMI 701 North Howard Avenue Corner of Howard and Cass Tampa, Florida 33606 (813) 733-0890
Raw oysters, fried oysters, oyster stew – it’s all good. But the key to my heart looks a whole lot like these grilled oysters – and this parmesan garlic butter sets them off to another dimension – they will be a hit at any party this holiday season…guaranteed.
Remember, abs are temporary – but grilled oysters are forever.
Half bushel fresh oysters – shucked – loosen the oyster from the bottom shell
2 sticks (1/2 pound) soft salted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
1/4 cup grated fine parmesean cheese
2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Fresh lemon juice (never bottled) for oysters when done
1 large half sheet pan
With a fork (or stand mixer, or food processor), mix the butter, garlic, cheese, parsley, pepper, lemon zest until completely combined. Place one teaspoon of butter mixture on each oyster placing closely together on large rimmed ½ sheet pan.
Place sheet pan on pre-heated grill set to the highest temperature. Cover – and let cook until butter mixture is melted and browning. Once done, place on serving platter, pour any extra juices from pan over the oysters and squeeze a bit of fresh lemon over each oyster.
It is important to always keep your oysters cold before grilling to prevent bacteria. Ice them down if doing outside grilling. They can be broiled if so desired.