Review: Easton’s Daddy Place serves delicious Mediterranean food (Morning Call)
Daddy’s Place in Easton is an anomaly. One side looks like it’s a beer distributor, the other mimics a pickup pizza parlor, but it’s the tables in between that count. Delicious Mediterranean fare is served up in restaurant-style, sit-down fashion.
This is a family affair: Owner Lena Koorie opened Daddy’s Place in October last year, after renovating the former Northampton Glass building. Family members cook and serve here, and share their enthusiasm for the always fresh and freshly made homestyle cuisine.
With its open kitchen and easy view of the grill and fire-fueled oven, the no-nonsense establishment feels practical. A concrete block exterior establishes a gray-toned, contemporary color scheme that continues inside, highlighted by the kitchen’s stainless steel and the dining area’s black tablecloths.
Daddy’s Place offers more than 250 craft, seasonal and domestic beers. The beers’ shipping boxes are stacked to the ceiling, along with long refrigerator cases stuffed with bottles and six-packs, to prove it.
While the menu features many Mediterranean favorites such as baba ghanoush, grape leaves and falafel, there are also American-style foods : hamburgers, steak sandwiches, wings and tuna salad sandwiches, to name a few.
“Daddy’s style hummus” ($5.99), a shared starter, was a tasty turn from the usual. In this rendition, the chickpea dip was topped with seasoned ground beef and pine nuts and served with a fresh-from-the-oven big, beautiful puff of homemade pita.
One of the restaurant’s pizza-like “open pies,” “labne pie” ($5.99) illustrated its homemade fare. The thin crust, made in-hous
e, was topped with tangy yogurt (also made in-house) and onion, parsley, mint, spices and olive oil. What a savory pleasure.
Fattoush (in place of dinner salad, $1 up charge) was delightful: A pile of crispy, fresh romaine touched with light, bright dressing and the red of radish as well as shades of green, thanks to pieces of green onion and lots of perfect parsley. Pita crisps, like croutons, added the final touch of texture and flavor.
A mix of Black Angus ground beef, lamb, onion, parsley and spices, two large patties of kafta ($16.95) had a touch of the exotic in their fine flavor profile. Lamb and chicken kebabs ($16.95) were fragrant with spice; the excellent cubes of chicken breast were especially tender and moist.
The house vegetable medley — green pepper, eggplant, mushrooms and onion — was delicious.
Inside Daddy’s Place front door, a display case showcases desserts made on site — carrot cake, cheesecakes, cookies and fruit tarts among them. My pistachio baklava ($3.38, two pieces), heavy with honey syrup, was sweet as nectar from a benevolent god.
The excellent service here, along with fine food and the family heart of Daddy’s Place, makes this a neighborhood restaurant worth driving across town for.
Dinner for two totaled $63, including tax and tip but without alcoholic beverages.
Susan Gottshall is a freelance restaurant reviewer for Go Guide. Gottshall attempts to remain anonymous during restaurant visits. All meals are paid for by The Morning Call.
650 Northampton St., Easton
•Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
Prices: Appetizers: $2.99-$9.49; sandwiches: $2.89-$8.99; entrees: $10.95-$18.95
Credit cards: Major cards accepted.
Bar: Full service.
Accessibility: Premises and restrooms wheelchair accessible.
Location: In city commercial and residential area at Northampton and South Locust streets. Parking in lot and on street.