Here's how a native of Chile ends up owning a Greek restaurant in New Jersey:
When Marcelo Barria was a teenager, his sister met a man from Greece who was working on a cargo ship that docked in Chile every month. She eventually married the Athens resident and, concerned about the political situation in Chile, brought Barria and his older brother to Greece to live with her in the early 1980s.
Barria learned how to speak Greek, got a job on a Greek-owned cargo ship and sailed around the world, all the while eating plenty of Greek food and learning about the country's culture. He also visited the island of Mykonos, and fell so hard for its white houses and clear-blue ocean that he vowed to honor it in any restaurant he might open in the future.
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Mykonos Restaurant **
440 Ridge Road, North Arlington
Food: Basic Greek fare, with a homestyle touch.
Ambience: Small, bare-bones storefront in strip mall.
Service: Mostly handled by the welcoming owner.
Value: The better items are a good value. Appetizers $5.95 to $9.95 ($14.95 for an assorted appetizer platter that could feed several), entrées $5.95 to $24.95.
Would be good for: Casual meal, takeout.
Less appropriate for: Formal dinner, upscale Greek.
Recommended dishes: Keftedes (Greek meatballs), spanakopita (spinach pie), Greek salad, baklava.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Will be closed this Sunday.
Liquor, wine: BYO.
Noise level: Not an issue during our visits.
Credit cards: AE, MC, V.
Reservations: Recommended for groups of four or more.
Accommodations for children: Menu, highchairs.
Early-bird specials or deals: No.
Takeout: Yes, and delivery to North Arlington, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Kearny and some parts of Nutley.
Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2012.
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