Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 51
Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
Alabama, Tennessee and Florida but
also has a solid presence in Colorado,
Arkansas and Oklahoma.
What's In A Name?
When tossing around ideas for a restaurant name, Richards saw a photograph
of his wife from their trip to Greece. She
stood next to a menu board featuring
the word "tzatziki." Served with grilled
meats, tzatziki is a yogurt-based sauce
mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt and
olive oil, and can also contain herbs like
dill, mint, parsley or thyme.
It may be a beloved Greek sauce,
but its name doesn't exactly roll off the
tongue - especially for Americans living
in Alabama. "We took out one Z and one
T so that people in Alabama could pronounce it," Richards says, chuckling.
Taziki's Mediterranean Café was
born. Inspired by the cuisine he tasted in Greece and a few family recipes,
Richards cobbled together a Mediterranean menu peppered with lots of fresh
vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish and
meats like lamb and poultry.
Taziki's recipes call for foods that are
primarily plant-based, use healthy fats
such as olive oil instead of butter and
herbs and spices instead of salt. The
Mediterranean-inspired menu, with a
slightly southern accent, also features
freshly grilled meats, healthy side dishes and original sauces.
"We are not your typical restaurant,"
Richards says. "The Mediterranean
coastal entrees we serve at Taziki's
can't be found anywhere else."
Aside from its original sauces, some
of the unique items on the menu include Taziki's Taco made with grilled
tilapia, crunchy slaw, spicy herb sauce
and diced tomatoes. The café also
offers an assortment of gyros made
with a choice of chicken, lamb, beef or
"Everything is made fresh. No freezers. No fryers," Richards says. "It's a
very unique menu."
Some of the café's most popular
menu items include a Mediterranean
salad with grilled salmon, mixed letBresco Nearly 20 years ago, we helped Keith and Amy
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