Bayside’s Gem: Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill

Here’s one for our NY readers! Entertainment Reporter Markos Papadatos reviews Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood Grill in Bayside.

Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill

Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill is an elegant restaurant in the heart of Bell Boulevard in Bayside, New York. Since January 2011, they’ve served up fine foods, wine, and catering, in a friendly, family atmosphere.

Their motto is “truly homemade” and at Maria’s that is absolutely the case. It is a family-owned restaurant that is run by culinary queen Maria Petridis, who single-handedly does all the cooking and baking on the premises. Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood Grill features fresh food made from high-quality ingredients, with a special focus on their seafood, especially the fish. Their Mediterranean cuisine consists of savory flavors and family recipes.

 

The Greek Salad at Maria's Mediterranean Seafood & Grill is served with dolmadakia. PHOTO BY MARKOS PAPADATOS
The Greek Salad at Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill is served with dolmadakia. PHOTO BY MARKOS PAPADATOS

 

Sides at Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill include fresh cut fries, lemon potatoes, white rice, vegetable rice, steamed veggies, string beans, okra, and spinach rice, in addition to their avgolemono (egg and lemon) and lentil soups. Their wide range of seafood consists of grilled or fried calamari, salmon fillet, fillet of lemon sole, stuffed filet of flounder, shrimp Mykonos, shrimp scampi, sea bass, scallops and crab cakes.

 

One of their finest desserts is a homemade lemon pie, which deserves a standing ovation for Chef Maria.

 

Don't miss the homemade lemon pie at Maria's. PHOTO BY MARKOS PAPADATOS
Do yourself a favor. Don’t miss the homemade lemon pie at Maria’s. PHOTO BY MARKOS PAPADATOS

They also offer a children’s menu that consists of chicken fingers, pork souvlaki, fried shrimp, pita pizza and pasta, as well as an extensive catering menu. At each visit, there is always something new to try.

Most impressive about Maria is that she is open to sharing her family recipes with her patrons, thus encouraging them to take a part of her cuisine to their own households.

 

The Verdict

Overall, Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill is a pleasure to visit and dine. The care they put into their food is quite exceptional, as are the staff and owners. It is ideal for the entire family, and highly recommended. Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill garners an A rating. Stop by if you’re in the area. You won’t be disappointed.


Maria’s Mediterranean Seafood & Grill is located at 38-11 Bell Blvd Bayside, NY, 11361. 718.279.1606 

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Markos Papadatos

Markos Papadatos

Markos Papadatos is an acclaimed Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 4,400 articles over the past 9.5 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music including Aerosmith, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Dame Vera Lynn, Lee Ann Womack, Idina Menzel, Hank Williams Jr., Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Armin van Buuren, The Marshall Tucker Band, Megadeth, Charlie Daniels, Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart, Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson from The Bangles, Matchbox 20, Hot Chelle Rae, Martin Garrix, Jewel, Amy Grant, Kris Allen, David Cook and Phillip Phillips from American Idol, teen sensations Cody Simpson and Austin Mahone, Daniel Powter, Matt Nathanson, Little Big Town, Easton Corbin, Chris Young, Sandi Patty, Matthew West, DJs Paul van Dyk and Sander van Doorn, Dan Tyminski, Ron Block and Jerry Douglas from Alison Krauss and Union Station, Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury, Gene Watson, among countless others. He has also interviewed Olympic gold medalist in wrestling Mark Schultz (whose life was made into the film "Foxcatcher"), as well as Olympic gold medalist in diving David Boudia, and the world's greatest magician, Criss Angel.
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