The Urban Dictionary defines the word “Opa” as “a Greek word used to describe a jubilant emotion of/during a celebration.” That explains a lot actually. On any given Friday night at Skippers, a fun and smiling crowd will shout out “Opa!” many, many times. More importantly, you will find yourself (of Greek heritage or not) declaring loud and proud “OPA!” and absolutely love the feeling it brings on!
Let me tell you about my first time to enjoy Skippers Friday night entertainment…
First and foremost, Skippers has some of the kindest servers around. Knowledgeable as well! If you are a little challenged when it comes to Greek cuisine, your server is your best friend. On this particular Friday, Nikki was my “guide” for the evening and helped me choose “Saganaki” to try. Saganaki is a Greek cheese that is set on fire at the table and eaten with pita bread. You are supposed to use lemon wedges to put the fire out, but (oops) my husband used them to flavor his water. Nikki did not judge! Opa!
Second and very important is the entertainment. The music was provided by George Kitidis (bouzouki) and Nikkos Leontoudis (accordion). Kitidis is very smooth like a Greek Frank Sinatra. His voice is deep and rich. Leontoudis’ deft fingers mastered the accordion keys. Kitidis introduced the beautiful belly dancer named Jahari as she danced gracefully with swaying hips and clicking finger cymbals.
To the delight of the crowd, Jahari moved around each table within the room. She had a slight smile and peaceful expression.
After a brief break, we were treated to a second belly dancer who had a different style. Lauren had a darker costume, darker hair with a flower, a more athletic dance, and a mysterious look on her face. Both performances were absolutely amazing. (I admit to googling belly dancing lessons when I got home!) Opa!
Lastly – and so interesting – Skippers’ history: The owners are John and Terry Psarovarkas. They were introduced in 1971 in New York and married six months later. Based on the recommendation of a friend, John and Terry moved to Houston in 1978. In 1994, Skippers Greek Cafe opened in Clear Lake Shores. They are hands on. In fact, Terry was at the register when we visited. She is the matriarch in the family friendly atmosphere.
Friday night will never be the same again. Shout it with me: OPA!
Go visit Skippers! This quaint diner is located at 1026 Marina Bay Drive in Clear Lake Shores. They open at 5:30 a.m. each day and customers have gushed over the breakfast! It’s okay if you aren’t an early riser since it is served all day. Equally yummy are the original Greek family recipes. Visit their website at www.skipperscafe.com or call 281-334-4787 for additional information. Tell them you read about Skippers in The SCENE.
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