CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I made my way down to the mall late last week to mark the last day of Best of Crete, which closed Thursday after 30 years in business.
It opened with Town Center back in 1983, delighting countless fans with its Greek cuisine ever since. Social media mourning was swift and strong once word of the restaurant's closing got out. (You may have heard the collective, "WHAT??!!")
"Best of Crete introduced so many people to delicious Greek cuisine!" reader Terry O'Fiesh wrote in lamenting the restaurant's closing. Several others tossed around words like "tragedy" and "bummer."
One Twitter follower asked if I could snag the hummus recipe they used. "It was the BEST!"
Hello, Best of Crete?
I loved the restaurant's hummus, grape leaf rolls, moussaka, pastitiso, souvlaki. And it had the best gyros ever.
But for my Last Supper that day, I chose the classic Taste of Crete sampler featuring grilled gyro meat and chicken on a bed of rice pilaf, served with stewed green beans, Greek salad, toasted pita bread and your choice of pastry.
Feeling nostalgic, I had traditional baklava.
That sweet ending — along with everything else that day — was so good and, I swear, tasted even better than I remember. It made me regret not stopping by more frequently when I could.
Don't know what you got til it's gone, they say.
But hopefully Best of Crete won't be gone too long. The sign announcing the closing hinted at a "new location" in the future.
Fingers tightly crossed.