At Jake and Telly’s, a popular Old Colorado City restaurant that transports you to the Mediterranean with its brightly painted walls and enchanting Greek menu, several updates are planned to toast the new year.
Two years ago dashing owner-operator Jake Topakas — who owns the place with a brother in San Francisco and launched it in part with an investment from his father — had a religious experience of sorts involving his personal health. “I’ve had a huge turnaround in terms of what goes into my body,” he said during a visit at the bar, where he invited me to sample various reds from his expertly chosen wine collection. “No fast food or mass produced food. I can truly feel a difference in the past six months, especially. If I don’t eat organically, I can feel it the next day.”
Lightly cooked and carefully seasoned meat is highly prized in Greece, and Jake’s native tastes — plus his new level of culinary awareness — have made him a big believer in Ranch Foods Direct. “That’s all I have at home,” he says. “The things I spend money on are the simple pleasures.” He also proudly features select Callicrate Beef items on his menu, including a delicious-sounding gourmet burger, a lightly grilled “beefteki” ground beef appetizer and a weekly chef’s special served with asparagus and garlic dill mashers.
“What I like about Ranch Foods Direct is that I can make a traditional Greek dish and just make it that much better by using Callicrate Beef,” he says. “As of right now, my favorite cut is the tri-tip: we’ve ordered it three times.”
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