Searching for a taste of Greece? Well look no farther than these Twin Cities hot spots.
Here, we have a great selection of both on-the-go Greek food and welcoming family restaurants, ready to make you a part of their extended relatives.
The flavors and creations coming out of these kitchens combine perfect blends of traditional Greek spices and plenty of authentic Mediterranean flair. The combination of great Greek food and warm hospitality are enough to make anyone jump up and say, “Opa!”
Christos has been offering locals the best in classic Greek cuisine since 1988. The menu features a wide selection of favorites — including traditional plates and new twists on Greek flavors. The spanakopita is classically served with rich filling and flakey phyllo pastry and the gyros are some of the best in the cities.
Acropol Inn Restaurant
748 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
When traditional Greek cuisine is mixed with a family-style atmosphere, you get Acropol Inn. The cozy restaurant mixes its home-style cooking with tasty seasonings and spot-on tzatziki.
For a casual dining in a cute café setting, you can’t go wrong at Shish. Here, the specialty is in the name — the shish kebabs are what they do best. Served on rice with a salad and warm pita bread, the kebabs are always nice and juicy, packed with great seasoning and bold flavors.
This family-owned and operated spot is a great addition to its Lyn-Lake location. For more than 25 years, this Greek restaurant has been a popular spot for both its authenticity and warm hospitality. The menu offers an array of specialty meats and spinach pies to daily deals and seafood specials.
From the bold, blue canopies to the mighty waving Greek flags, you can’t get much more Greek than Santorini. And you can’t get much better food than from the Nicklow brothers — cuisine legends with Greek food in the Twin Cities. Between the lamb chops, moussaka and slouvaki, these brothers have mastered the art of Grecian flavors.
It’s all in a name — and here, the gyros are simply out of this world. For those looking to grab a good gyro the way it should — and was meant — to be served, this is your spot. The portions are plentiful, they don’t skimp on the juicy slices of meat and the kicked-up-a-notch options really takes your tastebuds to a new dimension.
Gardens of Salonica
19 5th St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
In 1991, northeast Minneapolis received a treat in Greek cuisine. Gardens of Salonica opened with the promise of traditional Greek dishes with an emphasis on local, all-natural and even organic ingredients. The cozy Greek spot offers the classics, a few modern twists and a take-out menu perfect for lazy nights or parties needing to be catered.
Family is key at Kafe 421 and like many Greek traditions, when you walk in to dine on Greek food — you’re family. The hospitality from the wait staff and the delicious food coming out of the kitchen are simply top-notch. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, which makes for a great evening out and the prices make it possible to come back again and again.
4080 W Broadway Ave # 141
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
The quality of a gyro could sometimes be measured by the amount of napkins one needs when consuming it. Here at Athens, it’s best to grab an entire dispenser. The gyros — though messy — are tasty and the fries pair perfectly.
Sara Boyd is a web producer and columnist at WCCO.COM.