Bay Space institution Nick the Greek has popped up in Santa Monica, serving souvlaki, gyros, pita sandwiches and extra in a brief-provider cafe place just off the Promenade.
Inspite of its singular moniker, Nick the Greek essentially signifies a few separate Nicks who are restricted-knit cousins from the same foodstuff loving spouse and children of Greeks.
The man accountable for bringing Nick the Greek to Santa Monica on the other hand, is not a Nick, but one particular Anton Van Take place, who shares the cousins’ obsession with reliable Greek avenue foodstuff.
“I grew up in Europe myself and the Euro pita sandwich was something I could never ever discover any where in the US that tasted exactly like it did in Europe, and with Nick the Greek that’s specifically how it was,” mentioned Van Take place.
It might have been adore at first bite that initially captivated Van Take place to the model, but it was the restaurant’s enterprise design that focused on brief-support, contemporary components and broad client attractiveness that convinced him to sign on as a franchisee.
So far SoCal places of Nick the Greek have opened in Ventura, Newport, Westlake and Westwood, but Van Transpire is specifically thrilled about the Santa Monica spot.
“Santa Monica is truly a awesome central hub for visitors and visitors, and that absolutely aids the name get out, specifically the simple fact that we’re on the corner of the Promenade that is exactly why we picked Santa Monica to be in,” claimed Van Take place.
The menu is primarily based on standard loved ones recipes, quite a few of which ended up passed down from the 3 Nicks’ grandmother. The preparing strategy is real to the streets of Greece with all meat cooked on skewers or a rotisserie and all greens and sauces ready new in retail store.
The menu has a harmony of wholesome and indulgent dishes.
The Greek salad is a basic mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, purple onions, peppers, kalamata olives and feta cheese, with out any of the lettuce that American versions of the dish will normally increase. Meanwhile, the pork souvlaki pita features skewered pork cooked over an open up flame served within a pita stuffed with tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce and french fries.
“A funny factor is, for illustration, the Euro pita sandwiches we add like 4 or 5 french fries in there, and in some cases you get buyers walking into the store likely ‘oh that can’t be common Greek, you fellas are hoping to place an American twist on it’,” claimed Van Transpire. “That’s not it. It truly really is like that in Greece, you get a Euro pita and it’s acquired french fries in it.”
The desserts are also a menu emphasize and include things like baklava, Greek frozen yogurt, and conventional Greek beignets called loukoumades, which are topped with nuts and honey syrup.
“What a great deal of individuals appear to Nick the Greek for is our Greek frozen yogurt,” mentioned Van Take place. “You can possibly have it plain, it’s acquired a tart flavor to it, or you can have it with crumbled baklava and honey on prime to sweeten it up, and individuals just go mad for it.”
Nick the Greek is open up for dine-in, takeout and delivery at 219 Arizona Ave, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and right up until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.