“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” I would offer instructively, if either this book or its cover required me to. But beneath the cerulean awning, Santorini’s is everything a Greek diner should be.
The restaurant was founded in 1974 by the same Greek family that owns and operates it today. Breakfast is a definite highlight, with a good selection of omelettes, pancakes, and waffles at affordable prices. For under $6, you can get two eggs with toast, goetta, and home fries. And I’ve heard you can substitute the toast for a delicious blueberry pancake. Just be careful about going Sunday mornings, as that’s when it’s most crowded.
If you’re in for lunch or dinner, it’s a good idea to start with spanakopita (feta and spinach between filo) or dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). Then I’d give the double-deckers serious consideration, as well as the jumbo haddock and pizza.
Yes, there’s pizza at a Greek restaurant. And it might be the best thing on the menu, particularly the Greek variant with spinach, red onions, feta, mozzarella, and thick tomato slices.
Still, as with all Greek diners, the proof is in the gyros. And golly does Santorini’s get some mileage out of theirs. In fact, the menu, which can seem quite large at first blush, is around 30% gyro, comprising the classic pita recipe but also gyro pizzas and even a gyro omelette.
Alas, I’m the worst person to judge them, because Skippers Pub turned me into a life-long gyro addict, and now everything beneath tzatziki registers as delicious. So even though I’ll happily say Santorini’s gyros are aye plus, nonetheless it’s a proposition you should test yourself.
And while you’re testing that proposition, maybe save some room to test this one: Santorini’s chili-cheese coneys are as good as you'll find at a one-off diner.
Yes, there’s Cincinnati chili at a Greek restaurant. And just like Santorini’s pizza, it’s one of the best things on the menu.
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Santorini's Restaurant is located at 3414 Harrison Avenue (45211). For more information, visit them on Facebook.