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Oct 15, 2001 02:14 PM

Greek restaurant on Church St

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Happened to be cruising up Church Street near 29th St, and noticed a new (at least to me) Greek restaurant called Yianni's. Gray-and-white faux marbling outside, blue-and-white sponge painting inside, with a nice backyard patio. Dinner menu seemed pretty straightforward--souvlaki, kebabs, dolmades, mousaka, pastitsio, plus various kinds of fish, including a seafood linguini with tomatoes and feta. They were doing a pretty good brunch business when I walked by. Anyone been to check it out? There's also a very hip looking California-style sushi place nearby called Deep. Goodbye, Star Bakery and Speckmann's; hello spider rolls....

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    Zach Georgopoulos

    Wow, thanks for the tip-off -- I'll try it out some time this week and report (I'm always in search of decent Greek food). There's a Yianni's in Burlingame that I have not been overly impressed with -- I hope that they're not under the same ownership...

    I haven't been in that neighborhood for awhile -- did Speckmann's and Star close? They'll be sorely missed...

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    1. re: Zach Georgopoulos


      Have you ever been to Evvia in downtown Palo Alto?

      1. re: Hiko Ikeda
        Zach Georgopoulos

        Yes -- I rather enjoy it, but it's a bit pricey. I'm always on the lookout for good, insexpensive food ;-)

        In all, though, I'd say Evvia is pretty authentic (more so than their sister restaurant in SF, Kokkari).

        1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

          When I lived in the Midwest, I often went to a local Greek church on its fund-raising lunch days.

    2. Yianni's is where Cafe J used to be. It's definitely on our "to try" list.

      1. Uhhhh... there seems to be some reminiscing going on about the demise of Star Bakery. Hopefully, a REAL bakery will take it's place. Since I work in the East Bay, I get up early to catch the J-Chutney MUNI and always saw them having all of their products delivered from some wholesale bakers in South City. I think the last time an oven was fired up in that place was 1982. I say, Good Riddance! There are enough up & coming interesting food places on lower Church - Yianni's, Regent Thai, Drewes Bros. Meats for the carnivores out there, Mikey Tom Market and that produce market at Church & 30th simply rocks in terms of quality, selection & price.

        Never got to try Speckmann's. Looked interesting but being a veggie, German food is wurst (bad joke).

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        1. re: Justin

          I bought something once from the Van Ness location (now closed too) that was just awful.

          Do you have a personal report on Yianni's?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            When I used to live in that area, I used to go to that bakery although it was something else before it was Star. Had a great space with those 20 foot ceilings and that oddly shaped horseshoe counter. Felt like you walked into one of San Francisco's time portals.

            The doughnuts sucked though. Oh well... Krispy Kreme is coming to Daly City and as much as I detest chains, they make an awesome product.

            1. re: Erik

              I'm not entranced by Krispy Kreme. Only the glazed/raised live up to the rep, and only if they're hot. The others leave me flat (and with a lead weight in the stomach).

              If you want an honest donut, try Bob's on Polk in SF or dixieday's recommendation, Donut Alley in Larkspur which has really good French crullers.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Oh, I'd agree with you 100%. Krispy Kreme's Raised / Glazed are the only ones worth a nod.

                Bob's on Polk Street is a favorite of mine too - especially the Apple Fritters which are the size of a hubcap, perfectly glazed and slightly crunchy on the outside edges.

                I actually used to be a professional baker / pastry chef but my engineering degree is now being used. More money, better hours, benefits and I'm not big as a house.

                1. re: Erik

                  About every other year I get a hankering for one of those apple fritters. After two bites, I can't face the rest of it. Good though. There was a thread a few months ago on one of the NY boards craving these apple fritters.

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                    Zach Georgopoulos

                    Does Bob's supply donuts elsewhere, or is Bob's the only place you can get them? Haven't tried them yet (been by there, and it never occurred to me to go in), but it seems like something this good shouldn't be isolated...

                    1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

                      Don't know. Bob's isn't that far out of my way and it's easy to get a parking space on that block in the morning.

                      I haven't even gotten beyond the donuts yet...the baked goods there look awesome.