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SamuelA.L. Feb 17, 2007 12:49 PM

I'm originally from New Jersey, the land of diners owned by greeks. Yet since in the Bay Area all I've found is The Mediterranean and Daphnes, as well as a fancy place in Downtown SF. Does anyone have suggestions?

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    meggie t Feb 17, 2007 04:30 PM

    Meze's on Chestnut is Greek, more upscale than a diner, but less so than Kokkari (the fancy place I assume you meant). I think the food is very good, but a little pricey. For gyros, I enjoy a new place on the corner of Mission and Beale. It is a tiny place, with a few counter seats, and possibly only open during the week. The name escapes me, but the gyros are good, but not the best.

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    1. re: meggie t
      rworange Feb 17, 2007 06:57 PM

      Do you mean Kronos Gyros on 50 Beale?

      Has anyone tried Estia on Grant in North Beach?

      Is Sammy's Smoke & Snacks on Sutter (200 block) still open and serving some Greek food?

      So far I haven't found anything like East Coast Greek diner food. Hope you will report back if you find some.

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        meggie t Feb 20, 2007 03:46 PM

        The sign on the outside says Sausalito Espresso. It is in the 50 Beale building but the entrance is on Mission.

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      Judith Feb 17, 2007 06:05 PM

      I second Mezes. I think there's also a place on Sacramento Street. In the South Bay there's Athena Grill in Santa Clara, but it's not open on weekends. Cafe Artemis in Campbell is Turkish, but the menu overlaps. Whatever you do, skip Thea in Santana Row. No matter what anyone says, it has nothing to do with Greek or Mediterannean food, and it's a rip-off.

      1. ChowFun_derek Feb 18, 2007 12:05 PM

        Mykonos on Polk street has been there for decades...cheap...

        here's a link to their address and menu

        http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...

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          Zach Georgopoulos Feb 20, 2007 02:14 PM

          I second Mykonos. It's probably the closest thing to the East Coast style that you'll find around here.

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            Lori SF Feb 20, 2007 02:29 PM

            I personally did not like Mykonos. I thought everything was bland or too greasy. I agreed with most Greeks I have met that California lacks in great Greek food. There are many substantial Mediterranean places but not true and really good Greek food. The last excellent Greek food I had was in Montreal.

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              ChowFun_derek Feb 20, 2007 02:55 PM

              I concur...but we have so few choices here in S.F..which is a pity 'cause I'm very partial to Greek food.....

          2. Robert Lauriston Feb 18, 2007 12:21 PM

            Estia, Mezes, Kokkari, Mykonos.

            Same question came up last week:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/357738

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              Lori SF Jul 2, 2007 10:21 AM

              Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto sister restaurant to Kokkari, any reports on this place?
              http://www.evvia.net/

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                Robert Lauriston Jul 2, 2007 10:30 AM

                I ate there once a few years ago, good though most dishes were a notch down from Kokkari. A friend who's eaten there a lot recommended the whole fish, which was very good. If I needed a place for a nice dinner in Palo Alto it's be high on my list.

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                  Judith Jul 2, 2007 01:48 PM

                  I think the food at Evvia compares to the food at Kokkari, except I've never seen gigantes on the menu, and I happen to really love them. Kokkari is a prettier place, but Evvia is a lot closer, and it's really fine restaurant. I recommend the lamb shank.

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                    Robert Lauriston Jul 2, 2007 01:51 PM

                    Gigantes are on the menu at Kokkari. Main difference between the menus is that Kokkari's a bit more expensive.

                    http://kokkari.com/menu-dinner.html
                    http://www.evvia.net/menu-dinner-evvi...

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                      Judith Jul 2, 2007 02:52 PM

                      Yes, that's what I meant, but it didn't come out that way. Kokkari has gigantes, Evvia doesn't. Still, that's a lot of driving, even for gigantes :-)

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              meggie t Feb 20, 2007 03:51 PM

              I tried Myconos once about a year and a half ago, in my original quest for great Greek food here, but left disappointed. I know we got lamb, and lots of other things, but I didn't like the meat, which makes or breaks it for me. So, I never returned.

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                BellaCalabrese Feb 20, 2007 05:21 PM

                I've heard about a good Greek restaurant in Orinda, near the theatre. You can forego the little Greek place on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, though there is a marvelous Turkish restaurant on Piedmont that has some Greek fare. There is another thread now running about Greek Festivals, which are where I've found the best Greek food since moving from back East. Searching "Greek" will yield many other restaurants.

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                  DiveFan Jun 25, 2007 12:49 AM

                  Ah, you mean Alekos Cafe, the take out miracle of Theatre Square. Meaning, it has been in business longer than almost (?) any other restaurant on the TS block. Maybe not worth a long drive, but an easy quick on/off of Hwy 24.
                  Since I'll be in the area starting tomorrow, I'll be more than interested to hear about any good Greek and middle east restaurants near Walnut Creek (preferably east of the Tunnel).
                  Coincidentally, I'm also ISO greek bread.
                  TIA!

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                  rosiella1 Jun 25, 2007 08:58 PM

                  Hole in the wall place with fast-food type Gyros, souvlaki's, moussaka etc. at Yiassoo's in Campbell; then there's John's Excellent Foods on Lincoln at Willow Glen that serves yummy lamb and... Greek Spaghetti. John's is more like home cooked greek food. I'm pretty sure the "Greek-owned" restaurants in the So. Bay that have some form of Greek Influence are: Bill's in Willow Glen, John's in Willow Glen and some of the 3 flames.

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                    Bunson Jul 1, 2007 03:27 AM

                    I'll second Athena Grill in Santa Clara - great food at very reasonable prices. Get there early because the line during the lunch hour rush during the workweek will go out the door.

                  2. Ruth Lafler Jul 1, 2007 07:38 AM

                    In the East Bay there's Luke's Grill in San Leandro (a favorite of my Greek friends) or Simply Greek on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.

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                      Claudette Jul 2, 2007 10:09 AM

                      Evvia in Palo Alto and Dio Deka in Los Gatos are both wonderful, and certainly worth the drive south (I'm assuming you live in SF?). Get reservations well in advance, though, and bring $$$.

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                        Judith Jul 2, 2007 01:50 PM

                        I've heard from several people that Dio Deka is really noisy, so I've held off going, because no matter what about the food, the service and the decor, I absolutely hate restaurants where you have to yell to be heard. Did you find it to be noisy?

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                          Claudette Jul 2, 2007 04:49 PM

                          Yes, but my husband and I are getting better at reading lips. Seriously, though, it is truly LOUD, but the food is wonderful, the ambiance and vibes are terrific, and it's our favorite upscale restaurant (beating out CP, FL, and Manresa). This is not in the same $$$ and service categories as all the others, though, so perhaps the comparison isn't fair.

                          If you live nearby, go early (OpenTable can show you the availability) even though it'll be a din by the time you leave. It's just as noisy on the weekdays as the weekends.

                          Be sure to order the apps, which are as good as the entrees. I'm not keen on the desserts, which are more beautiful than tasty, but my hubby says I'm really picky about desserts, so take my advice with a grain of fleur de sel. Enjoy!

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