Greek Salad Help
I live in the Attleboro, MA/Providence, RI area and am craving a REALLY GOOD grilled chicken greek salad. I LOVE the salad at Christo's in Brockton, but don't want to travel that far. I know there are not a lot of Greek restaurants in this area, however I have even found some hidden jewels at non-discript pizza joints. Any suggestions?
The only way I can get a Greek salad EXACTLY like Christos (minus the rock hard tomatoes) is to make it myself. I grew up in Brockton and several of my Greek friends worked at Christos and told me the 'secret recipe'. The good news is, its not a secret any more. Christo sold his recipe and its called Yasso. You can get it in most supermarkets. Stop & Shop always has it.
The restaurant always uses iceberg lettuce, celery, green peppers, tomatoes and purple onion. My greek friend said the 'secret' is they make it in a big bowl and it is well tossed, VERY THOROUGHLY so the dressing coats everything. The cheese can be mixed in the salad or liberally put over the top. It's very unsophisticated, but people go crazy when they're served it.
This is a EXACTLY like the restaurant's version.
One more thing, if you do get to the Brockton area there's a Greek grocery store named Athena on 753 Belmont St.
It's really great. It sells everything Middle Eastern. You can ask them to sell you the feta that Christos uses and they have several other delicious feta and Greek cheeses. They sell Bessie's (Christo's wife) salad dressing straight from the restaurant. They have THE best tabouli, grape leaves, taziki, gyro meat, and all kinds of Middle Eastern breads. A lot of the things freeze well, so it's easy to stock up.
I do know of a new Greek restaurant in Plymouth on the waterfront called Anna's. I haven't been yet, but I've read some good reviews.
Christo's has gone way down hill and now that's he's passed its almost certain his daughter will sell it, but one thing is for sure, he was the original Greek salad king and the salad remains exactly like it was 40 years ago.
Christo was a class act. My Dad would take me to Peters Lunch off of Main Street back in the 60's. That was his first restaurant. Having moved away from Brockton years ago I can still recall hearing " George table for 4 in the gold room " echoing through the restaurant.