Bay Space establishment Nick the Greek has popped up in Santa Monica, serving souvlaki, gyros, pita sandwiches and extra in a speedy-service restaurant house just off the Promenade.
Irrespective of its singular moniker, Nick the Greek really signifies a few different Nicks who are restricted-knit cousins from the very same foodstuff loving spouse and children of Greeks.
The person liable for bringing Nick the Greek to Santa Monica however, is not a Nick, but a single Anton Van Materialize, who shares the cousins’ obsession with reliable Greek street foods.
“I grew up in Europe myself and the Euro pita sandwich was something I could hardly ever uncover everywhere in the US that tasted particularly like it did in Europe, and with Nick the Greek which is particularly how it was,” said Van Happen.
It could have been adore at initially bite that initially captivated Van Come about to the manufacturer, but it was the restaurant’s organization product that centered on rapid-support, fresh new components and broad purchaser appeal that persuaded him to indication on as a franchisee.
So significantly SoCal spots of Nick the Greek have opened in Ventura, Newport, Westlake and Westwood, but Van Transpire is particularly enthusiastic about the Santa Monica locale.
“Santa Monica is seriously a good central hub for holidaymakers and people, and that definitely can help the title get out, specifically the actuality that we’re on the corner of the Promenade that is exactly why we picked Santa Monica to be in,” stated Van Happen.
The menu is primarily based on traditional loved ones recipes, a lot of of which were being handed down from the three Nicks’ grandmother. The planning approach is accurate to the streets of Greece with all meat cooked on skewers or a rotisserie and all vegetables and sauces geared up fresh in shop.
The menu has a stability of healthier and indulgent dishes.
The Greek salad is a straightforward mixture of tomatoes, cucumbers, purple onions, peppers, kalamata olives and feta cheese, without having any of the lettuce that American variations of the dish will frequently add. In the meantime, the pork souvlaki pita includes skewered pork cooked above an open flame served inside a pita stuffed with tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce and french fries.
“A humorous issue is, for example, the Euro pita sandwiches we include like 4 or five french fries in there, and occasionally you get prospects going for walks into the keep likely ‘oh that are not able to be regular Greek, you fellas are seeking to place an American twist on it’,” explained Van Transpire. “That’s not it. It actually basically is like that in Greece, you get a Euro pita and it is received french fries in it.”
The desserts are also a menu emphasize and involve baklava, Greek frozen yogurt, and common Greek beignets identified as loukoumades, which are topped with nuts and honey syrup.
“What a good deal of people appear to Nick the Greek for is our Greek frozen yogurt,” said Van Transpire. “You can either have it simple, it’s received a tart taste to it, or you can have it with crumbled baklava and honey on top to sweeten it up, and people just go ridiculous for it.”
Nick the Greek is open up for dine-in, takeout and supply at 219 Arizona Ave, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday by means of Thursday and till 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.