The Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, which gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious grape leaves, pitas, and feta cheese growing beneath its crystal waves. Transport to this legendary culinary coast with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of Greek fare at Greek City Cafe, with locations in Clearwater and Spring Hill.
Greek City Cafe’s owner draws on heritage-rich recipes to fill a fresh-made American menu with traditional Greek inspiration. Signature Greek mainstays include a shaved-lamb-and-beef gyro pita doused in tzatziki ($6.19) and a greek salad ($7.29) with a signature dressing implicating the dish in crimes of appetite seduction. Chefs showcase the pita’s diversity, filing it with grilled chicken and veggies for a chicken-feta wrap ($6.19) or coating it with balsamic vinegar, pesto, and marinated chicken for a mouthwatering Pizza Niko ($7.79). A kids’ menu and dessert menu round out the family-friendly experience, with all unattended toddlers required to read library books while consuming gallons of baklava ice cream.
Greek City Cafe
John Pappas didn’t know much English when he first arrived on American soil, but he did know the secrets of cooking excellent Greek cuisine. The native Greek passed on his recipes and expert techniques to his son Nicholas, who would go on to open his own Mediterranean restaurant—Greek City Cafe.
Deep in his restaurant’s kitchen, Nicholas and his chefs fold juicy meats and fresh vegetables into a variety of Greek-inspired paninis, wraps, and salads. They layer pitas with juicy slices of shaved lamb and beef before adding dollops of flavorful tzatziki and creamy greek dressing. To craft specialty pizzas, the chefs shower soft pita shells in mixed cheeses, diced tomatoes, and grilled chicken. When discussing these dishes with a reporter from Westchase Patch, Nicholas explained, “We take a mainstream item and put a Greek twist to it. I make them feel comfortable, but when they taste it they realize they've never experienced that flavor.”
In the casual dining room, where sunlight streams onto soft blue and green walls, guests can linger over their last bites of these inventive eats before ordering desserts such as baklava. Countertop seating surrounds a lush olive tree in the center of the room, which was imported from Greece and lives off of sunlight and Greek wine.