Notorious for protecting the principles of Democracy, Greek restaurants adamantly refuse to let patrons order until they secure a majority consensus amongst themselves as well as the staff. Cast a ballot for compromise with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Greek and continental fare at Greek House Cafe.
The Greek House Cafe employs the assistance of family recipes and imported ingredients to produce cuisine that garnered the award for "Best Greek Restaurant" of 2011 from John Dickson's Santa Barbara Restaurant Guide. The zoso gyro in pita ($5.95) fills a bread bag with slices of beef and lamb roasted on a spit, harmonizing them with tzatziki sauce and fries while the kiki's manestra ($6.95) crushes a bed of imported orzo pasta with grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, tomato, and garlic. Grill-kissed beef takes the form of one-third pound burger patties that adorn the dorfman burger ($5.45) with barbecue sauce and bacon or the golden eagle burger ($7.25) which heaps on gyro meat, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce, and aged Olympian ambrosia.
The Greek House Cafe departs from the Old World entirely with its Dutch tacos, round waffles baked to order and folded to fit inside any wallet. Fillings for the appropriated shells include the pork sausage patties and maple spread of the #1 sausage and maple ($4.95) as well as the nut fluff's peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and cloud scoops ($3.75).
Greek House Cafe
Stan Nicolaides often recalls eating at the kitchen table of his “yia yia,” the affectionate Greek term for one’s grandmother. There, he was unable to go play until he’d downed plates and plates of moussaka and gyros. Even then, it was clear he belonged in the kitchen.
Now, Stan makes his own rules while dishing out falafel, kebabs, and gyros named Best Greek Food two years running by SantaBarbara.com. After sopping up creamy hummus with fresh pita bread, guests have Nick whip up a chicken breast with thyme and lemon while he chatters in Greek.