The owner of Athena Gyros got his start in the restaurant business at age 18. Before immigrating to the US, he learned to cook Greek food while helping out at his grandfather's restaurant on the Mediterranean. After refining his skills at hotel restaurants and, later, his own establishments, he opened Athena Gyros. Today, chefs carefully re-create his recipes for dishes such as roasted lamb, which is slow-cooked for seven hours before being draped over rice pilaf. Diners may crunch through layers of honey-coated baklava or bring catered dinners home to serve at parties or eat secretly while living inside someone else's chimney.
Crafted from fresh ingredients such as bigeye tuna, albacore, and quail eggs, Shinkou Sushi's hand-rolled delicacies treat palates to hearty bites of authentic Japanese flavor. An extensive menu beckons diners to choose from sashimi supplied in half dozens, hand and cut maki rolls, and more than 10 sushi combos. After choosing their wrap or rice preferences, customers can build their own rolls from ingredients such as hamachi, imitation crab, and radish sprout, or sample more than 15 specials, including a las vegas roll dispensed directly from the restaurant’s slot machine. Visitors seeking nonraw alternatives can savor one of Shinkou Sushi's many appetizers, salads, and rice bowls, all of which can pair with bottles of sake. In addition to biweekly happy hours, Shinkou Sushi grants free delivery of both cuisine and drinks to patrons ordering $25 minimums within a designated 3-mile area.