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Tag: Tacoma Greek restaurants

Jan.
17th

Second bites: Revisiting Tacoma eateries My Greek and Soul

My Greek owner Nader Morcos with a plate of lamb souvlaki. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer
My Greek owner Nader Morcos with a plate of lamb souvlaki. Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

As this paper’s dining critic, one of my favorite functions is to master the art of a second bite — or a “do-over,” as I call them.

In Part 2 of my series where I revisit restaurants that had shaky starts when they opened in 2013, I’m featuring two eateries on the verge of getting it right.

Sometimes I’ll find a restaurant performing well for food but still struggling — or flopping — in another area. Today’s column features two restaurants that exemplify that: The food has improved, while service or atmosphere still need tending.

Are they still worth your dining dollars? I say yes, but with reservations. Both restaurants deliver styles of cuisine in short supply in the South Sound. Yet will diners be as forgiving of the lapses as I am? Only time and your dining dollars will tell. Read more »

Sep.
24th

New owner for Ikonos Greek restaurant in Gig Harbor

Ammar Mannaa, owner of  Ammar's Mediterranean Restaurant holds a lamb kebab meal at his Tacoma restaurant. File photo 2013. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer
Ammar Mannaa, owner of Ammar’s Mediterranean Restaurant holds a lamb kebab meal at his new Tacoma restaurant. File photo 2013. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer

Ammar Mannaa spent more than 20 years steadily building business at Mediterranean Palace, his tiny restaurant stand in Freighthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome. In less than a year, he’s expanded his business not once, but twice. His latest venture, Gig Harbor’s Ikonos, is an acquisition, rather than a build-from-scratch restaurant like Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill, which he opened in December near the Dome. Read more »

March
19th

First bite: It’s Greek To Me gyros sandwich

Gyros sandwich from It's Greek To Me.
Gyros sandwich from It’s Greek To Me.

Jim Wick’s recent move of his 22-year-old Greek fast food restaurant It’s Greek To Me was completed last week in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood. I took a first taste during opening week and found a kitchen sticking to the same formula. As always, the gyros were shaved from a spinning vertical meat cone of ground beef and lamb, which the grill cook stuffed into a griddled pita. Plenty of tzatzki yogurt sauce mingled with crisp lettuce, onions and tomatoes, which were predictably pale pink (summer, please hurry up and deliver real tomatoes).

The big change is the atmosphere – seven tables can hold about triple the amount of diners than its previous location across the street. There’s also an outdoor patio and two bathrooms (a big improvement). Tip: The awkward door facing Sixth Avenue isn’t the best way to access the building. Park in the small lot behind the building and enter from the back entrance. The style of ordering – at the counter – remains unchanged. And the time-honored tradition of having a gyro loaded with tzatziki handed to you in your car? Still intact. The new building has a drive-thru Read more »

Feb.
8th

First tastes: Two new Greek restaurants, Ammar’s and My Greek

Take a tour of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine around the South Sound. Restaurant critic Sue Kidd visits Ammar’s and My Greek, two of Tacoma’s newest Greek eateries. She also takes a tour of gyros at five Greek sandwich cafes.

Jan.
23rd

My Greek opens in Westgate neighborhood, Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill plans grand opening

My Greek is now open in the Westgate neighborhood where Shari’s once operated. The Greek eatery does double duty with an Italian menu of pasta and pizza.  My Greek is open for lunch and dinner and also has a full bar. A look at the menu shows an eatery quite similar in pricing and style to My Greek’s original location in Puyallup, which closed in July. Nader Morcos opened that restaurant in Puyallup in 2007 as the first U.S. location of the Canadian Mr. Greek chain. He left the franchise in 2008 and changed the name to My Greek.

On the menu at the Westgate My Greek are the usual suspects like Read more »

Jan.
8th

Gyros invasion: Greek restaurants becoming a lot easier to find around Tacoma

Don't these look delicious? Find gyros sandwiches and fries at a handful of new or moving Greek restaurants. News Tribune file photo.
Don’t these look delicious? Find gyros sandwiches and fries at a handful of new or moving Greek restaurants. News Tribune file photo.

Gyros come, gyros go. We’ve seen that happen a lot the last year. Recent restaurant closures include Zara Mediterranean and University Gyro House, both in downtown Tacoma, My Greek in Puyallup’s South Hill last July, and the closure several months ago of Gyros Place. It seemed as if the closures would drastically reduce our access to gyros, souvlaki and falafel (the horror!). Lucky for diners, when one gyros door closes here, another seems to open. Here’s a report about the recent moves and upcoming openings of four Greek restaurants: Read more »