Greek food at its simple best


Alex Tomazic/Observer

The restaurant offers large portions of delicious food like the Classic Gyro, which is topped with house-made Tzatziki sauce.

With Uptown flourishing, it is becoming easier for students to choose something different to eat besides dining hall food. There are many cuisines to sample: everything from pizza to sushi is represented along this stretch of Euclid.

There is a new player to the stage offering a fresh take on Mediterranean food. Simply Greek opened its Uptown location in late January, in a laid-back storefront near Mitchell’s Ice Cream. The restaurant has a good sense of self; it doesn’t feel like a gimmick restaurant trying to transport you to Greece. The décor is simple and tasteful, reflecting a celebration of Cleveland.

The friendly staff, led by owner Nick Moissis, is passionate about the restaurant and its food. The menu offers classic Greek cuisine with a mix of traditional American fare at reasonable prices. I grew up close to a gyro place, so I’ve had my fair share of gyros in my lifetime.

Simply Greek’s Classic Gyro was one of the best gyros I have ever had. The meat was delicious and juicy, yet not greasy. It was sliced thin and high on warm pita bread, topped with fresh greens, tomato, onions and their house-made tzatziki sauce. The sauce really won me over: It completes the gyro while complimenting the flavor of the meat and the crunch of the veggies. The gyro itself was also pretty large and left me walking away full.

Simply Greek’s fries are hand-cut, perfectly seasoned, and satisfyingly crunchy; no need for ketchup here. They also serve house-made baklava, which has the perfect mixture of flakey pastry and sweet filling. If gyros aren’t your food of choice, the restaurant offer burgers, salads and wraps.

The entire experience feels like you were cooked a classic Greek meal with a modern touch. The emphasis of fresh, quality ingredients is evident from your first bite. If you’ve never had a gyro, this is a great place to start. I know I’ll be back for more.

Restaurant: Simply Greek
Address: 11454 Uptown Ave.
Price Range: $4-$18
Rating: ★★★★☆