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Homestyle meal hits the spot at Greek to Me

Acting on a tip from Sig Other’s co-worker Helen, we needed a dinner upon returning from vacation. Seeking a simple homestyle meal after a week of vacation food, Greek To Me delivered.

The original location on Delaware Avenue moved to its present location in 2012. The 1950s theme carries through from iconic photos of Elvis and “I Love Lucy” to the fun music at just the right volume. A framed Your Host menu pays homage to the history of Greek To Me, which was established in an old Your Host.

The menu slants more diner than Greek, which isn’t a bad thing. But if you are looking for dolmades, you won’t find them.

Breakfast is served all day, with the usual two eggs, home fries and toast starting at $4.79. Omelets run between $6.99 for basic cheese to $9.99 for a gyro or souvlaki version. Sweet stuff like pancakes and waffles, listed under “sides,” begin at $4.29. Breakfast sandwiches run from $4.29 to $5.99.

There are daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials too that hit the $9.99 price point, like the Eggs Benedict, cherry and cream Belgian waffle, julienne salad bowl, goulash and meatloaf.

On the menu there are soups and salads, sandwiches, wraps and grill items like hot dogs (Sahlen’s) and hamburgers. A Texas hot runs $2.29. Charbroiled combos go between $8.49 and $8.99.

And then there are Almost Famous Garbage Plates. The iconic Rochester invention is a combination of everything you could crave after a night of partying piled on top of fries or home fries, topped with Texas hot dog sauce, mustard, onions and served with choice of potato salad, macaroni salad or coleslaw, and buttered Italian bread.

Lacking a hangover didn’t stop us from ordering one however. A Grilled Cheese Garbage Plate is $8.99, the two burgers (or hot dogs) is $9.99. The Steak Garbage Plate tops out at $11.99.

The chicken finger ($9.99) arrived on a huge pile of hot fries, topped with the requisite ingredients plus nicely cut up chicken fingers. Basically, dig a fork in and go for it. Each bite was great, with the fry-chicken finger-Texas sauce-onion combo. A judicious amount of mustard added just the right tang. The macaroni salad was homemade with nice bits of celery and seasoning (not too much mayo). The Italian bread was fresh. Need we say more?

More mundane, but good, was a Greek wrap ($7.99 with chips). The nice large wrap (white or wheat) came filled with grilled chicken, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, feta plus a healthy addition of Vince’s Own Cucumber Sauce (aka tzatziki) and Greek oil. Steak or Gyro is available for the same price.

It was a toss up between the $9.99 Chicken A La King and roast pork special. The A La King went by and it looked great on its two big biscuits, but in the end the pork won out.

All dinners come with soup or salad, so I had chicken lemon rice, a nice hot cup of soup with a distinct lemon flavor and plenty of chicken and rice. Not quite avgolemono, but tasty.

Listed as tenderloin, the pork was actually the loin, but just as tender. Beautiful thin slices of garlicky pork were served on top of really good homemade stuffing. Real mashed potatoes and gravy were delicious. I loved the monkey dish of corn too. The classic diner dinner hit the spot.

Too full for dessert, we indulged in a delicious vanilla shake ($4.49) that two could share.

We think the owner waited on us as he apologized for being short-staffed. He and a single waitress did a great job taking care of everyone.

Great food, efficient service and wallet-friendly prices, Greek To Me was a nice welcome back to Buffalo.

Greek To Me

Where: 2309 Eggert Road (Sheridan/Eggert Plaza), Tonawanda (876-4687, greektomebuffalo.com)

Hours: Open daily 8 a.m., until 2 p.m. Sunday through Monday; until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

More: Dinner special listed on Facebook. Aquarium for kids to check out.

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