ROCKY POINT-The Gods on
never ate as good as area residents can at the Gyro Palace Cafe.
This family-run-restaurant cooks up fine Greek cuisine with recipes
handed down from generation to generation. Maria Christofidis and
her cousin George Portelos took over the
when Ms. Christofidis' parents retired last May after 11 years in
The cafe menu offers all the mouth-watering dishes that Greek food
is revered for, starting with mezedes, or appetizers. Highlights
include spanakopita - spinach and feta baked in filo dough - and
dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs and spices, topped
with tzatziki souce and garnished with cucumbers and olives.
Lunch specialties can be ordered at any time and include falafel,
souvlaki, gyro and Lucanico, a Greek sausage. Diners can also enjoy
a Greek hamburger made with chopped sirloin beef, onions and herbs
and served with lettuce and tomato on a pita. The Greek pizza is a
delicate blend of feta and spinach over pita and topped with
also offers Greek salads in all sizes, including "
" which is hailed as "the largest Greek salad west of the
" and offers four to six portions. The country salad, horiatiki
serves up fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olives, feta wedges,
red onions and capers.
Dinner entrees include classics like moussaka - baked eggplant and
potato in meat sauce and topped with bechamel - and pastitso, the
Greek lasagna. Also on the menu are pork, filet mignon and chicken
souvlaki dinners served with rice, Greek salad and pita.
For vegetarians, the cafe offers imam-baildi, which is baked
eggplant stuffed with onions, peppers and tomatoes.
Those who want a sampling of all the delights can order
"Grecian combos." Two diners can take a tour of Greek
cuisine under the gaze of the Olympians who peer down from a
spectacular wall mural,
painted by the original owner, Ms. Christofidis' mother. Look
closely and you'll find the matriarch herself, as well as her
husband and daughter.
Photo by Nicole Cotroneo
Left: Owners George Portelos and Maria Christofidis and her
Dessert too, is not to be missed: Homemade Greek pastries include
baklava, karithopita (spiced walnut cake) and galatoboureko (custard
The Gyro Palace Cafe is also your source for Grecian groceries.
Shoppers will find such items as Greek macaroni, olives, cheeses and
The Cafe is open Monday Through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.