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Discovering the Authentic Flavors of Greek Street Eats

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By John Crisafulli aka Johnny C The Pizza Guy

Souvlaqueria Greek Street Eats is located at 2701 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey, and owned by Chef Marinos Stratigakis. As a first-time customer, I was blown away by the freshly cooked meats and especially the world-famous authentic gyro meat. The meat is sourced from the best sources and cooked in a beyond-authentic Greek method, reminiscent of the churrasqueira BBQ locations I’ve experienced with my Portuguese family.

Chef Marinos Stratigakis has an amazing culinary background and has combined all types of Greek cooking styles into one-stop location. Each dish that came out of the kitchen was stellar, and I learned that Greek Mediterranean cuisine is also healthy.

I started with the Greek salad with fresh ingredients like Tomatoes, Onions, Cucumbers, Peppers, Capers, Olives, Oregano, FETA, EVOO, and Balsamic Vinegar. The FETA cheese was imported from Greece and was a real highlight of the salad.

Next up, Greek Keftedes, also known as Greek Meatballs. These mini rice-ball-looking meatballs had a smoky flavor and were infused with garlic, parsley, herbs, and secret ingredients. They were served on top of fresh tomatoes, onions, and hummus for dipping. The greenish color inside showed how healthy these Greek Meatballs were.

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Another house salad followed, but this time with a Greek yogurt called Tahini that I couldn’t get enough of. The Spartan Slaw was also a highlight and was made up of shredded white and red cabbage with carrots and parsley tossed with honey, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and sea salt.

Then came what I call the Greek Grandslam – The Big Mix Grill from the Urban Legends section of the menu. This plate was full of perfectly cooked and seasoned meats that could feed a family of four in a beautiful way. The smell when it arrived made me believe I was at a major Greek BBQ in Athens! The line-up of meats included 2 Pork Souvlaki, 2 Chicken Souvlaki, 2 Sliders, Country Style Sausage, Pork Tenders, Slaw Tzatziki, Fries, Pita, and a choice of Yeero. I can’t pick a favorite meat as I’m a major meat lover, but the sausage hit every part of my genetically inclined palate from Sicily perfectly!

For dessert, the triple scoop-flavored homemade ice cream was a real standout. One of the ice creams contained an ingredient from a special Greek Island. The flavors included Baklava with real pieces of pastry, Greek Honey, and Walnuts, Turkish Delight with real Rose Water from the Island of Kos, and Pistachio Ice Cream with Greek Honey and Sesame Brittle. All three ice creams were homemade in the store and have never been combined like this, even in Greece! I suggested to Chef Stratigakis that he should advertise this for the upcoming Summer months in a big way, and for my Italian Pizza Followers, this tops Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn!

Chef Marinos Stratigakis is passionate about bringing the freshest and most authentic Greek cuisine experience to all his customers. He worked in Greece’s culinary industry, learning from and working directly with the most experienced chefs. He has a deep understanding of how ingredients should act, which shows in every dish. I applaud him for opening his business during one of the most challenging times for the industry, three years ago during the onset of Covid-19. Souvlaqueria in Union has my strong recommendation!

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