Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bainbridge’s Popular Simply Greek Opens Second Spot in Uptown

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 1:22 PM

click to enlarge simply_greek_gyro.jpg
I was really looking forward to trying Simply Greek (11454 Uptown Ave., 216-707-4976), a new fast-casual restaurant in the Uptown development in University Circle. Residents of the far-eastern suburbs of Chagrin Falls and Bainbridge have been enjoying the fresh and flavorful Greek-American dishes in their own neck of the woods (8533 E Washington St., 440-543-4976) for two years now. The Uptown spot, the local outfit’s second location, only recently opened its doors.

Simply Greek, which took over the space occupied by the short-lived Wrapz Pita Bar, has potential. Though cramped, the bright, casual restaurant uses fresh ingredients and makes most of its hot foods to order. The menu seems overly ambitious for a fast-casual eatery, with everything from calamari, fried smelts and Greek salads to gyros, burgers and 20-dollar entrees built around braised lamb shanks.



Of course, most folks are buying gyros and burgers, half-pound patties of fresh, hormone-free ground Angus cooked on a flattop. The gyros slowly cook away on twin vertical spits.

The issue on the day I visited was not one of inexperience, but rather understaffing. One lone employee attempted to do the work of three, which included taking the orders, receiving payment, flipping the burgers, slicing the gyro meat, making the sandwiches, delivering the prepared food and answering the phone. He gave up on the phone answering in pretty short order, but it didn't help shrink the length of the line.

In an attempt to get ahead of the problem the employee would pre-slice as much gyro meat as possible during any brief window of time he had, which was then deposited in the steam table to keep warm (and dry out). He also rushed the cooking process, slicing off the meat well before it had a chance to get all dark and crispy, one the beef-and-lamb mixture’s best qualities.

Still, the gyro ($8) was delicious, jam-packed with flavorful sliced meat, diced tomato, sliced red onion, fresh greens and plenty of refreshing tzatziki sauce. Given some time and better staffing, I can see this gyro becoming a favorite of many Cleveland diners. Other wraps are made with chicken, pork and shrimp.

For dessert, there’s house-made rice pudding or baklava, both of which are also pre-packaged and stowed in a cooler for take-out customers.



Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 17, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation