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Spiro’s Greek Café ... Continuing A Tradition Of Comfort Food

by Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan | Posted: Monday, February 10, 2020 11:52 am

Whether you have ever been to Greece or not, you can have a taste of that country right here in town. Spiro’s Greek Café opened in 1998 thanks to Spiro and Nancy Chaconas with the idea of creating a Greek taverna where families can sit down and enjoy a meal together. That spirit has continued through the years with locals and tourists flocking to Spiro’s for a little slice of Greece.

Chaconas, a native of Greece and his wife Nancy traveled to Greece after their wedding and when they returned, they decided to open a Greek restaurant. Chaconas’ now grown sons Michael and Demetrious have worked for the restaurant in different capacities over the years.

On a sunny Saturday my family headed to Spiro’s to have lunch. Through the years like many locals, we have enjoyed a meal at Spiro’s sitting at one of the outdoor tables watching people and sailboats go by, and the the downtown views. Other times we have ordered take out and enjoyed our meal at home especially on winter nights.

As we arrived and got in line to order, the restaurant had a steady flow of customers. We were lucky enough to get a table outside after ordering. Many groups and families with children were also enjoying the nice day and sharing a meal together on the patio.

Katie Keane visiting from Boston was eating with her sister and her young son. Eating plates of clams and fries they were enjoying their time together. This was Keane’s first time at Spiro’s. “I love the view and the ambiance. It was easy to park. The food is delicious,” she said.

We were looking forward to getting our orders and as our appetizers and main dishes arrived we dug right in. It was hard to chose what to try first. Our order included fried calamari and Tzaiki and pita as appetizers. The three of us loved every bite. The fresh calamari were delicious and of course the Tzatziki was creamy and tasty as always.

My husband had a Chicken Gyro sandwich while I had a Chicken Kabob platter which came with rice pilaf and small greek salad and Tzatziki and pita. Yes more Tzatziki and pita. I was happy.

Sitting nearby was Sallye Mann who lives in Coronado part time. “My husband and I used to come here. He passed away three years ago. I love this place,” she said.

Mann eats at Spiro’s about once a month and on this day she had ordered a gyro.

Apart from the typical gyro sandwiches and platters Spiros’ serves a variety of flavorful and tasty dishes like the Grilled Filet Mignon Kabob and Grilled Fish Kabob. Some of the original comfort food at Spiro’s include Pastitso, a Greek style lasagna dish made with ground beef and béchamel sauce, and Mousaka, baked layers of eggplant, potatoes, ground beef, tomatoes, and onions topped with béchamel sauce and parmesan. Weekend dinner specials include Grilled Lamb Chops.

If you feel like eating a salad you can personalize it with chicken, fish beef or shrimp kebobs. Starters include Dolmades and Pita - olive leaves stuffed with rice pilaf and feta, Saganaki Flaming Cheese and Spanakopita, a spinach pie. If you feel like ordering something different, try Avgolemono Soup, a delicious Greek lemon-egg soup.

Coronado Brewing Company draft beers, Greek Mythos bottled beer and house wines are also available.

Don’t forget desserts before you go home. Try baklava, rice pudding or greek cookies.

Spiro’s Greek Café, 1201 First Street. Call 619-435-1225 or log on spirosgreekcafe.com