Niko Niko’s

Since 1977 Niko Niko’s has been a well-loved fixture in the heart of Montrose for inexpensive, satisfying and unpretentious Greek and Gulf Coast favorites. Comfortable and rather nice after re-modeling in recent years, it’s more fashionable than ever and usually crowded, even well beyond regular lunch and dinner hours. The large number of regular patrons greatly appreciates this friendly, hard-working eatery that serves well prepared, zesty and reasonably priced fare.

Niko Niko’s is accurately subtitled, a “Greek and American Café.” The large menu consists mainly of Greek specialties, which are aptly explained, and a number of other homey, but well prepared dishes, one of which will certainly satisfy any craving. There are numerous appetizing beef, lamb, seafood and vegetarian items; plus seafood po boys and hamburgers.

At the more affordable end of the menu are about twenty sandwiches, which come with a choice of roasted potatoes, rice or fries. There are po boys, hamburgers including the top-notch Athenian Mushroom Burger, a juicy half-pound burger complemented with mushrooms, sauteed onions, bell peppers, and feta cheese, and very reliable versions of the expected Pita-wrapped sandwiches such as gyros and souvlaki (moist, marinated and grilled chunks  of beef).

Possibly more interesting to the health-conscious are entree-sized salads in either the familiar or the more traditional Greek versions that can  be served with shrimp, meat or even falafel patties.

Niko Niko’s also has a large number of generously proportioned Greek plates. These plates include gyros, souvlaki, chicken kabob, lamb kabob, lamb shanks roasted with olive oil, garlic, oregano and lemon, mousaka (layered eggplant with ground beef and cream), pastichio (the Greek lasagna-like dish), keftedes (Greek meatballs), kreatopia (phyllo pastry stuffed with ground beef, garlic, onion, carrots, peas and cheese), souzoukakia (seasoned beef with tomato sauce) and domathes (grape leaves stuffed with ground beef and rice).

Niko Niko’s also serves seafood, both broiled and fried. Among the more interesting of the seafood dishes are the Seafood Kabob, and the Grilled Rainbow Trout cooked in olive oil with garlic, rosemary and lemon. For those desiring to eat in less healthy fashion, their version of fish and chips is very good. This along with most everything at Niko Niko’s is satisfying, and fairly priced. To finish up the meal, or, more likely, for those not dining, the breadth of teas, coffees and desserts has increased in recent years to encourage further lingering.

Niko Niko’s
2520 Montrose (between Westheimer and Fairview), Houston, Texas 77006, (713) 528-1308
www.nikonikos.com

Copyright Mike Riccetti. Adapted from Houston Dining on the Cheap, and used with permission.

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