Chef Ilias Papas grew up in a small town near Athens, Greece, watching his mom cook lamb on the oven fire. He brings the same dedication to fresh, authentic Greek food to the menus at Athenian Grill. Their gyros offer a variety of fillings, including Pork Souvlaki, Athenian Lamb, Greek Sausage and vegetarian choices, like sautéed seasonal vegetables and hummus. For a heartier choice, try the Mousaka, featuring sautéed eggplant layered with beef and lamb, baked in béchamel sauce and served with a side salad and your choice of sides.
115 N. Locust Hill Dr. • (859) 368-9725
313 S. Ashland Ave. • (859) 303-5048 • atheniangrill.com
Conceived for the senses, the menu spans a range of traditional Mediterranean dishes that are waiting to be discovered. The chef’s specialty Oasis Mezza Sampler offers a taste of hummus, baba ghannouj, falafel, veggie grape leaves and Tabbouli. The Fattoush with Chicken Shawarma is a salad of romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, parsley and olive oil dressing, served with toasted pita and chicken Shawarma, which is marinated in seasoning and slowly cooked on a vertical skewer. For a light lunch, try any of their delicious Pita-Wiches.
837 Chevy Chase Pl. • (859) 269-6440 • oasisrestaurant.net
Gyroz Mediterranean Eatery
While the Gyroz menu is deceptively simple, their food is robust and a true hidden gem in Lexington. The Garden Feta Sandwich features feta cheese, tomatoes, garden spinach, lettuce, onions, a drizzle of olive oil and Greek dressing: make it a combo with fries and a drink! Their platters are a filling choice; the Gyro Platter features a mixture of seasoned beef and lamb or seasoned chicken, slowly grilled on a vertical skewer before being thinly sliced and placed over rice and served with a garlic sauce. Their sides make customizing your order a delight, with choices like Stuffed Grape Leaves, Tabouli and Lentil Soup.
393 Waller Ave. • (859) 254-4976
Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine
Located in Beaumont, Sahara offers a casual take on Mediterranean grub. Their sandwich wraps are a great choice, whether dining in or on the go: the Kufta-Lamb Kebab features ground lamb, seasoned, skewered and grilled, wrapped in a pita with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and tahini sauce. Locals love Sahara’s lunch special featuring your choice of main protein (with choices ranging from their signature falafel to lamb and beef Shawarma), served with hummus, Greek salad, seasoned rice, garlic sauce and pita.
3061 Fieldstone Way • (859) 224-1138
Taziki’s Mediterranean Café
Taziki’s offers a menu that embraces the “Mediterranean Lifestyle”. Their Chargrilled Lamb is a can’t-miss with fresh grilled lamb, carefully seasoned and topped with their homemade skordalia sauce, served up with your choice of basmati rice or roasted new potatoes. Their Mediterranean Deli options are perfect for a fresh, light lunch or dinner: try the Grilled Tilapia with Caper-Dill Sauce served with tomato and lettuce on a kaiser bun. Families will love Taziki’s Fresh Take-Home Dinners for 4, all under $35. And be sure to check the chalkboard for daily specials!
117 Southland Dr. • (859) 286-3082 • tazikiscafe.com