Restaurant Summary by Allan Borgen:
I love Greek food however finding authentic Greek dishes except for Gyros sandwiches which are found at almost all fast food restaurants is a rarity. About 9 months ago, I ate at The Fat Greek restaurant in Yucaipa and enjoyed it but upon my recent culinary trip there, what I found was even more enjoyable and I thought that I would share it with all of you today.
Located in a fast food looking restaurant, The Fat Greek offers two distinct menus, one featuring fast food favorites like burgers, burritos, salads and sandwiches etc., and the other menu offerings authentic family recipe Greek dishes that is made by the owners Mother who hails from Greece. Lucky for us, they are open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
On my first pass thru the menu, I ordered the classic Greek Avgolemono Soup $1.99 and the Greek Style Lemon Chicken $11.99. The Avgolemono Soup consisted of a delicate but delicious lemon flavored broth with pieces of chicken, potatoes, carrots, Risoni Pasta (from Greece) and seasoned with pepper and Greek Spices. I love soup and this really was very good. So good, the next day I attempted to make it at home but although close, the Fat Greek’s version was so much better. The Greek Style Lemon Chicken was the best dish of the evening. This magnificent dish featured a half of roasted chicken that was marinated in fresh squeezed lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, olive oil and those popular “Secret Greek Seasonings” that the owner blends himself and would only divulge a few of the seasonings to me. The chicken is slowly roasted and basted throughout the baking process and is cooked with large wedges of potatoes. The results are incredible! The chicken had a crisp exterior, the meat was loaded with flavor and moist and the chicken dripping infused potatoes was astoundingly fantastic. I could easily eat this chicken dish 3-4 times a week, it was that good!
The next three dishes were also outstanding choices; the homemade Spanakopita $4.95, Moussaka $13.95 and the Pastitsio $13.99.The Spanakopita is another classic Greek dish consisting of feta cheese, spinach and you got it, “Secret Greek Seasonings” stuffed in a light puff pastry and baked until golden brown and crispy. The large slice of this pie was both filling and absolutely delicious. Next came the Mousaka, a layered eggplant and ground beef dish with rich béchamel sauce with a hint of nutmeg thrown in to add a pleasing addition to this splendid dish. In addition to the main entrée, a small Greek salad, fluffy rice pilaf and pita bread is served with all of the Greek plates.
The final dish of this flight of dishes was the Pastitsio which consisted of macaroni pasta shells, Greek seasoned ground beef and that creamy béchamel sauce mixed together and baked. With the Greek salad and pita bread, this is one satisfying meal that your family will love.
Being the giver that I am, but very full, I decided to order more items like the Loukaniko Sausage Plate $10.95 and for dessert, Bakalava.
Loukaniko is a popular Greek pork sausage made with seasonings like fennel, orange peel & leeks. The two dense textured sausage links are sliced open, grilled, and served with a Greek salad, rice pilaf and pita bread. If you really want a really tasty sausage, I suggest you order this plate. For dessert, the Bakalava with nuts and honey was the perfect ending to a most enjoyable feast. They also serve some nice Chicken, Steak and Lamb Kabobs, Souvlaki, Gyro Sandwiches and a nice Fat Greek Burger with a beef patty, slices of Gyro meat, Swiss cheese, a yummy Tzatzki sauce with cucumbers, onions and tomatoes all tucked neatly on a bun.
So if you’re in the mood for tasty Greek and American favorites you gotta try the Fat Greek.