I love food, I mean all kinds of foods from all over the world. That is one of the many advantages to living in a big city like Houston it is easy to find all those wonderful foods that it may be too hard to make at home. Sometimes you find a winner, and sometimes a loser but either way it’s always an experience.
Niko Niko’s Greek Restaurant
Niko’s Niko’s is an award winning restaurant, from Zaget Survey and 14 times Marvin Zindler Blue Ribbon Awards as well as Houston’s Best. When you enter be prepared for wooden picnic tables and outdoor furniture and if it is a Saturday night, long lines to order.
Described as a Greek Festival everyday, I can only agree. The music, the sounds, the crowd, and best of all the food. I can’t wait until we actually have a day where there is no rain or cold weather so that I can sit outside on their spacious patio.
Niko Niko’s Greek Restaurant – The Food
The menu is extensive, but honestly I go there for the Greek Salad and the Gyro. But Greek food is not the only thing on the menu which varies from Pork Chops (this is Houston after all) to kids meals of Grilled Cheese.
My recommendations: Start with the Tabuli-Hummus Combo, but only if you are really hungry. This vegetarian dish is complete with big, ripe olives, fresh pita bread and smooth hummus dip. The servings are huge. Order the Gyro Platter, but you must substitute the fries for a Greek Salad. The salad is enough to fill most people, but when knowing I am going there I make sure to skip lunch! Dinner isn’t complete without the Loukoumades (Greek Honey Balls like little donut holes) and of course Baklava. This layered fillo dough, honey, cinnamon and nuts dessert needs to be taken home or at the very least shared, even if you don’t want too.
We have established that the food is delicious, but there are a few things to be prepared for.
Niko Niko’s Greek Restaurant – Parking
We had to circle quite a few times and even wait for a parking space. It’s close parking so be prepared to watch your doors.
Niko Niko’s Greek Restaurant – Service
Excellent service from the staff on line to those cleaning up. Cleaning up was so fast that they actually had thrown away my cup before I was finished with it.
Niko Niko’s Greek Restaurant – Family Friendly
There was no problem having children there, but on a Saturday night be prepared for crowds, like a crowded bar so keep them close. There is a children’s menu and coloring pages but since your wait may be long for food be sure to bring something else to entertain them.
Niko Niko’s Greek Restaurant – Prices
Reasonable, I thought that the $9.95 for a Gyro and Greek Salad was good, if not great considering the portions. See the menu for a complete listing of prices which range from $5.95 to $17.95 depending on your order.
What I didn’t like about Niko Niko’s Greek Restaurant
We have established that the food is “to die for” and now after writing this I am going to have to find a way to get there for lunch. However, the parking and the crowd were a bit of a problem as you stand around first waiting in line to order. Then stand and wait to grab any table you can get your hands on, then have to get back up to get your food. Because you walk in order from the line, then wait it is hard to keep children entertained and safely close by. Then just when you think you are seated you have to go get your own food – leaving one adult at the table with the kids which means more than one trip to serve these huge portions.
It’s not like this every night, so just choose carefully the days and times you want to go if taking small children with you. Weekends are of course more busy.
The other problem was the Styrofoam. Everything is served with Styrofoam plates and cups (you can purchase bottles but there are no refills on those). The trash, while serviced quickly, caused this environmentally friendly patron to cringe. Please Niko’s switch to the more expensive, but at least biodegradable plates and service wear.
Will I go back? Absolutely. Overall, the food, service and atmosphere will bring me back. I will just have to find a way to car pool to reduce the carbon footprint myself. The other thing I have to do if find out how to stop myself from eating so much while I am there.
Be sure to take a look at the food yourself with this slideshow from Nico Niko’s Greek Restaurant.