On a Friday in mid-December 2022, Neighbor Roy and I ventured out to dine at Old Peking Chinese Restaurant on East Speedway in Tucson. But having arrived, we were told that they were only offering take-out due to a remodeling project.
As we exited the Old Peking parking lot, I happened to spy a sign across the street that read, “Santorini Greek”. I asked Neighbor Roy if he thought that would do for our lunch choice. He answered, “Sure”. So that’s how we ended up dining at Santorini Greek Cafe.
Upon entering, we noticed a sign above the register that said, “Order Here”. But then a pleasant young man came out from behind the counter and offered to take our order at our table, which we had selected because it was in direct sunshine. It was really cold out and the warm sun felt really good.
So, we first ordered an appetizer of calamari, which was fried calamari dusted in flour and lightly fried. Served with lemon wedges, lemon zest, oregano, and kosher salt ($13.00). This was an excellent choice and both of us truly enjoyed it.
Then it was time to order lunch. Roy ordered hot Greek tea ($3.00), and Mousakas ($17.00). It came with a very fresh Greek salad and French fries. I ordered their Beef and Lamb Gyro Plate, which was spiced lamb and beef, thinly sliced and served with salad and a choice of fries, rice, or roasted potatoes ($17.00).
My Greek salad was incredibly fresh and delicious. The beef and lamb, thinly sliced, was also excellent. But what I really enjoyed was the dip, made of cucumber, yogurt, and herbs. Exceptionally tasty. I even shared some with my dining companion.
I’ll let Roy tell you about his experience.
“Today we dined at the Santorini Greek Cafe, located in a strip mall on the North side of Speedway, just east of the U of A area. Originally, we had planned to dine at the Old Peking restaurant, however, we were told by the employee that due to the remodeling, they only sold take-out. Fortunately, a new to me Greek restaurant, called the Santorini Greek Restaurant was across Speedway so away we went. The restaurant is small and immaculate, with large potted plants on the entry side and a large picture of the top of Santorini island–brought back memories as this was the last foreign trip I made. We were the only customers and remained the only customers during this meal.
We ordered calamari for our appetizer. I ordered a type of moussaka. I ordered hot tea only to be told they had a Greek tea which I ordered. Our waiter was prompt, knowledgeable and probably of Greek origin–though his English was near perfect. I did not realize that a mixed salad was included. Our salad was incredibly fresh and tasty. By the time of my main meal, I was not very hungry and took most of it home for later. My main dish was a variant of moussaka– a pie smothered in tomato sauce featuring a bottom crust, hamburger with some veggies, covered in a tomato base– it included a healthy portion of French fries.
Based on excellent food, excellent service, and great food. I would give this restaurant 4 Saguaros–great choice, Jim.”
I will join with Roy in rating Santorini Greek Cafe with four Saguaros. A very small restaurant, with very excellent food. The portions were huge and, like Roy, I took a lot home to share with my wife, the lovely Ms. Karen. The service was excellent, despite the sign that said “Order Here”, meaning at the counter.
Santorini Greek Cafe
2545 E. Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Monday – Saturday: 11AM to 9 PM