There are a few techniques you can use to ensure your food is authentic. One of the best ways is to get your ingredients straight from the source.
That’s the method a new Bradenton restaurant is utilizing.
All Greek, which opened in early February on 14th Street West, imports most of its products from Greece, including authentic feta cheese, yogurt and meats.
Brandon Kern opened the restaurant along with Spyros Marinos, a consultant who comes from Ioannina, Greece.
Marinos said it’s his job to ensure that as many ingredients as possible come from his home country, and he’s diligent about using brands and products that are popular in Greece.
“The quality of our products is the best you can get in America,” he said.
There are other processes to ensure that All Greek is providing its customers with a genuine product. Kern said the meat for their gyros is shredded, unlike other places.
“It’s all hand-layered. Most people make it condensed and they get the long strips. Ours are layer by layer, so for the beef and lamb, it’s beef, lamb, beef, lamb – and we layer it all the way up.”
From there, the gyro meat is shredded, which is the more authentic method, he said. Marinos also pointed out that the marinade recipe is an old Greek recipe of his.
In addition to gyros, the restaurant at 4816 14th St. W. in the Fountains Plaza offers Greek salads, sandwiches and sweet crepes.
Also, some of the menu items have an “American twist” to them.
“One example is our Greek cheesesteak. Everyone knows that a regular Philly cheesesteak comes with steak, mushrooms, onions and peppers. We’re doing the exact same thing, but we’re using our beef and lamb,” Kern said.
Marinos said great care is taken to ensure that All Greek offers an authentic product at a reasonable price. Items start at $6.99, with the most expensive items being gyro platters for $13.50.
Anything that isn’t authentic, Kern said, is local. Kern said All Greek’s produce is purchased daily and comes from farmers’ markets in the area.
It’s possible that the menu could expand to include more options, but first, restaurant management wants All Greek to develop a bigger following.
In an effort to boost its clientele, All Greek will begin offering a weekly Wednesday special. Starting March 14, guests will be able to buy one menu item and get another free with the purchase two beverages.
The deal is one of many ways Kern and Marinos are working to expand interest in their restaurant. All Greek is closed on Mondays, but Kern and Marinos don’t take a break to start the work week. They use that day to hit the streets and promote the restaurant. There also are plans to make daily YouTube videos showcasing their menu.
“A lot of customers are liking the food,” Kern said. “We’ve had a lot of repeat customers. We’re just kind of hidden off in the corner a little bit, so we’re trying to get people aware to come in.”
All Greek offers online ordering on its website. There, customers can order, pay and set up a delivery. Those looking to pick up their food will receive an email when their order is ready.
The restaurant is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
For more information, visit allgreek.menu.