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Taste Buds: Yorgo's

Greek food abounds at Steubenville mainstay

January 31, 2013
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER , Times Leader

During a recent discussion about how much the Buds love Greek cuisine, Bud Em learned that Bud Shaunna had never eaten at a well known Greek establishment in Steubenville. Finding this completely unacceptable, she set out immediately to remedy the situation.

So, it was off to Yorgo's Gyros and Potatoes located at 127 N. Fourth St. in the Historical District of Steubenville. This restaurant has everything a fan of Greek food could ask for and then some.

There are gyros galore which are made with a unique lamb and beef product made with selected cuts, chopped and blended with a special combination of herbs and spices for a truly unique taste.

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Most gyros are served with the meat on a fluffy pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumber sauce. But, if gyros are not your thing, you can always opt for a pita with chicken, vegetables or taco filling.

Of course there are plenty more sandwich options available including fish, meatball sub, ham and cheese or turkey subs as well as hamburgers, hotdogs and crispy chicken combos. They may not be Greek but they are delicious all the same.

While the gyros and sandwiches have their loyal followers, Yorgo's is known for their baked potatoes which can be loaded up with a variety of toppings including broccoli and cheese, Mexican style, chicken and gravy, chili and cheese, gyro filling, hot dogs, bacon, meatballs with sauce and pepper steak. Ranging in price from about six to just over eight bucks, these spuds are a meal unto themselves.

In fact, having seen some of the potatoes being served to other patrons, Bud Em immediately decided she must have one. The Mexican style stuffed potato, which rang in at $8.25, was loaded with taco meat, shredded cheese, lettuce and tomato and was roughly the size of a football! De-lic-ious! The potato was fluffy and the toppings were fresh so Bud Em ate nearly every bite. While the packets of taco sauce added a nice little zing, Bud Em thought the only thing that could have improved this yummy dish would be a dollop of sour cream.

Still, the restaurant is call Yorgo's for a reason so the Buds felt compelled to order something Greek!

Lovers of food from Greece can choose from a Greek salad, gyro salad and more. The salads feature lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, onions, pepperoncinis and olives with a special Greek dressing or cucumber sauce.

While the Greek salad was tempting, the spinach pie was calling out to Bud Shaunna.

Also known as Spanakopita, the spinach pie was practically heaven on Earth with layers of tender spinach and cheese baked in between layers and layers of filo dough. And the size was amazing - about the size of your average lasagna slice and well worth the $5.50 price tag.

Bud Shaunna also added a bowl of wedding soup. It was chock full of large hunks of meatballs AND chicken - a meat-eater's delight! It had such a fantastic flavor that Bud Shaunna nearly burnt her tongue slurping down the hot soup.

Saving the best for last, the Buds agreed that no Greek meal should end without a delicious pastry, so each indulged. Bud Em choosing a cookie made with honey and nuts and Bud Shaunna a Kataifi. Both earned the Buds' approval.

If you're looking for a little taste of Greece - and summertime Greek festivals are a long way off - you certainly can't miss with Yorgo's!

The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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