Local Greek Lambertville restaurant at 2 Canal Street commands a fitting scenic location for authentic Greek fagitó, just a few steps from the Delaware River and New Hope.
"Local Greek is a great, new place to gather with family, friends and neighbors to share simple dishes, big flavors, and new-old traditions," says owner/operator Tony Kanterakis, a New Jersey native who launched the eatery during January. "We truly enjoy sharing our love for the distinctive flavors of Greek cuisine and homestyle dishes. In fact, many customers like the vibe of the restaurant, saying it feels like their home."
He says his team has had their eyes on that specific location, formerly Towpath restaurant, for about five years, so they felt the timing was right when they discovered the location was for sale.
Local Greek's soups and salads offer traditional choices, such as avgolemono soup, kipos, Greek arugala salad and horitiki. Appetizers range from meze, Greek spreads, keftedes, fried calamari and hummus to dolmades, gigantes, saganaki, kolokithokeftedes, ohtapodi and halloumi.
Entree choices are aplenty, such as: gyro platter, stuffed bifteki, kofta, souvlaki, lamb chops, village stuffed chicken, branzio, mousakask, terina, panne, veggie papoutsakia, stuffed peppers, solomos and homestyle spinach pie. Even fries are served in a Greek style, topped with feta and oregano. "Our seafood specials, such as red snapper and swordfish, have been popular," Tony shares.
Desserts, of course, include loukoumades donuts, galaktobouriko filled dough, baklava, bougatsa, ekmek kataifi shredded dough and portokalopita homemade orange cake.
The restaurant is BYOB while New Jersey wines by Old York Cellars also are offered. They just hosted a wine tasting event in May.
Tony says the weekend brunch menu spans eggs, waffles, Greek style pancakes, French toast, spanaki sandwiches, halloumi toast, Greek grilled cheese, a variety of omelettes, a Greek Benedict and burgers.
"We also offer catering for all seasons, with both hot and cold options," he reminds.
As a former financial planner, Tony changed careers to assist his mother with her Greek bakery in central New Jersey. He opened his first Local Greek restaurant during November 2017 in Princeton. Then, during August 2019, he launched Small Bites by Local Greek on Nassau Street in Princeton to offer custom Greek grab-and-go in the heart of Princeton.
Tony's quick to credit his devoted staff for standout customer service. They've even been known to break out in Greek dances, especially when live music is playing.
Lambertville Hours are:
- Mondays through Fridays Noon to 9 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.