Greek Isles is a breath of fresh air, providing customers with a unique experience from the first step through the front door. This experience starts with great hospitality and Greek fare that keep customers returning for a taste.

Seven years ago, Kosta and Maria Karvelas opened Greek Isles, a restaurant reflecting their love of the tradition, cuisine and décor of Greek culture.

“It was my husband’s dream to have a restaurant,” says Maria.

That dream has continued, and regular customers have come to know that the husband-wife team will go out of their way to make sure their customers are enjoying their time at Greek Isles. They value their customers so highly that Maria says there have been times she and her husband have gone next door to Coffee Beans & Brew to get a cup of coffee for a customer since Greek Isles doesn’t serve it.

“In Greek culture, social gatherings with family and friends are about food and making each other happy,” says Maria. “We do the same for our customers.”

When Greek Isles first opened, the Karvelas worked with the architects to make sure the restaurant matched their vision of Greece. The restaurant boasts arches, pure blue and white walls, and pictures of the Karvelas’ family and friends.

From there, Maria built the menu based on family recipes that were passed down to her.

“I always loved to cook,” she says. “We were very traditional when we started, but have made some changes and additions to our menu.”

Two of Greek Isles’ most popular sandwiches are its sliced, spicy beef-lamb gyros and its Chicken Souvlaki, which is marinated chicken served on pita bread topped with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce.

“My husband loves to eat, so later on we created the Hercules burger,” says Maria.

The Hercules is a half-pound Angus burger with onions, peppers, spicy feta, gyro meat, hickory-smoked bacon and tzatziki sauce, and is held together with a steak knife.

Maria’s extra-virgin olive oil and wine vinegar dressing that tops the Greek and Horiatiki salads is a customer favorite.

“Customers have told me ‘We can drink your dressing,’” says Maria. “People buy bottles of it to take with them.”

At the end of the meal, Greek Isles’ baklava is a treat with walnuts, honey and phyllo pastry, which can also come dipped in chocolate. It’s so popular that Greek Isles sells out.

Greek Isles only has one location and the Karvelas aren’t quite ready to open a second location. They’ve really enjoyed becoming friends with their customers, though.

“Some of our customers have been coming since we opened,” says Maria. “They’ve been very supportive all this time.”

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