Niko's Greek Kitchen
Imagine: a 17 year old Niko, searing meat on a tavern's rooftop in one of those lazy Greek summer afternoons. The same man prepares your Gyro at 1st and West St.
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Niko’s Greek kitchen: The Gyro Man
Imagine: a 17 year old Niko, searing meat on a tavern’s rooftop in one of those lazy Greek summer afternoons. The same man prepares your Gyro at 1st and West St.
“WHAT’S A JIY-ROW?” It’s pronounced yee-roh, said Niko. And it’s “beef, lamb and…..” “oh…. okay, what else do you have?” I said, after he pretty much lost me at lamb. He replied, “just get a Gyro, and if you don’t like it I will give you your money back.”That reassurance sapped all of my apprehension so I gladly accepted the offer, and so began my now three year love affair with Niko’s authentic Gyros.
As his wife Jacqui puts it, he will not serve anything he does not like; he makes sure to use all of the best ingredients to make his product remarkable — and that’s exactly what it is: remarkable. Niko cooks the meat on a sort of vertical rotisserie and he places it in a warm pita next to fresh veggies and his own homemade tzatziki sauce. And to top it all off, the most perfectly cooked, crispy French fries.
Now Niko is not your average chef when making his specialties such as the meat or sauce. You won’t see him with measuring spoons. He measures salt by pinching it between his fingers and puts spices by the way it looks and determines good by how it smells. (His wife chuckled in the background as she told me he can taste by smelling.)
The atmosphere at Niko’s is awesome. You have his wife taking your order while cracking jokes and you have Niko working his magic in the kitchen and also personally bringing your food to you. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without Niko tricking you into thinking you ordered a vegetarian Gyro, yes, they’re both comedians.
Since my first time at Nikos, it has been one of my favorite downtown eateries. Niko and Jacqui never fail to produce great food and good laughs.
What: Authentic Greek Food
Where: 148 West St, Reno, NV 89501
Hours: Mon-Fri, Sun 11:30 am – 7:30 pm, Sat 11:30 am – 8 pm
Contact: (775) 284-3678