When most Portlanders hear the name Greek Cusina, they’ll likely conjure up images of the cavernous landmark restaurant and nightclub which has served downtown since 1975.
Over a year ago the Greek Cusina team opened a new location, a suburban “express” version of their famous downtown eatery. Tucked away in the quiet corner of a Tualatin shopping center, this Greek Cusina is the same and very different from the original.
The food is just as delicious in Tualatin, but before you visit the suburban version of Greek Cusina, know it’s not the same as the original version.
First of all, the menu is limited compared to the huge menu at the downtown location, but they still have all the favorites. Second, you have to order at the counter and they will bring your food to your self-seating table. This seems to confuse some diners, who I’ve seen standing at the door waiting to be seated. They might need to add a sign or something to clarify this. Third, don’t come expecting any plate-breaking or ouzo-fueled “Oopa!” cheers—those things are still reserved for the original location.
But, on the flip side, the food is very reasonably priced and they offer a daily lunch special for less than $6. The service is very fast. In fact, I’ve walked in to order take-out many times and haven’t had to wait more than a few minutes.
I always, always, always get the Mediterranean dip sampler ($6.50), which comes with three dips (there are eight to choose from, but my faves are the scordalia, the Feta dip and the tzatziki) and tons of pita. It’s practically a meal in itself! My other favorites are the Greek pizzas, the kebab gyros and the Mad Panini.
Everything I’ve ordered has been fresh and tasty, and I’ve been there probably a dozen times.
Even though it’s self-seating, there are plenty of tables and I’ve never had to wait for seating. They also offer outside seating, if the weather is cooperating.
One issue I’ve come across is that sometimes they are out of what I want to order. In fact, I called in a lunch order one day and the woman who answered the phone warned me that they were “out of a lot of stuff” before I even placed my order. On my most recent trip they were out of Diet Coke. Luckily, I love Greek food so changing my order has never been a problem for me.
Greek Cusina in Tualatin is a fantastic alternative to the normal ‘burb fast food options and the prices are surprisingly comparable. I’ve been back many, many times, and I’m sure I’ll be there again.
Pros: Fast service, great food at reasonable prices, daily lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cons: They are sometimes out of even the most common menu items, the self-seating can be confusing, can be a little hard to find if you aren’t familiar with the area