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Steak, eggs, and home fries. Jumbo haddock sandwich with Greek fries. Chocolate chip hot cakes with bacon. Notice something wrong with this menu? Chicken Philly cheese steak sandwich with Olympic onion rings. Yep, it’s obvious: What’s wrong with this menu is that there’s nothing wrong with this menu. Greek feta cheese omelette with a side of ham. This is a menu worth reading a few times over before you order.
Santorini is named after a Robert Duvall movie. No, wait, that’s The Great Santini. Santorini is named after a Greek island where there’s no shortage of white paint. The place used to be called Ellen’s or Lenny’s, depending on who you ask, but it’s been owned by the same family for more than 30 years. The name on the front of the menu doesn’t matter when you open it up and read chocolate pudding cake. I’ll repeat that: chocolate pudding cake. Imagine an old world torte prepared with American decadence—delicate, thin cake with layers of pudding to soften their slumber under a blanket of chocolate frosting so rich, you’ll wonder if you’ve ever had chocolate before.
Santorini has diner standards, like cheeseburgers, chili five ways, and breakfast anytime, but they also make some Greek pastries in house, like spanakopita and baklava. Make sure you get a carry-out menu. Next time you have required reading at work it will give you something other than a comic book to hide between the pages.
3414 Harrison Ave., Cheviot
Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon–Sat, breakfast and lunch Sun
Originally published in the December 2010 issue.