Tino’s Greek Flies Two Flags

This west side establishment is the real deal, with both Greece and America well represented on the menu.

Photograph by Wes Battoclette

With one, Cincinnati having such a large Greek population; two, the Mediterranean diet being so popular; and three, Greek food being the best stuff on the planet, it stymies me that there’s not an “authentic” Greek restaurant on every corner here. Sure, we have plenty of chili parlors, and it seems almost every diner is Greek-owned, but when you want the mouth-melting pork of a souvlaki or those amazing layers of meat and eggplant in a moussaka, where do you go? Well, now you’ve got Tino’s.

This little west side establishment is the real deal, with both Greece and America well represented on the menu. There’s pastitsio (noodles with spiced meat layered with a béchamel cream sauce, kind of like moussaka with training wheels), homemade spanakopita (a fresh spinach and feta phyllo pastry that Tino’s dad hand rolls in the back daily), and their ever-popular and juicy gyros. Tino also knows his American fare, with roast beef and fresh-mashed potatoes, still-sizzling half-pound Angus burgers, liver and onions (for those who must), and double-deckers galore with homemade tuna, chicken, and egg salad. You have to end it all with some homemade baklava. Honestly, Tino’s food is so good it’s the kind of place you’ll want to order five entrées, take a bite of each, bring the rest home as leftovers, and consider that your grocery shopping for the week. I know this for a fact, because, well, I did that.

Tino’s Greek American Family Restaurant, 5826 Cheviot Rd., White Oak, (513) 245-0095

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