By KATIE STEWART
Walking in to DoDiYos, you can’t help but feel like a part of the family. The smells wafting from the kitchen are reminiscent of scents from your own home cooking. Sitting down at your table, it’s impossible not to realize the legacy of the Greek families behind the restaurant.
“Their recipes are still cooked in this kitchen,” said Connie Kanakis, one partner of DoDiYos. “We wanted to honor them and their generations of taste. What better way to do that then naming the restaurant after them?”
Three items on the Mediterranean menu in particular memorialize the family of partner George Sarris.
Sarris’ mother, whose name translates to Dorothy in English, is the “Do” of the restaurant name. She was famous for her chicken with orzo made with onions, garlic, olive oil and tomatoes, as well as some herbs. The dish is still made the same way at the restaurant.
The “Di” part of the restaurant comes from Sarris’ father’s nickname, Dinos. His potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper and onions can be found on the menu made with his recipe.
The “Yos” part of the restaurant is from Sarris’ grandfather, Yorgos. He made his Greek salad with cucumbers, onions, salt and paper, dried oregano and a drizzle of olive oil. Today any guest of DoDiYos can taste his culinary legacy in this salad.
Kanakis’ culinary creations can be found in some of the dinner items as well. DoDiYos specialty Connie Kanakis’ Snapper is an explosion of flavor with its lemon sauce, herbs and Parmesan breadcrumbs.
“All I can say is that the food here is out of this world,” Kanakis said. “Our meals, tapas and cocktails have a certain quality like no other.”
Guests can enjoy the tapas menu at the wrap-around bar, where Happy Hour is served from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. every day, only one part of all that is to be explored on the menu and around the eatery.
DoDiYos makes you feel like you are in an authentic Mediterranean region, no matter where you are in the restaurant. From the artifacts to the Turkish rugs draping the chairs, the restaurant itself feels like a Grecian home.
“The thing that gets me excited about this place is the physical building itself,” Kanakis said. “The beauty of our restaurant is hard to come by these days. It’s just a gorgeous place with many interesting aspects to catch the diner’s eye.”
Whether you are enjoying their delicious, tender lamb with your family, or sipping on their famous Lemon-Basil Martini at the bar with friends, DoDiYos is a place to reconnect with loved ones, past, present and future.
1831 28th Avenue South,
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.