Earlier this year, a reader recommended I check out Greek Stop, a restaurant in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs. I mentally bookmarked the suggestion but it wasn’t until months later that I finally got around to actually dining there. One Saturday last month I decided for a more “lazy Saturday” and made plans to finally go to Greek Stop. It’s often hard to find “authentic” food from other countries in the suburbs but thankfully Greek Stop delivered.
It’s located in a shopping center (I did say it was in the suburbs and well, shopping centers run rampant there generally) but the inside is pleasant. Greek decorations adorn the space and on one wall is a mural which one of the staff members told us was of the owner’s village back in Greece (beautiful art job). We were the only people dining there relatively early on a Saturday for lunch, but they do have take out and I know that if I lived close by, I’d probably be more game for that.
We ended up ordering a ton of food but being somewhere new, I was anxious to try different things. We started with the Saganaki ($6.95) as an appetizer. This was Kefalgraviera cheese in a lemon brandy flambee sauce. It was probably one of the richest things I have ever eaten but it was beyond delicious. I’ve really grown to like cheese as just as a dish (i.e. not in a sandwich) and having it immersed in the tart lemon brandy sauce was amazing. You didn’t get a lot of cheese but the portion size was obviously comparable to how much you could consume in a healthy manner that is.
As I ordered an entree, mine also came with soup or salad (remember I said we ordered a lot…). I went with the Avgolemono soup which is a classic in Greek cuisine. It consists of chicken, rice, and celery in a creamy lemony-egg broth. Between the cheese and soup, I was more than full by this point.
D also got a Greek Stop House Salad as part of his meal (a gyro combo). It featured mesculin greens, feta cheese, kalamata olives, tomatoes, red onion, pepperoncini, cucumbers, and their signature Greek dressing.
I had a hard time choosing between the Moussaka ($17.95) and the Yia Yia’s Pastisio ($16.95) but ultimately decided on the pastisio. The Greek version of macaroni and cheese was a good choice and like everything else, the portion was extremely generous. The best part about the pastisio was definitely the bechamel sauce on top. It came with vegetables and the choice of either rice or lemon potatoees (I opted for the latter).
D selected the Gyro, Greek Stop Salad, Fries, and Drink for his main course. He ended up Olympic Sizing it which meant that for $2.50 extra he got additional meat so his meal came out to $15.45. His gyro was topped with the usual things including the ever tasty Tzatziki sauce. He said it was one of the best gyros he had ever had.
Dining at Greek Stop was a great experience and only wish I hadn’t taken so long to try it out. Greek food isn’t as much in abundance as some other cuisines here in Pittsburgh so if you’re ever in the mood for some of those perennial Greek favorites, do yourself a favor and drive out to Glenshaw, Pennsylvania.
3392 Saxonburg Blvd, Glenshaw, PA 15116