Niko Niko’s Greek and American Cafe

niko-1Since opening its doors in 1977, Niko Niko’s has become a city staple, gaining an almost cult-like following among locals. The Greek hotspot serves up a number of traditional dishes, like spanakopita  and pastitsio, with a few American ones tossed into the mix. In addition to providing the city with two great restaurants, they also contribute to the Greek Festival every year.

This place, more often than not, has a line almost out the door. This can be quite the turn off for a workday lunch break. However, the line moved relatively fast for us, and it’s well worth the wait. With that said, everything is made to order, and with the location’s high traffic you might have to wait a bit. If you don’t like waiting, just grab a coloring book and find your inner child to pass the time.

We highly recommend ordering any of the sandwiches on the menu. If big, heaping piles of goodness are not your thing you can opt for the mini versions. If you just can’t decide which one to get try the Hat Trick Combo with three different mini sandwiches. Just be sure to save room for dessert! The loukoumades, or Greek honey balls, are fit for the gods. Watch Guy Fieri’s reaction to their heavenly goodness on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKL3MWDY8xk.

It’s no secret, Houstonians love to go out to eat. Niko Niko’s has rightfully earned its reputation as a local favorite. It’s laid back and unassuming, a perfect representation of Houston’s personality. Whether you hail from the isles or just enjoy the food and wine, going Greek for a meal is an easy way to let your hair down.niko-2 niko-3 niko-4 niko-5 niko-6 niko-7

Insider’s Guide

• Seriously, you have to try the loukoumades.
• It is counter service; so remember to check out the menu before you order.
• Thanks to the fans and misters, you can eat on the patio comfortably!

Address
2520 Montrose Blvd.

Hours
Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday -Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(Extended Breakfast on Weekends, ’til 1 p.m.)

Parking
Free parking in the lot next to the restaurant

Family Friendly
Yes

Market Square

Address
 301 Milam (at Congress) 

Hours
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 9pm

Parking
Paid parking along the square