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Vista – New York Café – When Shopping near Sycamore

Stanley Stephan | Nov 12, 2003 01:49 PM

This little kabob house, IMO, is worth a stop if you are shopping at the malls off the Sycamore exit of 78 or if you are a student in the area.

There are standard breakfast and lunch items. The drink list is interesting with some smoothies, an Orange Julius, Creamsicle (Orange Julius but not blended), root beer floats, shakes, etc.. If you want your espresso or other specialty coffee, they are all here including a pumpkin spiced latte. Don’t you feel much better supporting a local business rather than the Starbucks down the street?

They have a drive thru window which attracted me in the first place. But there is a big pleasant wooden deck to sit on outdoors and the indoors is coffee house cozy with books, newspapers and a big couch at one end of the room to sit and enjoy your coffee. There’s a big shady tree next to the patio. It’s a pleasant way to start or take a break from your mall shopping. It also beats any of the chains in that mall.

Sorry if I mentioned this place before but on a recent visit they added a pretty good gyro. The gyros were a long time coming because the owner wanted to make authentic Greek gyros and was having some problems locating the correct equipment.

The star here is the kabobs – especially the lamb kabobs.

This place serves flavorful grilled kabobs with a huge surfboard shaped flat bread. The sides include a very fresh chopped sweet onion and tomato mix, beans and rice and a green condiment. Sorry, I’m still being reintroduced to Greek food and don’t have the names down.

For breakfast I had the delicious cayare, a tasty scramble of onions, tomatoes, pepper and some of the tenderest beef I have ever had. A poached egg sits on top breaking into this delicious Middle Eastern hash. The whole dished is sprinkled with grape powder. There was also the delicious grilled flat bread with it. ($4.99)

At first I thought that the owner might be Indian, but he said the dishes are Greek/Persian. He just took over the restaurant four months ago and added the kabobs.

This place around the corner from the big mall at the Syracuse exit on 78. Head toward the mall that has Target, but don’t enter the mall. Continue straight to the end of Robelini Road and make a left. It is almost on the corner at 1984 S Santa Fe.

Small nits, the jumbo hot dog wasn’t jumbo and I didn’t like the dryish roll. The dog was nicely grilled though and had a tasty relish. Standard \packaged bagels, so if you are looking for an authentic NY bagel fix, this isn’t the place, but they are equal to the quality of a Starbucks bagel. My suggestion would be stick to the Greek dishes. I’ll also add that wherever he buys his tomatoes, they are above the normal tasteless variety served in restaurants. There is actual tomato flavor here.

The owner is originally from Albany NY. He lived in the Bay Area for three years where he had a restaurant in Walnut Creek. He has a passion about Greek food and is interesting to talk to. He is planning on putting a little barbeque out on the patio where you can grill your own piece of meat, if that sort of thing appeals to you. He is very receptive to suggestions of customers.

I’m not sure of the spelling of that breakfast dish since there are a number of spelling errors on the menu. However the food is good, the atmosphere relaxing and the value excellent.

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