Yia-Yia Mary's serves up lively and straightforward Greek fare just like Grandma Pappas used to make.
A welcoming and lively atmosphere awaits diners at this Galleria-area hot spot. A foyer and front bar make way to a spacious dining room decorated with blue checkered tablecloths and pictures of yia yia (grandma) Mary herself. TVs are plentiful and the ceilings high, but the noise level remains tolerable, even at peak times.
The menu is accessible (it's still a Pappas restaurant after all), but remains true to its Greek roots. The appetizers (or mezes) are exceptional here, so opt for a sampler or order a few standouts like the salty caviar dip taramosalata, stuffed grape leaves and saganaki cheese flamed tableside. Simply seasoned and grilled lamb chops leave you wanting more. Gyros are another favorite here, in traditional lamb and beef with soft, handmade pita and crisp tzatziki sauce. Other options include souvlakis, moussaka casserole and a variety of shrimp and fish.
There's a surprising wine list including inexpensive carafes of Greek house wine. For an even more authentic experience, try a glass of retsina or ouzo.
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