The Nitty Gritty
- Price is for two people
- Must be 21 or older to enjoy the adult beverages
- Must redeem within 90 days of purchase
- Must bring ID to redeem
- Gratuity and tax not included with purchase and will be based on full retail value
We’re completely smitten by Kafenio, and have to admit we’re at least a little bit in love with Johnny, owner and chef - you may also know him as the owner of Park Grounds in Reynoldstown. Just between us, he’d be OK if we never even mentioned his name; he just wants to be known for creating an amazing space where guests can enjoy a relaxing meal. We said too bad, because we can’t ignore someone so charming. But enough about Johnny, let’s talk Kafenio. The Greek diner is so much more than a place to get a quick meal - it showcases Johnny’s respect for the food. His parents came from Greece, saved money and opened a pizza joint, so he grew up in the restaurant industry. Two or three generations came through that restaurant, and his parents would make sure they were all taken care of. Kafenio continues the tradition of creating a place where a community can gather for an amazing meal and get away from the worries of the world for just a little bit.
Nestled in a row of storefront shops in College Park, Kafenio is a mid-century design dream come true, with Jackie O-Classy inspired pieces that scream Kennedy Camelot mixed with a bright, airy, open feeling. The vibe is old-school mixed with modern sensibilities, and it’s a place we want to keep coming back to. The high walls are covered in murals of Greek cities, and the handmade table tops and wooden wall paneling is reclaimed from a ‘20s era storage company by Lifecycle, a company that salvages materials from buildings being torn down. The red leather-covered wood chairs came from a hotel whose heyday was in the ‘60s. The lights came from a thrift market, and were the first piece of the new restaurant. In fact, Johnny wasn’t even sure he was interested in opening another restaurant when he bought them. So you could say the whole thing happened because he saw some pretty great lights at a thrift store. And for the record, the lights are exquisite.
Once you soak in the space, which should take a while, dive into Greek classics, and breakfast for dinner (We call it “brinner.”) Dinner for two includes two entrees, which can come from the breakfast menu (try the French toast- you won’t be sorry) or salads and sandwiches, like the classic gyro wrap, Greek salad or Kafenio’s Lamburger. Starters include the small plates like spanakopita, dolmades and the Greek sampler platter- perfect for anyone who can’t make up their mind. Drinks are included, and you can choose from a collection of luscious wines and local brews, or non-alcoholic if you go that way. Everything on the menu reflects a passion for food, so if you’re not going to live passionately, this isn’t the place for you. But Scouts, we know you grab life by the horns.