A Warm, Tiny Cafe with Greek and Indian Favors

If you drive too fast, you might miss it. Greedy Girl is tucked away on South Taylor Road right before Cedar where owner Eustathea Kavouras serves a breakfast (all day) and lunch. The warm, tiny cafe has a menu that is inspired by Greek and Indian flavors. It’s the first time I’ve seen this culinary combination…and it works!

The space is bright, colorful and inviting with a relaxed vibe. Greedy Girl is the polar opposite of a fast-food chain restaurant. As I sat in the restaurant, it felt like stopping by a friend’s home and being offered something homemade to eat.

I ordered the Fry Girl Masala Dosa, a vegetarian South-Indian rice crepe that’s grilled and filled with masala potatoes cheese and served with a coconut cashew curry sauce. Good god, it was good. I also had the Indian-style Corn seasoned with lime cilantro, salt and hot chili pepper powder. And of course, you can’t leave without trying their okra fries, one of the tastiest things I’ve had in awhile. They’re cut super thin, fried for just a few minutes, and tossed with spices. They’re so good that you’ll never want a french fry again. They also have the usual Greek and Indian staples: stuffed grape leaves, mango lassis, gyros.

 I worried: would there be kid-friendly options for my tiny picky-eating companion? Yes, there were. My daughter had Belgian Baklava Waffles with housemade sweet honey syrup. She was also eyeing Challah Slider French Toast.

Everything is made from scratch. They don’t even own a microwave. I read one review about long waits, but even on that day, at the height of the lunch hour, our food was on the table in about 10 minutes. My daughter and I weren’t in a rush so we sat and people-watched over a game of “tensies.” if you don’t have time to wait, you can order online before you head over.

Tandoori Masala Indian Wings

Next time I visit, I need to try the Tandoori Masala Indian Wings with their house-made creamy dressing and cucumber raita salad. The Parsi Pora Omelet, sounds like heaven–a marriage of Greek and Indian flavors: its a Parsi-style omelet with masala, fresh cilantro and onion rolled in a flat bread. And must try the Indian Lamb Sliders!

They also have vegan options like the Vegan omelet roll made without dairy–or eggs! Or the Greedy Girl Salad with their house-made pomegranate avocado dressing and a top it with tofu. End your meal with a Vegan Salted Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Greedy Girl, the Heights are lucky to have you! Fresh, delicious, homemade food in a warm atmosphere with great prices that makes you want to come back.

Greedy Girl Ethnic Street Flavors, 2158 S. Taylor Road (near Cedar), Cleveland Heights.
6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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