Chef continues tradition with Grandma’s cookingWritten by Lori Golaszewski | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Grandma’s Country Cookin’ serves up full plates in a time when wallets might be almost empty.
Located at 3312 Glendale Ave., Grandma’s dishes up a wide variety of food from an extensive menu featuring pizza, wings, Greek American fare, baked chicken, chili dogs, salads and sandwiches, omelets and more, said owner George Krinas.
“I’d say 97 or 98 percent of the items we have here are homemade or made here first from fresh ingredients,” he said. “The prices are very enticing for families and for people who don’t have a high income.”
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. According to Grandma’s menu, which is available online at www.grandmascountrycookin.com, a mushroom omelet costs $5.59, while a regular burger and fries is available for about $5. A chicken or veal parmesan dinner is $8.59, and a roast turkey breast dinner, $8.99.
Grandma’s offers coupons too, which are available on its Web site. The restaurant also caters.
Krinas knows his way around a kitchen, having been in the restaurant business for 37 years. He operated the Athens Village restaurant in Downtown Toledo until it closed in the early 1980s. Krinas later opened Hot Dog Charleys on Glendale Avenue, which was in existence for more than 18 years before he remodeled it and turned it into Grandma’s Country Cookin’ nearly four years ago.
Krinas has a chef who prepares most of the restaurant’s meals, but he still enjoys making some of the dishes.
“I still do maybe 25 percent of the items in the back, specials and things like that,” he said.
His specialties include pastitsio (Greek lasagna), beef tips over rice and stuffed peppers and cabbages. He also makes various soups and the sauce for gyros.
Regular customers are the bread and butter of his business, Krinas said, and they make his job enjoyable.
“We are family-oriented people, and I think the funnest thing of all is the customer relations. The customers who are here have been coming for years. There are new ones coming in, but we’ve had customers here who brought their kids in when they were 1 year old or 6 months old, and the kids are now 16 years old and they are still coming.”
Krinas said he hopes that despite the tough economy, new customers will be enticed to try Grandma’s Country Cookin’.
“The portions are very generous. The atmosphere is very comfortable, very welcoming, and very warm. The quality of the food and the ingredients are the best.”