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Out to Lunch with Tori: Greek Delights

When the Summer Art Festival arrives each June in Midland, some vendors stay for only a year while others return multiple years. One of the most steadfast staples of the festival is Greek Delights, which has provided grilled Mediterranean delicacies for over 15 years.

Based out of Chicago, Greek Delights comes to town only once a year. I’m sorry, readers, the window to enjoy these tasty treats has closed until next summer…you’ll just have to take my word that this food is not to be missed. Just be sure to bring enough cash to cover your meal; the credit card reader was down when I went, giving me a mild heart attack as I placed my order. No worries, I was prepared.


I timed my visit just right, arriving around 11 am, perusing the art vendors’ stalls and checking out the Art Seen murals before heading towards the food stations. The line for Greek Delights stretched the width of Main Street, a very good sign.

Their menu features classics, including gyros, shish-kabobs and Greek salad, alongside Americanized dishes, including Philly cheesesteak, chicken tenders and cheese fries. The selection appealed to diners young and old.

Before I divulge what I ordered, I feel obliged to inform you that I had done a fair share of walking that morning between visiting the Midland Antique Festival at the fairgrounds and then the Summer Art Fair. My legs were well-stretched and my stomach was running on empty. I wanted something that would fill my tank and fulfill my craving for Greek food – to eat anything other than Greek cuisine from a place that specializes in Mediterranean dishes is a crime in my book. With that, I placed an order for gyro fries and a fresh-squeezed lemonade.

If there’s a middle ground between healthy and junk food, this dish would fall in that area. Freshly cooked fries were topped with gyro meat – I assume it was a mixture of beef and lamb – tzatziki sauce and lettuce. It was so substantial that I would have been tempted to share it with a friend if I hadn’t been so hungry.

I was fortunate to scope out a picnic table in the shade of a young tree just a little way down from Greek Delights and positioned with a nice view between vendors’ tents. There happened to be two ladies occupying one side of the table, watching the hustle and bustle on Main Street. As I sat down, they turned as the aroma of cooked meat and fries wafted toward them. Food has an amazing knack for sparking conversation and helping forge a connection between strangers.

My rule of thumb is that fries are a finger food until they’re topped with one or more items, such as cheese sauce, meat and/or vegetables. Then, it’s perfectly acceptable – better, even – to use a fork. I started randomly jabbing at my dish, trying to get a little bit of each part of the gyro fries.

The fries had cooled a little while I was talking with the two ladies, but were soft and seasoned with a blend of spices. The gyro meat was sliced ​​thin and broken into chunks just small enough to be eaten without using a knife. The tzatziki sauce was one of the heaviest renditions I’ve eaten, almost akin to a very thick yogurt, which makes sense as it’s one of the main ingredients. The lettuce was nice, giving a crunchy texture and providing some healthy bonus points to the meal.

Certain foods are worth waiting for as they come just once a year. Greek Delights is certainly one of them. If you’re now craving some more Greek delicacies, I highly suggest making the drive to St. Demitrios Greek Orthodox Church, 4970 Mackinaw Road in Saginaw, for the annual Saginaw Greek Festival from June 17-19. They have gyros, spanakopita, dolmades, baklava and loukoumades (honey puffs) and more. I know I’ll be going there myself. It’s all Greek – and delicious – to me! Cheers!

Editor’s note: Out to Lunch with Tori will appear each Thursday in the Midland Daily News. Victoria (Tori) Ritter can be reached at vritter@mdn.net

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