THE BITE: I have to admit, I was not looking forward to this sandwich. It was a lousy day and I wasn’t craving anything. I just needed to put some food in my pie-hole. After cruising the streets of the ‘hood, I finally settled on Spiro’s Restaurant (2103 Avenue U). I looked over the menu for about 10 minutes before selecting a grilled chicken sandwich. What could go wrong with that?
Spiro’s Restaurant is one of Sheepshead Bay’s few remaining diners. Spiro’s seems a bit overlooked in the food industry of the Bay and that’s too bad. While they don’t produce dazzling foods, the meals usually satisfy.
I got back to the Sheepshead Bites offices, opened the container and was presented with a very messy sandwich. Juices from the mushrooms and chicken had soaked through the bottom layer of the bun while the meat and toppings had also escaped its confines. Given my mood, I really didn’t expect much. Add the poor presentation and a high price tag of $10.70, this grilled chicken sandwich, topped with canned mushrooms and Swiss cheese served on a Kaiser roll, was doomed from the start.
The meal, however, turned out much better than I expected. Stuffed into the roll were five beautifully seasoned, perfectly grilled, tender and moist all white-meat chicken cutlets. These babies were marinated in typical Greek spices which included Greek oregano and possibly a little sage.
These seasonings turned what promised to be a very boring sandwich into a great lunch.
Spiro’s Restaurant, 2103 Avenue U, (718) 891-9843
The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.