I have been a devoted Yanni's patron for nearly 30 years. In all this time, every meal has been consistently delicious. Owners Peter and Karen welcome guests to their family restaurant with true Greek hospitality, fresh hand-crafted cuisine, and a friendly, comfy atmosphere.
If you know the Phinney-Greenwood communities, you'll appreciate the fact that, aside from one cozy Starbucks, there are virtually no chain stores here. Businesses are independent, and even the two franchises are locally owned and operated. Yanni's is, indeed, a family business.
Fresh, real, authentic slow food "made from scratch" takes time to prepare. So, if you're looking for a fast meal, go somewhere else. Plan to make your dinner at Yanni's an evening in itself. From appetizers (try the Keftedes, and if you don't see them on the menu, ask) and generous salads to the best-ever avgolemono soup, you can ease your way into your entree in culinary bliss.
I often go with friends, and we've been known to make a meal of shared appetizers, soups and salads, and traded tastes of shared entrees. And you're likely to need a take-home container for the leftovers.
Be sure to save a wee bit of room for the awe-inspiring baklava ice cream. And if there are any food scientists out there who can tell me how baked filo stays crunchy when blended in ice cream, please do so...though you may need to sample several scoops as part of your research. I keep studying, but the mystery remains.
In summary, Phinney Ridge is a genuine Seattle community, and Yanni's is the best place to enjoy it.
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