Opa! Greek-Style Kriti Kitchen Opens in West U Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
NEED DINNER IN a hurry, but want something fresh and different? Pondicheri alum Mary Cuclis recently debuted her first café, Greek-inspired Kriti Kitchen, which might be the answer to the “What’s for dinner?” question.
Cuclis started as a caterer, offering handy meals prepped for groups that were announced on her social media platforms. Its popularity segued to her current space located in Weslayan Plaza. Her new counter-serve cafe is blending both by serving scratch-made Cretan food with her own modern twist, and also offering prepared meals for take-away.
“We crafted the menu with the goal of creating quality dishes for individuals and families who are constantly on the go,” Cuclis said in a statement. The cafe offers all-day breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus. Dishes are made with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, so you might find a few surprise selections each time you visit.
Sunny and welcoming, Kriti’s breezy space is decorated with custom-built bronze and marble shelves filled with Greek olive oil, wines, and dry goods like pasta and risotto. Houston designer Allie Wood helped outfit the space. Fresh Greek-inspired baked goods are sold from a counter display, and the cooler is stocked with homemade sauces, dips, and sweets for takeaway. Expect a few covered sidewalk tables as well as indoor tables.
Chef-owner Mary Cuclis
Cuclis said recipes for her Kriti menu items were derived from her own Greek roots. She comes to her new endeavor after spending time at the Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong and at Indian-inspired Pondicheri in Houston.
Menu items include mezze boards with beef meatballs, chicken souvlaki, dolmades, seasonal dips like tahini or tzatziki, and homemade pita or gluten-free flatbread. Vibrant Greek salads, wraps, and protein bowls round out the selections. Daily brunch features items such as the Mizithrapita – a cheese-stuffed pancake with a honey drizzle and nut crumble. To drink, look for Greek beer, wine, juices, and nonalcoholic Greek beverages including mint lemonade and a Cretan herbal tea.
Kriti proffers a rotating selection of affordable "Heat & Eat" takeout meals that can be ordered ahead of time and picked up at the restaurant on the same day. A few recent hits include the Spana omelet, moussaka, and rosemary shrimp with chive aioli and oregano-coriander flatbread. Each meal comes with a list of ingredients and serving instructions.
Winner, winner — here comes dinner!
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