Sunday, May 10, 2009
In honor of this special day, I thought I'd review a lovely place that was introduced to me by none other than my mother. Since I can't be with her today, Mother's Day, because I have the flu (again) I would like to pay homage to her with a post. I know that means so much more to her than me actually coming to visit.
Let me pay my respects to this wonderful woman who raised me and my two sisters, on her own, for 15 years. Heck, she is still raising me, so I guess you could make that number exponentially higher. This is the woman who would come and kill every single disgusting, flying, tck-tck-tck noise making cockroach at the very instant a grimace would cross our faces. Most likely to keep the shrieking screams away, but she still took care of them. She attended all of the football games that I performed in (ok, I was in Drill Team, deal with it), she would stay up with each of us for hours on end listening to us whine about how mean boys were, she stayed on my couch in my apartment for two weeks to take care of me after I decided to try out a "cool new procedure" for my face (laser resurfacing, don't do it) even though it went against every fiber of her being.
She still deals with my annoying ways such as messing her hair around in a big knot as soon as I see her, hugging her so long in public she gets uncomfortable, yelling out things like "would you quit following me weirdo?" when we go shopping, making fun of her huge towel she wears on her neck length hair after showering and generally being an jerk whenever we are together because she is an easy (and hilarious) target.
I truly believe my mom gave up her entire life for us and I can never thank her enough for that. She is the most amazing woman in the world and if you met her, I guarantee you would think so, too. Can you imagine trying to raise me? Let alone two others? By yourself? Lord, I cringe at the thought of it.
Anyway, Niko Niko's was a place I had long heard my mother rave about, but I didn't give it much attention. The parking always annoyed me and it seemed like too much of a hassle to deal with. "Oh, but it is sooooo worth it" my mom would say. "Yeah, whatever" I would think to myself, because I'm a brat. So, one day my I decided to go. And lo and behold, the lady was correct (as usual). This place is tasty! Now, I understand the long line that sometimes protrudes out the doorway.
Not one to be big on Greek Food, Niko Niko's has made a believer out of me. Their gyros are so delicious that my mouth actually waters just driving by the dang place. All of their dishes are cooked with love (I just know it!) and the meat is perfection. The sauces they use are authentic, they use no trans-fat (no clue if that is good or not, just threw it out there) and they have a COMBINATION PLATE! I love a good combination plate!
I also enjoy the ambiance of Niko Niko's. The hustle and bustle makes me feel like I'm in Greece at a busy little cafe with all the Greek dudes yelling back and forth to each other. Also, you can dine al fresco. Although you will be staring out at Montrose Blvd and a piercing studio rather than gazing off into gorgeous Greek Mountains, it is still totally worth it.
Some of the awesome dishes:
Go to Niko Niko's today so my mother can also say to you "told you so!".
Happy Mother's Day, mom! I love you with all my heart!!!
Houston, Texas713-528-GYRO (4976)
Monday - Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 11am - 9pm
***All images courtesy of Niko Niko's***