By: Syrie Roman Legnon
Since its opening thirteen years ago, Taki’s Restaurant has been a Downtown lunch staple. I am a firm believer that it is places like these that paint the colors of a city. It feels good to see that at 12 o’clock on any given day you can’t find a table at the Court Street eatery. I always ask people to support their local restaurants and shops because by doing that you are supporting your neighbor, your community, your economy and ultimately your own family.
Taki Kyriakopoulos has a deep love for downtown Buffalo and is happy that he has been able to continue serving the city for all these years. “We are a family. I have employees that have worked for me 10 and 12 years, we love what we do here and it makes us happy…I’m glad to see more people living downtown and I hope more stores open up down here,” said the proprietor. In the meantime Taki’s is doing their part by cooking up good and affordable meals. The popular chicken souvlaki seems to be everyone’s favorite, but don’t fear, my friends, there is plenty to choose from.
The menu offers a variety of breakfast favorites, salads, sandwiches and Greek specialties honoring the owner’s heritage. After a delicious lunch, there was something that caught my eye, an ice cream display right by the front window. Kyriakopoulos installed what I will call “an ice cream take out window” a couple of months ago. “Now you don’t even have to come inside if you just want some ice cream,” says Kyriakopoulos.
I have to agree that it’s a great idea, especially after lunch when you’re battling the summer heat on the walk back to the office; ice cream makes every journey better. They are serving a wide selection of delicious flavors; you should go give them a taste. If you are feeling a little Greek, make sure you try the Baklava, a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey, Taki’s version is deliciously addictive.
45 Court Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Woman. Puerto Rican. Wife. Culinarian. Loves to cook, eat, drink, write and read, Syrie Roman Legnon can’t swim, curses like a sailor and is convinced there are few better things than a really cold beer.