Stefanos Greek Kouzina
& Pastry Shop
234 E. Quitman Street
Tucked into a tiny historic building off the downtown courthouse square in Emory, Texas, is Stefanos Greek Kouzina & Pastry Shop. This authentic cafe pulls out all the stops to give guests a little piece of Greece right in the middle of the Upper East Side of Texas.
Greek music is playing, and the walls inside are colorfully decorated with art, photos and murals of Greece memorabilia. A tall glass-encased shelf holds homemade pastries and showcases some of the ingredients like Ouzo that go in to them.
There’s outdoor seating and inside is a cozy room with a few private tables and a community table sitting in the middle of the room. All the happy customers are eager to share their favorites and make recommendations — all of them said there’s not a bad item on the menu.
On the recommendation of one patron, I ordered the “Cassie” Gyro Pita and was very pleased with the choice. It comes with chicken or you can get a beef/lamb combo. I chose the chicken. It came topped with amazing Greek Garlic Slaw and I ordered a side of Greek Fries. Those came topped with olive oil and Feta cheese. Really good.
The rest of the menu is filled with traditional Greek foods like Spanakopita, Falafel, Dolmas, hummus and dips, several gyro’s, pitas, char-broil specials, and many Greek plate specials too numerous to mention. They also have several soups and salads to choose from. Take a look at their full menu on their Facebook page.
Stefanos is owned and operated by John and Cara Stefanos and helped by their daughter Cassie who created that delicious gyro I enjoyed.
I grabbed a mixed bag of the pastries to share with some friends and it was all really delicious. We had the Hazelnut Rum Cake, Baklava Cheesecake, and Greek Wedding Cookies.
The food, the ambience, the people, all made this a wonderful experience and I’ll be back for more.