Sandwiches in Review: Santorini Island Grill

January 29, 2013

Like the leads from The Five-Year Engagement, Santorini Island Grill is a slick California operation which has made the trip out to the frozen tundras of Michigan (Kalamazoo, to be precise). Although their usual setup seems to be sit-down Greek restaurants, the specific location I’m reviewing is located in the basement of the student center on Western Michigan University’s campus, and is more of a fast food-style setup. Let’s see how well it works!

Pretty well, overall! Santorini offers a number of Greek entrees, but I decided to focus mainly on their gyro. After all, a Greek restaurant isn’t worth its salt if they can’t put together a halfway decent gyro. Thankfully, Santorini was up to the task. Their gyro meat is sliced fresh to order, and they make their tzatiki sauce in-house. The veggies and pitas are kept fresh as well, and the portions, which not gargantuan, are filling.

"Give me a word, any word, and I show you that the root of that word is Greek."

“Give me a word, any word, and I show you that the root of that word is Greek.”

Santorini also offers burger, burritos, and breakfast scrambles. These entrees are hodgepodges of various and sundry ingredients, everything from gyro meat to guacamole to bacon to a home-made hot sauce. I’ve tried a couple of their burritos (the Greek, which involves gyro meat and feta cheese, and the California, which is chicken and bacon, specifically), and they’re fantastic as well. I love the fusion cuisine that comes from necessity, and these are great examples of that. I haven’t tried their Greek burger yet (a beef patty topped with gyro meat), but I hope to soon.

Overall, Santorini Island Grill is a great choice for quick, tasty Greek food if you’re on WMU’s campus. Meals come with french fries or a side salad and a drink, and most run for about six and a half dollars. It’s definitely worth a trip out even if you’re not right on campus, and here’s hoping it sticks around for a while, although judging by the lines I’ve seen when I’ve been there, that won’t be a problem.


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