Recently celebrating three years serving Las Vegas, former Estiatorio Milos employee Nikos Georgousis and Girair ‘Jerry’ Goumroian of Henderson’s The Great Greek essentially rescuing the plaza on Rainbow at Tropicana in early 2017, it was amidst COVID-19 precautions that take-out was ordered and unlike a previous to-go experience Meraki Greek Grill was completely on-point this time.
Nothing less than an Off-Strip sensation since opening its doors, and pivoting nicely to off-site dining during the pandemic, it is from a truncated menu including two “Family Feasts” that diners are currently invited to choose, prices downright affordable and in some cases making one wonder how the Restaurant is even making a profit.
Defined as “doing something with soul, creativity and love,” a spirit embodied by courteous employees and staff of Superstar Chef Michael Mina who are currently using Meraki as a point of distribution for family meal to out of work colleagues, it took no longer than five minutes to collect an order placed by e-mail, clerks going the extra mile to assist by carrying bags to the car while clad in PPE.
Exiting the tiled blue space and traveling just five minutes to home, Onions, Garlic and Herbs perfuming the air, it was not long before all items were unpacked and ready for sharing, Hummus an immediate highlight in terms of taste and texture while three orders of Falafel delivered a dozen crisp and oilless nuggets lightly perfumed by Onions and Parsley.
Generously portioned, some added Pita and aforementioned Falafel alongside a Feast and Dessert enough to sate seven, those who think they do not “like” Grape Leaves may see their minds changed by Yia Yia’s Dolmadakia, while Meraki’s Greek Salad fares better than most as a result of fresh Vegetables and plenty of Feta Cheese.
Finding the Salad’s Vinaigrette well-suited to both Fritters and French Fries, the latter arguably Sin City’s best even after transport in a Styrofoam clamshell, it was only too little Tzatziki that compromised built-to-preference Gyro, the Beef and Lamb mix shaved thin but still juicy with a bold Herbs.
Taking a small bit of Chicken, but leaving both the grilled Bird and aromatic Rice for those who specifically requested them, Dessert consisted of Rice Pudding and Baklava, the former easily one of the best in Las Vegas for staying simple and being served at room temperature while crisp layers of Phyllo alternating with Walnuts and Honey is texturally splendid and predictably sweet.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Budget friendly, fresh and well-crafted with staff currently making all the right choices in terms of customer safety, Meraki remains Las Vegas’ premier off-Strip spot for Mediterranean cuisine.