Passing by this place several times throughout my Escondido travels I had barely taken notice, probably because of the lackluster signage on the storefront and similar minuscule sign on the shopping center’s marquee. Then one day I said to my wife since, as we passed by once again and I had looked at their rather positive reviews on that other review site, that we should one day check them out as we have been occasionally eating Mediterranean lunches at other places we have encountered.
I was again nearby today while getting yet another vehicle serviced just a block away. I had Burger King, Arby’s and McDonald’s from which to choose . . . or, that Greek place I’ve been wanting to try. Greek it is!
As the lackluster signage may be an indicator of what I may find inside, contrary to some of those reviews I had read about the excellent food, the same uninspiring interior design and restaurant establishment accoutrements were par for the course. Although the place was very busy during this lunch hour with folks sitting in this ‘cafe style’ eatery and many folks swinging through to pick up take-out orders I thought to myself, “the food here must be special”.
Pay no attention to the large rotating rotisserie chicken broiler inside the front window facing the busy intersection, this place says it serves Greek food and that’s what I heard repeated multiple times from the small service counter where orders are called out and the take-out orders are picked up. “Hi, welcome, are you here for take out?” “Sit where you want”, the very pleasant staff announced to everyone as they entered. “I’ll take the kabob, the falafels and a baclava”, people would repeatedly order. Not once did I hear “give me a chicken”, or “give me ribs”, that is also on their dated take-out style menu on the wall above the kitchen pass-through. I also didn’t hear anyone ask for the lamb shank as I had ordered. I saw it there and asked if they were available. The answer was, “yes, it sure is”. I became excited because it is not often I get to eat lamb, let alone a lamb shank, cooked Mediterranean style, right near my home. Most Greek or Mediterranean food places around mostly serve fast-food type Greek plates, kabobs, salads, humus or baba ghanoush; yet Chicken Plus didn’t have baba ghanoush, rather it had BBQ ribs, onion rings, Mozzarella cheese sticks, Liver and Onions, teriyaki chicken and other mixed cuisine along with their roasted whole chickens.
I was really surprised at how well the lamb shank was prepared with tomato, onion, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very very generous and delicious preparation. It was served on a very small plate along with an ‘ok’ rice pilaf. It also came with a small Greek salad, again on a very small plate. I thought I was going to be wearing my food home that day; but instead I ended up taking home rather generous leftovers.
Chicken Plus Greek Cuisine is pretty much just what the name implies. Give it a try! I may be back someday to try some other menu items with an anticipation that this is a specialty diner . . . with more of an emphasis on ‘diner”. And if you are looking for a really delicious and generous Mediterranean-style lamb shank, this is the place!