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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Unique omelet

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 7:01 AM

COMFORTABLE SETTING:  Comfortable food
  • Kat Robinson
  • COMFORTABLE SETTING: Comfortable food
Another day on our Breakfast in Arkansas series. Hope you’ve enjoyed the ones already posted, and do keep the ideas coming.

Most breakfast places (aside from the bakeries) have a standard repertoire of items they all use: eggs prepared in several fashions, breakfast meats derived from pork (bacon, sausage and ham, sometimes pork chops), bready things (pancakes, biscuits and/or toast) and starches (grits, hash browns or home fries). There will usually be some interesting variant to go with those items — like pastries, fruit or even steak.

But there’s only one place I know where you can have a gyros in the morning, and that’s Leo’s Greek Castle in Hillcrest.

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  • Kat Robinson
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Sure, it has the items you’re used to, hot cakes and hash browns and eggs done different ways. I had to go, though, because of the Greek Omelet. After all, it’s an omelet that contains gyros meat, which I think is splendid.

Leo’s is a small place. It’s diminutive. The ceilings are low and dining is limited to one small dining room inside and four small tables on a minute patio outside. If there’s a crowd you are going to rub elbows. Nothing wrong with that. It’s very neat, though, with cute little lace curtains on the window and blue plastic tablecloths on the tables. There’s a counter that’s topped with containers of cookies and biscotti, and the menu on the wall reminds you that baklava can be had for $1.75.

It’s constantly busy, even at 9:30 in the morning. There were a couple of guys at one table when I got there. I didn’t want to take up too much room so I sat down at the little table in the restaurant’s northeast corner. By the time I left, every table was full and there were diners outside.

THE GREEK OMELET:  Cheese, onions, peppers, gyros meat
  • Kat Robinson
  • THE GREEK OMELET: Cheese, onions, peppers, gyros meat
My omelet came out about when I expected it, enough time to make from scratch but not so much time as it might have sat there. The Greek Omelet is a no-fillers omelet, a two-folder golden yellow with a smattering of Cheddar cheese shreds on top, served up with four toast triangles and a side bowl of jelly and jam. The toast comes pre-buttered.

THE MEAT:  Its in there
  • Kat Robinson
  • THE MEAT: It's in there
Little bits of green bell pepper and onion are cooked into the egg. Within the tube of omelet are more bits of both ingredients, a little mushroom, and gyros meat. A lot of gyros meat, freshly sliced off the loaf for sure. Not as salty as bacon, gyros meat gives the omelet the meaty texture it deserves. It’s a good combination, solidly substantial. And at $7.65, it’s enough food to feel satisfied. If there’s another place in Arkansas you can find an omelet with gyros meat, I haven’t found it yet. I’m glad there’s one and that it’s nearby.

It’s not all that’s available, though. There’s also a Breakfast Pita ($4.20) with egg and breakfast meat in it. For an additional fifty cents, you can have it with gyro meat instead.

If you haven’t been and you like Greek fare, it’s worth a try. Then again, I just like Leo’s in general; sure it’s a little American-ized, but it’s so friendly and comfortable, you can’t help but love it.

You can find Leo’s Greek Castle on Kavanaugh, across the street from Delta Bank & Trust. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. It’s closed Sunday. (501) 666-7414.

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