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THE DISH: Mykonos Kouzzina & Pizzeria

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Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski Mykonos Kouzzina serves, from bottom left clockwise, baklava, horiatiki salata (classic peasant salad), penne me kota (pasta dish with chicken) and dolmades (rice wrapped with grape leaves).

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The restaurant is painted in bright colors for a Mediterranean feel.

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Mykonos Kouzzina and Pizzeria

Mykonos Kouzzina and Pizzeria

ON THE MENU

• Spanakopita — A “spinach pie” made with spinach, cheese and herbs baked in a phyllo dough, $5

• Gyro plate — Gyro meat with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce and feta cheese on pita bread. Served with a choice of Greek potatoes, french fries or house potato chips, $11

• Mykonos supreme pizza — Ground beef, extra cheese, mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, feta cheese, onions and green bell peppers, $17 for

medium (12-inch)

• Pastitsio — Greek style lasagna with layers of ground beef, pasta and a bechamel sauce, then topped with a Kouzzina tomato sauce. Served with a small salad or soup, $12

4949 Friendship Road, Buford

770-945-2002

www.mykonosatlanier.com-- Open since: April

-- Owners: Siblings Diana Endsley, Tim and David Sundy

-- Location: Mykonos Kouzzina & Pizzeria is located in the Friendship Pavilion next to the Blimpie store.

-- Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

-- Atmosphere: None of the owners are Greek, but that hasn't stopped them from opening their own Greek restaurant near Lake Lanier.

Tim Sundy was once a partner for a different Mediterranean restaurant in Gwinnett for 13 years. When that venture ended, he and his siblings wanted to get back into the business and opened Mykonos Kouzzina with the spirit of fresh food and good quality at a reasonable price.

"I enjoy people and I enjoy the product that we serve," he said. "The enjoyment to me is watching people eat something that they've never tried before and can tell that they enjoyed it."

The inside of Mykonos Kouzzina is bright and open with yellows, blues and white on the walls, tables and chairs. If you want to sit outside, there are four tables available surrounded by flowers and fresh herbs, which are used in several of the dishes.

-- Menu: Greek food, Greek ingredients and Greek flavors are the only things on the menu.

"Greek food is unique," Sundy said. "We make everything here with a lot of herbs, olives, seafood, lemon and basic things -- there's a simplicity to it with complexity."

And lamb reigns supreme at this establishment -- whether with the gyro meat (beef and lamb mixture with a higher lamb content), on pizza or cut into lamb chops. According to Sundy, the demand for lamb chops has increased dramatically since the spot opened in April.

But if you're not sure what Greek food is like, there are two different platters that offer a variety of traditional bites.

"A lot of people like the sampler platters because it gives them ... a chance to try different things," Sundy said. "That's my goal -- to get people to try some different things."

Mykonos prides itself in its fresh food at a good price. The kitchen makes practically everything, including the rolls, pizza dough, desserts (except the gelato), salad dressings and dips.

"You can come in here during lunch, spend $10 and get something fresh to order or you can spend $10 at McDonald's," Sundy said. "But a lot of people are tired of the chain (restaurants) in the area."

-- Things you might not know: Both brothers, Tim and David, are school teachers as well as owners.