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Pappas' Grill

1066 Montgomery Highway (Vestavia Hills Plaza)
This Greek restaurant takes the concept of a walk-up lunch counter to a higher level by serving some fancy items such as lamb, chicken and even swordfish kabobs in addition to the usual burgers, Greek chicken sandwiches, and salads. In a March 2009 review, Tom Gaskin says this mom-and-pop operation does Greek right. "What packs 'em in is not the atmosphere; it's the very good Greek food piled high on those flimsy plastic plates," including gyros and 14 other sandwiches, moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, pastichio, Greek snapper, lamb, souvlaki and more. "Pappa's Grill is a jewel," Gaskin writes. "The food is very good and the price is very low."

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 04:44PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments9 Comments

Reader Comments (9)

It is definitely a Mom & Pop operation, small, Greek dishes available (the owners, Pat and Greg, are Greek). We love the baked trout almondine--we really like the way it is seasoned. Give it a try if you haven't.

One word of warning: under stress, when the place gets crowded plus phone orders coming in. Mom & Pop start snapping at each other. The place is small, so there is no way not to hear them.

(June 2007)

June 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

Great upscale restaurant quality food without the upscale prices and a no frills atmosphere. It's all about the food.

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

The best moussaka in Birmingham! Also, I love their Greek salad. Easy/inexpensive take out.

November 3, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterds

I love Pappas'! You should definitely try their pasticcio, it is very rich, filling and delicious. You will also absolutely love their spinach, tomato and orzo side dish. The flavors are amazing with just a hint of feta.

The husband-and-wife owner/operators are lovely. They may snap at each other during a lunch rush but in the slower evening hours, they work together harmoniously and it adds to the restaurant's charm.

If you are going for take out, be sure to call your order in advance. The husband is the only cook so it could take a while if you are planning to go in and order at the counter.

December 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Pappas's is hands down my favorite place to eat in Vestavia. Yes, Pat and Greg do snap at each other, but in my opinion, that's just part of the charm I go for!

My suggestions are the chicken gyro, pastichio, Greek ribeye, Greek burger, and tsaziki dip with pita. I'm also quite in love with the spinach and rice and seasoned shoestring fries with honey mustard. I'm not sure what these guys put in their honey mustard, but it is the best I've ever had. I order it with every meal and find something to dip it in.

For more standard, American fare, their chicken fingers and burgers are hard to beat as well.

Pappas's is low in price, high in flavor, and if you like a bit of a dinner show, high on entertainment value. You can tell these guys value their patrons and take the time to do what they do right. Pappas's is truly a gem in our area.

February 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT. S. Smith

We Love Pappas Grill..its our favorite place to eat when we are in or even near Vestavia..My Husband really loves the hotdogs. My favorite is the Spinach and Rice. Everyone should try this restaurant at least once..but a word of warning..its addictive so you may find yourself coming back again and again.

April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

GREAT PLACE TO EAT! I have not had a bad meal at Pappas. If you like Greek food come to this place.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Is smoking still allowed? We love the food, but the times we have gone the smoke is so thick that we couldn't enjoy it. It's a tiny place so there's no getting away from even one smoker. We had completely dropped Pappas' for that reason.

October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

This is one of our favorite places to eat in Birmingham. My boyfriend can't get enough of the stuffed grape leaves, and I can't find anything on the menu that I don't like. Pat and Greg are very friendly and personable with their customers, and though they do bicker at times with each other, I agree it just adds charm to an already very enjoyable dining experience.

November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

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