By: Alexis Harborth Photos by: Rachel Benavides
Savory, sweet, and unique are under one roof at A&A Gyros and More. This Greek restaurant nestled in the shopping center at Yorktown and Cimarron just celebrated its one-year anniversary and is already an area favorite – and should definitely be on your list of must-try places. A&A’s owner and head chef Alex Loukanaris is excited to be serving up favorites, classics, and brand-new creations to the Corpus Christi area.
A&A Gyros and More makes traditional Greek dishes, including the perennial fan favorite lamb gryo; cuts of savory, tender meat drizzled with creamy sauce and served in warm pita bread. There are also various well-loved options ranging from stuffed bell peppers to fish dishes to kebabs – depending on the day of the week. “Our specials are popular,” Loukanaris says, “Monday through Saturday, there’s a different special that’s usually only available on that day.”
What makes so many plates so popular is the home-made taste. “Everything is authentic and made in-house, down to our onion rings, which are cut to-order,” says Loukanaris.
While flavor and quality are found at this local spot, so is culinary creativity. Because at A&A Gyros and More, the “more” is no exaggeration, thanks to a menu filled with gyro fusions and fresh creations.
“We do all sorts of different pita bread sandwiches; we play around with them,” Loukanaris says, citing the buffalo chicken ranch gyro, the Jaws Sandwich’s fried fish and tartar sauce, the popular Greek Ribeye Philly’s grilled onions, peppers, and cheese, and the Italiano Pita, which has Italian sausage and mozzarella.
You cannot skip dessert at A&A. A dish that flies off the shelf is the baklava cheesecake – a twist on the classic Greek treat. According to Loukanaris, the ingredients that go into this dish include, “Filo dough, walnuts, cheesecake, and more filo dough. It’s a layer of baklava on the bottom, a layer of cheesecake in the middle, and another layer of baklava on top.” Is your mouth watering yet?
For Loukanaris, the restaurant business runs in the family, which is what inspired him to open A&A Gyros and More in the first place. His family are restaurateurs in New York and also here in Corpus Christi – Bay Area favorite Eirinis Gyros and More on Alameda.
A&A opened in February 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic began taking hold, so they are especially thankful to their faithful patrons for support during the first tumultuous year. Eating local is vital for area restaurants, especially while COVID-19 is still underway. A&A makes it easy with several options, including drive-thru, pick-up, and curbside as well as dine-in. From their appetizers to salads and lengthy sandwich menu, you’ll have lots to choose from – and chances are, you’ll be visiting often.
6314 Yorktown Blvd #201