At ‘Hidden Kitchen,’ everyone knows your name
“Family.’’ That’s how Nick and Maria Koufos describe their customers at The Hidden Kitchen, a hole-in-the-wall diner in the South End. The proprietors seem to know everyone’s name and how clients like their food and take their coffee. In exchange, customers banter with the Koufoses and ask about their two grown children. “Whoever comes in here, they’re family to us,’’ says Nick Koufos. He’s a big man with a wide grin. “I’m here just because I love people and they love us.’’ The Hidden Kitchen on Albany Street is more like a well-worn kitchen than restaurant. Koufos calls it a “Pop and Momma’’ spot, where quality and quantity trump flash. “If you don’t give good food, the customers don’t come back,’’ says the Greek-born restaurateur.