The Fenway gets an authentic, fast-casual Greek sandwich shop on March 14. Chief culinary officer Jody Adams and partners Jonathan Mendez and Eric Papachristos will open Saloniki (4 Kilmarnock St. at Van Ness Street), which serves sandwiches, plates, and salads — all under $10.50. It’s a personal project: Papachristos comes from Greece, Adams is the chef at Mediterranean spot Trade, and, well, Mendez felt strongly that there was a lack of authentic Greek food in the Boston area.
“I used to think of a gyro as what you might order in a pizza shop here, until I visited Greece,” says Mendez. “We want people to be able to have a proper Greek sandwich with authentic flavors: bold, bright, balanced.”
Build your fresh-pressed pita at a counter showcasing fillings like honey garlic braised pork shoulder or pomegranate-glazed eggplant and toppings like charred eggplant, spicy whipped feta, or olive tapenade, then opt for sides of Greek fries or crispy pita chips. Saloniki serves Greek wines, beer, and iced coffee frappes, too, plus dessert.
“It’s really approachable, at an approachable price point and a fun casual setting,” says Adams. Consider it Sweetgreen’s Grecian cousin.
The restaurant — which takes its name from the Greek city of Thessaloniki — will be open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.Kara Baskin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.