Most breakfast places (aside from the bakeries) have a standard repertoire of items they all use: eggs prepared in several fashions, breakfast meats derived from pork (bacon, sausage and ham, sometimes pork chops), bready things (pancakes, biscuits and/or toast) and starches (grits, hash browns or home fries). There will usually be some interesting variant to go with those items — like pastries, fruit or even steak.
But there’s only one place I know where you can have a gyros in the morning, and that’s Leo’s Greek Castle in Hillcrest.
Leo’s is a small place. It’s diminutive. The ceilings are low and dining is limited to one small dining room inside and four small tables on a minute patio outside. If there’s a crowd you are going to rub elbows. Nothing wrong with that. It’s very neat, though, with cute little lace curtains on the window and blue plastic tablecloths on the tables. There’s a counter that’s topped with containers of cookies and biscotti, and the menu on the wall reminds you that baklava can be had for $1.75.
It’s constantly busy, even at 9:30 in the morning. There were a couple of guys at one table when I got there. I didn’t want to take up too much room so I sat down at the little table in the restaurant’s northeast corner. By the time I left, every table was full and there were diners outside.
It’s not all that’s available, though. There’s also a Breakfast Pita ($4.20) with egg and breakfast meat in it. For an additional fifty cents, you can have it with gyro meat instead.
If you haven’t been and you like Greek fare, it’s worth a try. Then again, I just like Leo’s in general; sure it’s a little American-ized, but it’s so friendly and comfortable, you can’t help but love it.
You can find Leo’s Greek Castle on Kavanaugh, across the street from Delta Bank & Trust. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. It’s closed Sunday. (501) 666-7414.