Alekos 2 Theatre Sq., Suite 105, Orinda, 925-254-5290 AlekoCafe.com
There's a distinct lack of Greek food in this neck of the Bay, but tiny Alekos struggles mightily to fill the void. Its walls are crammed with questionable art, and it has just three inside tables, plus a handful more outside when the weather permits, which in Orinda is often enough. Most people line up for yummy gyros and souvlaki to go, but you shouldn't ignore the rest of the menu. It's much more extensive than you'd expect for a place of this size, with hearty, simple food that won't deplete your drachmas. They have great daily specials, too, like a tasty grilled salmon plate. Try the Macedonian chicken, half a bird stewed in a lemony sauce with eggplant, tomatoes, and garlic, topped with a moist feta sauce, with grilled vegetables and rice on the side -- a great deal. The lamb Kapama is a well-spiced ragout of tender lamb in a tomato-based sauce. A simple but satisfying tuna salad is made with romaine lettuce, feta, and kalamata olives and topped with an oregano-dappled vinaigrette. And the avgolemono soup is comfort food with just enough lemony tang. The baklava is good, too, if not homemade -- light, and not at all syrupy.