In Atchison, Kansas, Pete’s Steakhouse offers Midwestern favorites mixed with a dash of Greek.
“We recently added some Greek dishes on the menu,” says George Tsamolias. “The most popular thing is the chicken, pizza and steaks. We hand-cut the steaks here fresh daily.”
Tsamolias and his wife, Reveka, own the restaurant, located at 618 Commercial St. Also involved are the couple’s three boys, Harry, Niko and Dimitri, and Mrs. Tsamolias’ sister, Yiota.
“Pete’s offers home-cooked food in a family setting,” Mr. Tsamolias says. “Everything made here is made fresh.”
The menu includes dishes such as Pasticho, a Greek lasagna, along with other Greek-inspired options like a gyro platter, Mediterranean chicken dinner and a Greek gyro salad. The family is from Greece, and their heritage has influenced the restaurant’s cuisine.
There are more traditional options, including Buffalo chicken wings, mozzarella sticks and onion rings to get things started. The entrees offered include chicken fried chicken, cordon bleu and chicken Monterrey. The restaurant also offers meals for seafood, pasta and burger lovers. The prices range from $5.99 to $16.99.
Pete’s even offers lighter options.
“We started using kale about three months ago, because lettuce doesn’t have any protein,” Mr. Tsamolias says. “We came up with a spring mix, which has kale in it, offering more protein and vitamins.”
On the kid’s menu, to make it interesting the Tsamoliases decided to introduce a little bit of Greek culture into the mix. The menu is comprised of puzzles that feature tidbits on how the ancient Greeks developed the alphabet to a maze that allows kids to help free the Minotaur. Mrs. Tsamolias says she wants to bring more Greek culture not only to the restaurant but to the community as well.
The thing that separates Pete’s from other restaurants is the atmosphere.
“We’re known for our personality,” Mrs. Tsamolias says. “We don’t see our customers as customers — our customers are our extended family. Because of that most of our business is from guests who come back.”
The Tsamoliases say they don’t want newcomers to be frightened off by the signage. Often when people see steakhouse in the title they think the menu is pricey. The couple says the menu is familiar and that’s why they keep it around. They want to encourage passers-by to come in and check them out.
“We cater to people with dietary restrictions,” Mrs. Tsamolias says. “We do gluten-free pizzas and upon request we offer a gluten-free pasta.”
They recommend guests with dietary restrictions to call ahead, giving them time to come up with an alternative menu. Along with gluten-free options, vegan and vegetarian dishes also are offered.
At the holidays, the restaurant sticks with traditional fixings, with turkey and stuffing in observance of Thanksgiving, corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day and lamb to celebrate Easter.
For guests looking to celebrate those special events like birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers and wedding rehearsal dinners, Pete’s offers a banquet dining room to accommodate up to 120 guests. The menu offered in the dining area is similar to the regular menu, also offering a buffet option.
The restaurant is open 11 a.m to 9 p.m Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. On Friday, Pete’s offers a seafood buffet from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, there’s a brunch from 11 a.m to 2 p.m.