Greek Belly is bringing Mediterranean flavor to downtown Springfield, Missouri. The fast-casual spot opened this month; owner John Tsahiridis has a background rooted in traditional Greek grub.
In Springfield, he spent more than 12 years at Galloway Station, notably at the restaurant's popular Greek night. “After all those years, I realized I wanted to do more – more Greek food, more authentic, more traditional. I didn't want to settle for anything less,” Tsahiridis says.
At Greek Belly, his menu focuses on fresh flavors with nearly every item either made from scratch or imported from Greece. Gyros are a customer favorite, made with pork or chicken marinated overnight and freshly carved. In a space inspired by old Greece, diners can enjoy a variety of spreads like hummus, melitzanosalata (roasted eggplant) and tirokafteri (spicy Feta), plus traditional dishes including souvlaki and baklava. To wash it all down, Tsahiridis offers Greek beer, Greek wine and Greek ouzo. Opa!
Greek Belly, 320 E. Walnut St., 417.597.3382, Springfield, Missouri, greekbelly.com