Petos Greek Cuisine: Where Family Tradition Meets a Delectable Dining Experience

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March/April 2024

Welcome to Petos Greek Cuisine, where the essence of family tradition intertwines with an exquisite dining adventure. Nestled in the heart of the Carmel community, Petos offers a culinary journey steeped in the rich flavors and heritage of Greece. With each dish crafted with care and authenticity, we invite you to savor the essence of Greek cuisine, perfected over generations. Join us and indulge in an unforgettable dining experience that celebrates both tradition and taste.

Petos Greek Cuisine

Steeped in Tradition and Authenticity

Petos Greek Cuisine is built upon a foundation of heritage and tradition. Its founders, Nermine Fanous and Alain Jesus Raphael, along with their daughter Patricia [Raphael], bring their diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences to their restaurant to the Arts & Design District in Carmel, Indiana.

Hailing from the vibrant cities of Cairo, Egypt, and Thessaloniki, Greece, respectively, Nermine, Alain and Patricia blend the rich tapestries of their origins to create a truly inspiring menu and dining experience.

Those who have frequented the Carmel Farmers Market in recent seasons may recognize the family, as they were well-known vendors offering tantalizing gyros and delectable baklava. Prior to the opening of their restaurant on Main Street in 2022, their culinary delights drew crowds eager to savor the authentic flavors and ingredients at both the local farmers market and the Carmel Christkindlmarkt. Their participation in the market not only showcased their passion for sharing their cultural heritage through food but also paved the way for the eventual establishment of their own eatery, where patrons could experience their delicious creations on a more permanent basis.

Savor the Flavors of Greece and Southern Europe

Patricia shared that all of Petos’ recipes are the family’s. Every baked good and prepared dish is made from scratch, with several of the ingredients imported from Greece. She emphasized the importance of authenticity along with her family’s desire for their guests to fully immerse themselves in Greek culture while feeling a sense of comfort.

“Our goal is to make people feel like they’re at home,” Patricia said. “There aren’t many [authentic] Greek restaurants [in the area], and we want people to feel like they’re experiencing a part of Greece … with the [interior] colors, décor, food and beverages, we try our best to create that for our guests. We [import] feta and other cheeses, olive oil, Fix beer and Mythos beer. We have mainly Greek wine, and we also have some French, German and Italian red and white wines. For beer, we have our main two: Fix and Mythos. People love these so much. They’re very refreshing, especially Mythos. We have a couple of Dutch and French beers, and they’re all very good.”

Petos Greek Cuisine offers a robust menu featuring myriad flavors and traditional Greek dishes at exceptional prices.

Among the array of dishes beloved by locals, familiar favorites include domadakia, succulent grape leaves stuffed with a flavorful blend of ground beef and rice, accompanied by refreshing tzatziki sauce. Also on offer are falafel, a crispy and satisfying choice, and spanakopita, a delightful phyllo pastry filled with creamy feta and spinach. For those craving a taste of tradition, the menu boasts classic gyros, available with chicken, lamb or pork. Patricia also revealed that their souvlaki chicken or pork, served on traditional skewers, and youvetsi, featuring tender lamb shank, are among the most sought-after dishes. Another must-try is the pastitsio, a mouthwatering medley of pasta, garlic-infused tomato sauce, and seasoned ground beef, all crowned with rich Béchamel sauce and Mizithra cheese—a signature Petos specialty.

Prepare for a showstopper that’s sure to elicit an enthusiastic “Opa!” from the entire restaurant: Petos’ saganaki. This beloved Greek dish is renowned for its mouthwatering blend of flavors and unforgettable presentation, which involves flamboyant flames dancing around the pan. Petos serves its saganaki with pita bread made from scratch.

Don’t forget to add Petos’ santorini to your dining rotation! This tantalizing dish features Greek spaghetti adorned with succulent shrimp, tender calamari, and plump mussels, all infused with Mediterranean flavors reminiscent of the picturesque island of Santorini.

Make sure to save room for dessert! Petos’ made-from-scratch assortment of baklava is truly remarkable, showcasing layers of flaky pastry enveloping a luscious filling of nuts and honey. Equally enticing are the loukoumades, delightful Greek donuts fried to golden perfection and drizzled with honey syrup. And don’t miss out on the bougatsa, a heavenly treat featuring delicate phyllo dough filled with creamy custard, dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon, and served piping hot. As you enter Petos, you’ll be greeted by a tempting display of baked goods, tempting diners to indulge in dessert after their meal or to take a delectable treat home for later.

“We have a lot of different baked goods,” Patricia said. “I would say our top two [desserts] that people love so much are the baklava. We have several flavors: dark chocolate, pistachio and we also have cheesecake baklava. We know a lot of people love cheesecake so it’s a combination of both, and it is just heaven for our customers.”

Patricia highlighted that Petos regularly updates its menu, refreshing it every week to two weeks to reflect the seasonal availability of specific ingredients. This dynamic approach allows their guests to continually explore new dishes and exciting flavor combinations, ensuring a consistently fresh and engaging dining experience.

Petos Greek Cuisine welcomes guests for lunch from Tuesday to Saturday, with service running from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. For dinner, service runs on weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on weekends from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reservations are gladly accepted and can be made by phone or through Petos’ convenient online booking system available on Google or their website at petosgreekcuisine.com. Be sure to follow Petos on Facebook @Petos and on Instagram @chezpetos. Kalí apólausi! Enjoy your meal!