San Leandro Reviews
Luke's Grill is a cute neighborhood restaurant serving Italian and Greek food. Its one dining room is decorated with large murals of the Greek Islands, making it quite inviting. The food was never very good, but seems to have decreased in quality in the last few years. Unfortunately prices have also skyrocketed, increasing by 25 to 40% in the last 3 years. A New York Steak which was enjoyable at $12.50, is now ridiculously overpriced at $19.
The prices had kept us away for a couple of years, but we decided to give it another chance for lunch a Saturday in March 2005, when my parents were visiting us.
I ordered the chicken souvlaki on pita ($8), which had once been a favorite. This time the chunks of chicken were dry and the fresh onions and tomatoes a little too coarsely chopped. Mike had the gyros on pita ($8), the thin slices of beef and lamb were also dry and their flavor was overwhelmed by the tsaziki sauce (which was pretty good in itself). The accompanying fries were good, but the potato salad wasn't very flavorful.
My dad ordered the beefteki, a ground beef patty seasoned with herbs and spices and served with provolone and feta cheeses ($9). He liked it, but thought the only difference from a cheeseburger was that it was served on toasted french bread. My sister had a grilled cheese sandwich which was just that, plain cheese in bread. It was exactly what she wanted, but too expensive at $6.
Finally, my mom ordered the pastitsio ($14), a Greek lasagna with bechamel sauce, which like other dinners came with a choice of soup or salad. The salad was OK, but she wasn't awed by the simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. She enjoyed the lasagna quite a bit, though not enough to bring the leftovers home. It was a pretty generous portion.
Service was very good and the wait-staff was quite attentive. Still, I don't think we'll be rushing back to Luke's Grill any time soon.
Luke's Grill Restaurant
1509 East 14th St.