A new-found friend asked us last week about our Thanksgiving plans. The question brought reminiscences of last year’s feast of ham and veggies and our first fried turkey. I really did want to get the fryer out again. Reality, however, found us not planning a menu, but planning an escape. We were pleased to see that Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro, one of our favorite lunch places, would be offering Thanksgiving lunch.
Yia yia is Greek for grandmother. Yia Yia’s menu calls their food a mix of European ideas with “everything you ever loved about eating at Grandma’s”. We have had wonderfully creative comfort food at Yia Yia’s.
We have had great appetizers, potato gnocchi with roasted chicken on our first visit and polenta with duck confit on another trip. We have had excellent sandwiches. Squirrelly, Jr., absolutely loved the fontina cheeseburger. Mama Squirrel and I have shared the turkey with bacon and avocado and the grilled chicken with bacon and avocado aioli. We have had the salmon and the trout which come served with your choice of two excellent sauces.
We haven’t been to Yia Yia’s since their chef, Ben Vaughn, left for River Oaks this summer, but given our good experiences in the past, we were looking forward to putting our Thanksgiving in the hands of the folks at Yia Yia’s. After all, we literally were having Thanksgiving at Grandmother’s.
Honestly, a buffet for a huge crowd isn’t a fair test for a restaurant. The huge crush of people at the hostess stand didn’t look promising. Nonetheless, we were seated exactly at our reservation time. Everything on the buffet was quite well prepared. Turkey, ham and salmon, two kinds of dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy. Green beans, turnip greens, and sweet potatoes. Pecan pie, sweet potato pie, chocolate cake. Sentence fragments and all that good holiday stuff.
Maybe a busy holiday buffet is a fair test. If the kitchen and front of house can pull off Thanksgiving so well, I’m sure they will still be doing a great job when we return for another lunch.
Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro — Closed
7615 Farmington Boulevard
Germantown, Tennessee 38138