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The Passion Of Souvlaki George

Posted by MP / March 22, 2007

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With his first restaurant opening nearly 20 years ago, it’s hard to imagine being able to keep a passion for souvlaki burning for that long, but if anybody can do it, George can. When I asked him for the secret of his success, he told me that destiny and passion were the branches that grew from his tree.

Or something like that anyway.

It was all kind of a blur. Our food had arrived and I was in the middle of trying to look cool as I photographed my supper. Ignoring the sideways glances of the people at the table next to us. Then, suddenly, my wife pointed out that the man standing in the corner, putting on his coat was THE George. So I abruptly stopped him as he was walking toward the door and blurted out something about writing a review for a blog (there’s got to be a better way to describe Midnight Poutine) and asked if he had time to answer a few questions. Questions I had not prepared in advance, and so the first thing I thought to ask was the cliché, “What’s the secret of your success?” By the time he finished his answer I had missed most of what he said while fumbling for my note pad. I deserve a raise. Or a hat. Yes, I would like a Midnight Poutine hat please.

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So I may not really understand what makes the man tick, but I do understand that he makes damn good souvlaki. This is a known fact throughout Montreal, and there’s little need for me to go into many details about it here. Sufficed to say that his thick and chewy pita bread, and his rich, creamy tzatziki sauce put Souvlaki George at the top of Montreal’s list of fast food favourites. Stick with the basics when ordering and you’re guaranteed a cheap and tasty meal.

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Souvlaki George:

6995 Monkland (NDG)
514-482-0040

4006 Saint-Catherine (Westmount)
514-788-5050

5177 Decarie (Snowdon)
514-485-9999

Plus three more opening soon in Verdun, Laval, and Lasalle.

Discussion

8 Comments

Allen / March 22, 2007 at 09:32 am
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Great food. Great value. The restaurant business doesn't have to be complicated.

I miss the old location on Atwater. Classic hole in the wall. But I understand success you gotta move on up!

I swear I never even know there was a real George until I read this. And I must have eaten hundreds of his gyros. Weird.
phil / March 22, 2007 at 10:16 am
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best thing about this place is the pita.. they grill it or something.. so it is warm and chewy.
Nice photos!
Anne-Marie Spin le Monde / March 24, 2007 at 06:30 pm
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Their Vegetarian Souvlaki is delicious and they are fast on delivery. Georges is like my mother, it brings me delicious and healthy food. Much love to you!
Jeffl / September 2, 2007 at 09:59 pm
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Excellent food. Hits the spot. My favorite is the chicken pita, fries, and rice.
At work, home, and pick-up
pauline / February 24, 2008 at 08:05 pm
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i love the food at Souvlaki George, and i must say George is a cutie too. love you George. where is the one in Verdun going to be . i can go more often when it there .
Irv / March 22, 2011 at 01:29 am
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There is now a new web site for souvlaki george on line. You can also follow them on Twitter for a Tweet special or visit their blog for weekly specials.

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