When Fred Guerrero, the affable son of chef Andre Guerrero who owns Slow Culture Gallery with brother Max in Highland Park, e-mailed to share his affinity for the young owners of Alexander’s Greek Kitchen, it was inevitable I’d head to Vernon for lunch. He wrote, “They’re just a couple of punk rock kids who grew up in the business, and decided to open a place 100% on their own terms.”
When I stopped by the spot with only three tables in a Vernon strip mall, brothers Alexander and Konstantin Sotirhos were working up front, and parents Kostas and Karen were cooking behind them in a tiny kitchen. The couple previously worked in food distribution in the neighborhood before the Whittier-based family joined forces on the lunch-only restaurant, which isn’t exactly punk rock, but does have loud music, great energy, and flavorful food.
I was particularly enamored with the Pork Gyro ($11), which spins on one of three spits. The Sotirhos family stacks sliced shoulder meat, which they season with oregano, salt and pepper. The meat becomes crusty, blistered and pleasantly chewy. The pork was particularly good on a bed of tangy oven-roasted potatoes, which soak up the jus. Each plate also comes with pliable pita, tzatziki, and a bowl of Greek salad drizzled with 1000-island style dressing.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.