I started my life in a different era, I was born in 1954. It was a different world then. Families ate home more often than not, and going to a restaurant was reserved for holidays and special events. I grew up in a traditional Greek household where my mother would cook morning, noon, and night. I can remember many a time waking up at 7:00 a.m. to find my mother cooking away because we were having company for dinner. However, rather than cook the traditional foods of the time, she was cooking authentic Greek dishes. When a friend would stay for dinner I would beg my mother to please make some "normal food". We ate feta cheese when everyone else was having American and Swiss. We ate Moussaka when Meatloaf was more the norm. We ate Greek olives when everyone else was eating California olives out of a can. A friend of the family had olive trees in Greece and each year after the harvest he would bring us back this really green looking oil that tasted really strange. Today we call it Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Looking back on it, my mothers cooking was so much more than what is offered at Greek restaurants in Mercer County today.
Today people eat out more than ever before, and the Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world. The foods my mother prepared for us back then are now mainstream today. I would even say that some of the foods my mother prepared might even be considered gourmet by today's standards. Who knew? My mother would always use fresh ingredients never canned and frozen. Today, we would say she was cooking "healthy" but back then she was cooking the only way she knew how. We do our best to continue my mothers tradition by making Erini more than just one of the best Greek restaurants Mercer County NJ has to offer.
My mother has since passed, however; her memory will live forever. She was a wonderful cook who loved to entertain her friends and family. My son Nick and I hope to accomplish at Erini, what my mother created in our home, growing up. It is our purpose to make you feel welcome and ensure that you will leave with a memorable experience. We want to honor my mother by providing great food that she would be proud to serve. That's why we, at Erini, strive to be more than one of the best Greek restaurants in Mercer County NJ. In honor of our wonderful memories, we decided to simply name our restaurant after my mother - ERINI.
Join us for lunch or dinner and let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable at Erini, more than just one of the best Greek restaurants in Mercer County New Jersey.
- Chris, Dori and Nick Fifis