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ON THE MENU: From Wallingford to North Haven, family-run Adelphia Cafe serves up tradition with a twist

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NORTH HAVEN — Traditional Greek dishes such as baked moussaka are served along with American diner fare at Adelphia Cafe on Washington Avenue.

“It’s very family oriented in here,” said Tim Kyriakis, co-owner of the family-run restaurant. 

Members of the Kyriakis family can be found daily waiting tables, restocking the front case with fresh-baked goods and talking to longtime customers who followed Kyriakis’ parents, Chris and Maria Kyriakis, from their former Wallingford restaurant — Neptune House Restaurant & Diner.

“(Customers) were sad when we retired and now they’re happy we’re in business again,” said Maria Kyriakis.

Remnants of the nautical-themed Neptune restaurant, which closed in 2013, are scattered throughout Adelphia, which opened in 2015. Model ships and captain wheels adorn the walls and shelves, along with pictures of the sea and Greece.

Adding to the variety of decor is a vintage gold cash register displayed on a table next to the daily specials board.

“We give them good food, good service,” said Chris Kyriakis. 

Like Neptune, everything is made in house at Adelphia, including sausage, pickled peppers, and sauces, as well as a variety of cakes, cookies and pastries.

“It’s daily,” Tim Kyriakis said of the process.

Everything from Greek baklava to New York-style cheesecake is offered in the bakery case.

“We do all the traditional stuff and put twists on others,” Tim Kyriakis said of the menu.

A popular item is the Greek salad, which consists of mixed greens, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese topped with special Greek dressing.

Other often-requested items include wild salmon stuffed with feta cheese and spinach.

On Wednesday, Tim Kyriakis tossed together fried calamari and sauteed vegetables, including peppers, which are canned in-house.

“We try to do a lot of specials at night,” he said.

The restaurant also offers typical diner fare like breakfast items, sandwiches and burgers.

“We pride ourselves in that everything is made in house,” Tim Kyriakis said. “It’s fresh.”

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