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Cosmos Café’s Mediterranean on the Quick

New dining addition to Wauwatosa’s North Avenue

Jan. 6, 2010
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Another eatery opened its doors on North Avenue in East Tosa in November, joining Daymaker Café and Café Hollander as Wauwatosa's newest restaurants. The a la carte menu at Cosmos Café features a balance of traditional Greek and American cuisine, with a couple of international items representing the flavors of other cultures. Theo and Helen Tselentis, who ran the fish fry at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa from 1999 through November 2009, own the quick-service café.

At Cosmos, breakfast is served all day, every day. Options include omelets, pancakes, French toast and other American standards as well as Greek yoghurt with walnuts and honey (a simple Greek delight that doubles as a dessert). Prices range from $3 to $6.50. Lunch and dinner offerings range in price from $4 to $6.50 and include specialty burgers and sandwiches, soups and salads, and several Greek appetizers that could also serve as vegetarian meals, from spanakopita (spinach pie) to saganaki (pan-seared sheep milk cheese) and flavorful falafel served with tahini sauce. The Mediterranean salad is a hearty blend of mixed greens tossed with a garlicky olive oil dressing and strewn with Greek olives, chunks of feta cheese and sliced bell peppers.

Specialty burgers include the "Cosmos Classic Hamburger," the "Caribbean Burger" (served with hot chilies, onions, sweet and savory spices, and a chipotle-mayo dressing) and a "Greek Burger" of lamb and beef topped with feta cheese, tomatoes and Greek seasonings. Chicken and fish sandwiches, patty melts and gyros (loaded with fresh toppings and smothered in a savory yogurt sauce) are also available. Regulars at the Tselentis family's St. Connie's fish fry will be happy to know that their popular neighborhood fish fry will continue on Friday nights at Cosmos for $9.

The dessert menu features Greek pastries like baklava (baked with layers of honey-soaked phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts) and kourabiethes (almond butter cookies dusted heavily with powdered sugar) as well as rice pudding.

Dine in at Cosmos and you may find yourself rubbing elbows with those seated nearby—especially during a breakfast or lunch rush. The accommodations are tight, with a handful of tables, chairs and church pews and a sizable counter with bar stools squeezed into the modest space. Those who disdain crowding should order carryout food. Others will enjoy the warm, rustic Mediterranean décor that makes the place feel more like your friend's dining room than a diminutive diner. n

Cosmos Cafe

7203W. North Ave.,



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