For Helen Tselentis and her husband, Theo, Cosmos Cafe is truly a labor of love. The couple used to run the fish fry at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
"People used to tell us all the time that we should open our own place," Helen said.
In 2009, after a lot of "coaxing and compliments" from friends and neighbors, they opened Cosmos Cafe.
Set back a bit from the hustle and bustle of North Avenue, Cosmos Cafe serves Greek and Mediterranean food that has become a favorite in Wauwatosa.
"Everything is fresh - cooked and hand-packed the minute you order it," she said.
The gyros ($5.50) and the fish fry ($9.50) are two signature menu items. Other favorites include the jerk chicken ($6.50) and the Mediterranean Ssalad ($7, or $9.50 with chicken). Tselentis also highlighted another item: "Our burgers ($5.50 to $6.50) rival the best burgers in town."
The entire Tselentis family takes part in the day-to-day operation of Cosmos Cafe, and Helen and her husband consider the restaurant one of their children.
"It's definitely been a learning process," she explained. "But it's been so fun to grow in this community. People come from all over the area - that makes us really proud. Running this restaurant is like watching our baby grow."
Like any proud parent, Helen Tselentis is happy to tell you what's great about her baby: "We don't scream that we're good, delicious and fresh food, but we are," she said. "Once you come through the doors, you're going to know that you didn't make a mistake."
NAME: Cosmos Cafe
ADDRESS: 7203 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa
FARE: Greek, Mediterranean
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
PRICE RANGE: $5 to $11.50
HANDICAPPED ACCESS: yes
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: Yes, please ask.
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