Yianni Siganos isn’t as quite as his surname denotes, judging by his success in the restaurant business. Yianni, in the eight years of his career, has acquired not one, not two, but three shops, as he notes on his cards, three great locations to serve you. The locations are in resort towns, one in Brigantine and two in Ocean City, one on Asbury Avenue and one at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. They’re open year-round and feature, as per Siganos, “the best bagels at the shore since 1996.” This last claim is made because his bagels have the most exotic flavors you can ask for, such as jalapeno pepper, chocolate chip, and trail mix, to mention a few.
YIANNI’S CAFE features lots of Greek specialties, such as the pikilia, which combines spinach pie, artichoke hearts, stuffed grape leaves, feta cheese, olives, meatballs, tzatziki, hummus, tomato, and pita bread; all types of gyro (beef or chicken); traditional moussaka; Yianni’s signature lamb chops; chicken souvlaki platter and beef kebob platters; and a number of salads including the Greek salad. Yianni uses only extra-virgin olive oil from his olive trees on the island of Crete. For appetizers it features calamari coconut shrimp and mini crab cakes, but you can have soup any time, eggs and omelets and breakfast combos in the morning, dinner seafood comb0s like New York steak & shrimp, quesadillas including the veggie variety, wraps, melts, and reubens. There’s crab cakes Santorini, which is one of the platters that comes with a cup of soup or choice of salad.
Yianni’s wife, Peggy, takes an active part in the business by preparing salads and performing other important duties in the operation of the stores. His two daughters, Penelope and Eleni, are away at college in the winter months, but in the summer they always contribute in the functions of the family business.