At Tinos Greek Cafe, brothers offer traditional Greek menu

 Platters are served with chicken, gyro meat or vegetables and sides.

Platters are served with chicken, gyro meat or vegetables and sides.

Image description
Tinos Greek Cafe
Image description
Tinos Greek Cafe
Image description
Tinos Greek Cafe
As one of the few Greek food options in South Austin, Tinos Greek Cafe aims to provide a unique menu while honoring Greek family traditions, its owners said.

Mahmoud Nouri, a co-owner and store manager, said he has been running the business’s Brodie Lane location since 2005. His brother, Jeff, oversees the restaurant’s four locations north of the Colorado River.

In 1997, Mahmoud left his home country of Iran and came to live with Jeff while Jeff was attending The University of Texas. Mahmoud, who went to school for interior design, came to Austin looking for a job. Because of the language barrier, he said communicating with employers was difficult.

Mahmoud then found himself helping at his brother’s downtown Austin Italian eatery, Al Capone’s Restaurant, which closed in 2008 after an influx of franchise businesses hurt the local business community, he said. About five years before, Jeff opened the first Tinos Greek Cafe at Hwy. 183 and Anderson Mill Road and was looking to open other locations.

Growing up tasting various homemade dishes in Iran, Mahmoud said the restaurant business came naturally to him.

“I was the guinea pig at home [in Iran] tasting rice and teas and all sorts of food,” he said. “Here I taste everything and add what is necessary for flavor.”

The food at Tinos is made fresh daily and served in a cafeteria-style setting, Mahmoud said. Greek dishes, including large portions of meats served alone or in a wrap with classic Greek sides such as hummus and steamed vegetables, are found throughout the menu.

“At a traditional Greek family meal, they will have a table filled with dozens of different dishes, and everyone eats and grabs what they want,” Mahmoud said. “That’s kind of what we are trying to do here. Our customers can look and order what they want based on what they see.”

With only one location in South Austin, Mahmoud said he and his brother hope to expand the business farther south and into San Marcos and San Antonio.

Greek food 101

What is gyro?
A traditional Greek dish made with lamb and beef cooked rotisserie-style and usually served with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes and onions and sprinkled with paprika; can be wrapped in pita bread or served on its own

What is a falafel?
A Middle Eastern-style deep-fried patty made from ground chickpeas and seasoned potatoes, falafels can be found wrapped in pita bread and served with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers or served as a side

What is tzatziki?
A Greek-style cucumber sauce that is traditionally served on top of grilled meats or used as a dip, tzatziki is made of yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and sometimes with vinegar or lemon

Tinos Greek Cafe
9901 Brodie Lane, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,
Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Cumby Group is planning development for three adjacent multifamily projects on Manor Road in East Austin, including The Emma apartments. (Courtesy Cumby Group)
3 years in, Austin is falling behind on goals in affordable housing plan

From 2018-20, the city only reached 12% of its 10-year goal to build thousands of new homes and rental units.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock; Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

The Austin Transit Partnership is exploring above- and below-ground options for a transit center at the East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley intersection. (Courtesy Austin Transit Partnership)
Project Connect plans to explore above-, below-ground options for East Riverside/Pleasant Valley Transit Center

After hosting a community design workshop, the group overseeing Project Connect designs is moving forward with options for both an underground and above-ground station at the intersection.

A calculator created by the Rocky Mountain Institute looks at the environmental impact of TxDOT's proposed designs for I-35 in Central Austin, one of the most congested roadways in the country. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofit's tool says TxDOT I-35 expansion proposals would have profound environmental consequences

The tool says that the proposal would create between 255 and 382 million additional vehicle miles traveled per year.

Photo of the Travis County administration building and sign
Travis County hears update on process to reassess master plan for aging correctional facilities

The process comes after county commissioners opted to pause all activities of the master plan over the summer.

A sold lot in the Cortaro development in Dripping Springs is under construction. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Housing market shows signs of stabilizing, but median prices in Southwest Austin area remain high

Hays County is growing fast and selling houses for more and more money, though the number of sales is down year over year, data show.

Rodeo stock image
Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo ready to open gates Oct. 21 after coronavirus delay

After the inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo was postponed in 2020, county and fair officials said they are excited to kick off the agricultural celebration.

Renderings of the conceptual tower were shown depicting a roughly 100-foot tower, but the intent is to build a smaller tower. A total of $2.43 million was given as an estimated cost for a 100-foot gravity tower, but presenters said the cost would scale down with a smaller tower. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Early concept for Frisco’s Northwest Community Park includes biking tower for ‘gravity riding’; Perky Beans Cafe now open in Leander, and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 20.

The future of West Austin's Lions Municipal Golf Course depends on the outcome of a city rezoning process and its landowner, The University of Texas. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
As Austin's rezoning of UT lands continues, time could be running out for Muny course preservation

The historic golf course's future remains unclear amid a city zoning process that could ease the land's redevelopment.

Austin Cultural Arts Division staff provided an update on several funding opportunities for the creative sector Oct. 18. (Screenshot via city of Austin)
Austin's arts community could be in line for millions more in relief dollars this year

Additional relief for artists may be available in the coming months, while a broader review of the city's cultural funding opportunities continues.

Photo of Evan Smith and Stephanie Elizalde
Austin ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde talks learning loss, enrollment in annual State of the District comments

Elizalde touched on lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic in a discussion that aired Oct. 19.