- Where to
Skewers Wood Grill, a small dine in and take out restaurant on the corner of North and Main streets in Tewksbury. Owner Pantelias Karakatsanis opened the eatery in 2001; prior to that he owned Nick's Roast Beef & Pizza in Hudson, N.H., and Barbecue International in Methuen.
- What for
Fresh American and Mediterranean cuisine, all prepared in-house using many of Karakatsanis' family recipes. Seriously, you'd have a hard time not finding what you're looking for at Skewers -- Karakatsanis even made it a point to add his famed ribs and chicken from Barbecue International to his menu. Looking for something healthy? Order a stir fry or salad. Want to feed the whole family? Try one of five family-style meals, served complete with sides, salads and homemade cheese rolls. "Every time I go to change the menu I end up adding things instead of taking away," Karakatsanis said.
- The scene
Don't let the faded red and yellow sign on the building fool you; the interior of the restaurant is clean, casual and modern. Customers order at the counter, where they can watch their food be prepared. One section of the eatery is filled with hi-top tables, the other side seats 30 and boasts a play area for children complete with a hopscotch rug and a chalkboard. There is also outdoor seating for six, weather permitting.
- What you're eating
Skewers, of course. The restaurant offers skewers (lamb, chicken, steak, Cajun shrimp, salmon or swordfish) lined with fresh, colorful vegetables and served in pairs with a salad, choice of side and a homemade cheese roll. All of the skewer tips are cooked over a rotisserie and each type of meat is prepared with a unique marinade. And what would a Mediterranean eatery be without gyros? Served in warm fresh pita, the gyros are filled with the diner's choice of chicken, beef or lamb; or even a ground lamb and beef blend. Karakatsanis' menu also boasts 18 charcoal-grilled burgers, many bearing regional monikers.
- Who you'll see there
The small restaurant is well supported by the town, especially its families who stop in for weekly children's meal deals. The eatery also offers weekly specials for $6.95.
Skewers Wood Grill, 1060 Main St., Tewksbury, 978-863-0111, skewerswoodgrill.com. Open Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thurs.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, noon-8 p.m.