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The Hellenic in East Marion. (Photo credit: Doug Young)

Much like the annual shadow of the groundhog, Hellenic in East Marion acts as the North Fork’s seasonal harbinger. The moment the “open” sign lights up in the window in February, East Enders know warmer weather is just around the corner.

In nearly 50 years, the restaurant has transformed from a tiny roadside snack bar to one of only a handful of legacy restaurants left on the North Fork. Its owner, George Giannaris, and his family have quietly carved a path full of fresh ingredients and amiable service, all the while acting as champions of the surrounding vineyards and farms. 

Listen to the “Hellenic Snack Bar: The little snack bar that could” with writer and special guest Lilly Parnell on the latest Northforker Stories podcast.