133 North Main Street, in the JC Penney Shopping Center, St. Albans 752-4949
When I travel, I envision what might lie inside all the mom-and-pop eateries I pass. It makes me sad that I will never try most of them, because I fear they might be something like Betty's.
Then there's the titular beef – juicy top sirloin sliced thin and piled high on a kaiser roll. Owner Betty Lambesis says the sandwich – available as Junior Beef, Regular Beef or Big Beef – is based on a regional Massachusetts specialty popularized by a small chain called Bob's Roast Beef. Betty's and Bob's sandwiches also share a recipe for a vinegar and tomato-based barbecue sauce which takes the pile of meat from homemade Arby's to something far grander.
Probably the coolest specialty at Betty's however, is the small Greek menu. There's spanakopita and desserts like baklava and kataifi in the bakery case. I recommend the chicken souvlaki platter. A hot pita is spread with tzatziki sauce and filled with two chicken skewers, marinated in an addictively citric sauce. A Greek salad replete with chunks of feta shares plate space with both fries and onion rings. The whole platter is $8.95 – leaving you with money for some kataifi.