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  • Lauren from the South May 14, 2006 07:40 PM

I read through the postings below about Middle Eastern but I am looking for great Greek restaurants in the Seattle/West Seattle area.

I know Tom Douglas has a great Greek-inspired place; any other suggestions?

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  1. Panos Kleftiko is a fun experience. It's intimate, slightly wacky (often closed when Panos is off "Greeking, finshing, and drinking...") and tasty. Get the baked olives...

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    1. re: mr.nelso

      "fishing"...

    2. Porta on Virginia between 1st and 2nd. It's very good. I like it much better than Lola.

      Link: http://www.portabythemarket.com/

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      1. re: Grace

        I second the rec. for Porta. I love this restaurant. I think it's much better than Lola and your wallet will be a bit heavier. You have to try the greek sausage dish. Also, don't miss the homemade baklava ice cream.

        1. re: Grace

          Porta is now "Marianna's by the Market" -- same delicious, affordable menu, same decor, same witty Demetri. 113 Virginia St Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 374-1301.

          I love the Feta Hamos dip (feta with mint topped by a black cherry reduction!). Also the pork sausages, the giant baked beans (yigantes), the mac-and-cheese and any lamb dish are delicious. And, of course, save room for the baklava ice-cream!

        2. i have always been more than happy with the food and atmosphere at georgia's on 85th street several blocks west of greenwood. breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, many vegetarian options and as authentic as possible this far from the aegean. some nights they have live music. the pastries and side dishes are especially good and, to gild the lily, everything is very moderate in price.

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          1. re: howard

            I love Georgia's. If you like eggplant, you have to try the melitzanosalata as an app. I order it every time I go, and sometimes take extra home for a midnight snack. I've yet to order something that hasn't been really good. Plus, the prices are great.

            1. re: kkbriggs

              Having seen this post, I attempted a dinner at Georgia's last night, but they had closed at 9. We proceeded to Panos Kleftiko, and had a very good experience with the appetizers. The roast eggplant melitzanosalata was bright with cumin seeds and vinegar. The stand-out was the special, marinated grilled calamari over skordalia with balsamic reduction, arugula and beets. A harmonious meld of rustic and haute cuisine elements, with the skordalia fluffy and less acidic than other versions I've had. Couldn't tell if the hot pita was made there, but if not it was much better than standard supermarket brands. My only complaint was the $7.50 charge for a dozen baked olives, which is a bit silly despite the quality. Good atmosphere with kitschy but thoughtful decor and photos that make one long for a month of Aegean island hopping. Overall, well worth a return.

              1. re: equinoise

                I like Panos and their pitas, but don't believe they make them themselves.

          2. I love Vios on 19th and Aloha. It is explicitly kid-friendly and in the evenings families tend to go so that is something to bear in mind if you're looking for a more quiet and intimate dining experience.

            Panos Kleftikos specializes in Greek tapas. My most recent trip (about 3-4 months ago) my squid was not as fresh as I would have liked, so I haven't been back. There is usually a long wait at Panos Kleftikos so if you go, get there early or late.

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            1. re: Susu

              I adore Vios. Everything about it. It is a true neighborhood family-style restaurant. Service is excellent.

              I also like Panos Kleftikos-- but it's been a while.

            2. I too like Panos for its Greek tapas. The pita bread there is above average, and the vegetarian tapas selections are excellent (with the exception of the phyllo pastries, where you can do better elsewhere), as are the meatballs and sausage selections. The giant butter beans are my favorites.

              1. we just tried olive you on 85th and greenwood and it was great! i can't comment on authenticity but all of the flavors were simple and fresh. we had a meze platter that we finished off in about 5 minutes it was so good. we also had the giant bean salad and a lamb dish and they were both excellent. the server treated us like we were regulars and the owner told us to be sure to come back for breakfast that they are starting in Nov. it was a fun and tasty experience and i will be back!

                1. Porta is the BEST! I honestly don't go to other greek restaurants anymore. Go there! Ask if they have Baklava Ice Cream - Wow!

                  1. I've never tried Georgia's, but I used to like Panos until I found out that if you order the wrong things, the food can be awful. I think the mezes are better at Olive You, and the main dishes better at Yanni's, also on Greenwood, not far from Olive You. Beware the service at Yanni's, though, which can be slow. The portions are immense. I particularly liked the chicken souvlaki and the butter beans in tomato sauce.

                    1. I like Byzantium on Broadway. Not sure how legit it is but it's darn tasty and the people-watching is second to none.