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Oct 10, 2006 01:20 AM

Great Greek Food in Dallas?

I was wondering where the best Greek food in Dallas could be found? I often have a hankering for this but don't always have the time to make it myself. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. My favorite is Zorba's in Plano. It's Chicago-style Greek (think flaming Saganaki), with passable Moussaka and Pastitsio, and good gyros and fries. I am told the Baklava is good, too.

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    1. re: Kirk

      Thanks for the recommendation, I tried Zorba's out on saturday.

      Only qualm I had was their policy on check splitting and sharing, otherwise, great place!

        1. re: Kirk

          They add a $3 charge if you want to share a dish, and they don't split checks.

          1. re: air

            So order one dish and just share the plate (and not have them split it), have one person pay, and you settle with that person later. Of will Zorba charge you for that as well?


      1. re: Kirk

        We went to Zorba's last night for the first time. Their Moussaka is NOT passable. I hardly ate it and brought it home so that I can add my own sauce to make it edible! If they can't make Moussaka (or Pastitisio) right, what other Greek dishes can they make right?! My companion also had a disappointing chicken dish.

        No, Baklava is one of the worst we've ever had. As soon as you have a bite, you can tell it's not homemade. And they have the nerver to charge over $3/pc! (Better homemade baklavas are available for less than $3 at Middle Eastern restaurants in Dallas.)

        Also, they charged us for extra pita bread without warning! I've been to numerous Greek restaurants in CA, FL and Greece (and even more Middle Eastern restaurants) and Zorba's is the ONLY restaurant that charged for extra pita!!!

        To be fair, their appetizer (trio of hummus, eggplant and caviar) was very good (though their hummus isn't the best).

        I really hope Zorba's isn't the best (or one of the best) Greek restaurants in Dallas. If so, we are too scared to try other Greek restaurants here...

        1. re: kuidaore

          Yikes, this sounds horrible and I guess you can't write it off to a bad night in the kitchen either.

          Some people will criticize this statement, but with a few Asian and quasi-French exceptions, there are not a lot of mainstream, real-deal destination ethnic restaurants in the Dallas area. I would be hard pressed to recommend an exceptional Dallas ethnic restaurant from these areas: Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Russia, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and India.

          Having said that, I would cautiously recommend Ziziki's on Travis for Greek food but it's still not going to be what you will find in the big cities.

          1. re: Scagnetti

            Where would you find a Scandinavian restaurant in the Dallas area?

            Black Forest Cafe is a really good German restaurant.

            1. re: Shalley

              I don't know of a Scandinavian restaurant in Dallas. Why, are you in the mood for some lute fisk or lapskaus?

              Black Forest, like Kuby's, is mediocre at best. Their wursts are no different than a lot of other places and the sides (potatoes, sauerkraut, red beets, etc.) are bland. I've eaten in both places many times when I needed my Teutonic food fix.

              Black Forest used to be a lot better when it was run by the original owners who I think were Austrian.

              1. re: Shalley

                Not a restaurant, but have you been here?
                It is a neat little Norweigan shop in Plano.

              2. re: Scagnetti

                I completely agree. I moved to Dallas recently having previously lived in numerous other large cities. This city's ethnic restaurants are not only rare, but rarely any good. Its hard enough to find a decent pizza much less middle eastern, Jamaican, Ethiopian, etc.

                I've really had to step up my game in terms of home cooking to satisfy my cravings.

          2. Zorba's is also my favorite. It's BYOB ($2.50 corking fee) and there's a wine store two doors down.

            Try the galaktoboureko for dessert, yum!

            1. I've always enjoyed Ziziki's on Travis. It's a little pricey but the food is good and it is a family run restaurant. I always try and support these kinds of places.

              I haven't been to Papou's Greek Kitchen and Taverna on Abrams but I have heard good things about it. This is the place that is a coffee shop by day (Legal Grounds) and a restaurant at night.

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              1. re: Scagnetti

                I also enjoy Ziziki's on Travis. The food is good. I enjoyed the souvlaki. I haven't found a superb Greek restaurant in Dallas yet, but Ziziki's food is good.

                Papou's, on the other hand was a disaster. My wife (Greek) and I went out of our way to try it, but she couldn't finish her meal. I had the Moussaka, It didn't taste like any Moussaka (Greek or Turkish) that I have ever eaten. I finished it but it was an effort. I would really like to know the village that these people originate from in Greece because in the fifteen years I lived in Greece I have never tasted Greek food that tasted like this -- leave it as a coffe shop.

                1. re: rosco

                  We finally tried Papou's as well and were disappointed. Both the food and the service were mediocre.

                  Don't ask me what I ate, it left no impression on me.

                  1. re: rosco

                    I would have to agree that Papou's is an absolute disaster. My wife is, also, Greek and as much as we enjoy going out we had to leave this meal prior to reaching the finish line. Most of the items tasted as if they were prepared during the week prior, frozen, and then microwaved just prior to serving time. The spinach had the fresh essence of tin, etc. The owners claim that the recipes were passed on through two respective sides of Greek ancestry. What a joke. And to be fair - legal grounds is a fantastic morning neighborhood gathering spot.

                    1. re: rosco

                      I agree that Ziziki's is a great place for ambience and some of their dishes were pretty good (Sea Bass was excellent) but the authenticity of the fare is wanting badly. For example, the xwriatiki (Greek Salad) has lettuce and thousand island dressing. Essentially it was a side salad with Feta. They also serve Spanakopita as an entree which is insanely absurd, and there was no way I was about to order Souvlaki (the equivalent of a hamburger here in Greece) at such a nice place. I really dont know where you will find a great Greek restaraunt in Dallas. The Greek diaspora is too small to warrant an authentic establishment. I recommend you go to one of the few Greek Orthodox Churches for one of their name-day celebrations for their pot luck banquets. The music and fare will be as close as you can get.

                    2. re: Scagnetti

                      you have obviously never been to Sparta

                    3. Ali Baba's on preston road is very good it is north of frankford and south of george bush on the west side. The Opa grill at Preston and LBJ is good also, by day it is a diner and at night it is a greek restuarant. The Greek Cafe same shopping center as Opa is a very good buffet that has a wide variety and good pita.

                      I always thought Ziziki's was way overrated, but that is just me.

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                      1. re: Dean K.

                        Is that the Charlie's Opa Grill in the same place as India Palace on Preston, just south of 635?


                        1. re: Dean K.

                          I just ate at Greek Cafe today for lunch - first time there. I thought I would check out their buffet. Not only was their food on the lower-end of mediocre, they had buffalo wings on their buffet. It's not what I would consider completely authentic, obviously.

                          1. re: Dean K.

                            I personally love Ali Baba's on Preston, but don't consider it to be Greek food...For Greek, the only place that I have been in Dallas, that I think is consistently good, is Ziziki's...both the one of Travis and the one on Preston and Forest...They do lamb really well..Their potatoes are wonderful, and overall it is a really good dining experience...Having said that, I don't think that we actually have any GREAT Greek food in Dallas, but this is as close as it comes...

                            1. re: Dean K.

                              The Greek Cafe is the one greek restaurant I go to over and over again. I don't know how authentic it is but it's always been very good. I've never seen chicken wings on their buffet.

                              There is a great grocery store on Beltline east of Preston behind the Bally's and next to the Stein Mart that has a little restaurant section. They have really good food as well.

                              1. re: Shalley

                                I, too, go to the Greek Cafe at least once a week. The food is always fresh,the service is friendly and fast and the prices are very good to boot. You can order off the menu or enjoy their wonderful buffet. I always go for the buffet, because of the quality and great variety of dishes. I love it.

                            2. Gotta disagree with you on that particular Ali Baba. It's more Middle Eastern than Greek, in any event. Last time I was there, I ordered the lamb chop "special" and they were dished up grey ... as if done in a frying pan rather than on a grill or a broiler.

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                              1. re: Kirk

                                I agree -- Ali Baba's is a Middle Eastern restaurant rather than a Greek restaurant. For Middle Eastern food I am fond of Fadi's Mediterranean Grill on Knox. It has real Shawrma. I am also fond of Cafe Istanbul on Lover's Lane. This is a "real" Turkish restaurant. The Moussaka at Cafe istanbul is better than that at Papou's.

                                1. re: rosco

                                  I live by Fadi's and eat there a decent amount more for convenience than anything else. Their shawarma isn't terribly good (the last time I had it, it was downright awful, but its been ok in the past). Better than others I've had in Dallas, but that isn't saying much. I'd be reluctant to actually recommend that people go out of their way to eat there.