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dcooke Jan 9, 2007 02:51 AM

Does anyone have a recommendation for good Greek food anywhere in metro Phoenix? Doesn't have to be fancy, just good. Please don't say "My Big Fat Greek Restaurant." It's OK but not what we're looking for. Thanks. Doug

  1. Seth Chadwick Jan 9, 2007 03:04 AM

    My recommendation is Greektown on 7th Street near Hatcher in North Phoenix. It is an old Pizza Hut building converted into a great Greek restaurant.

    I highly recommend the Saganaki and the Gyros. But I have yet to have a bad meal there. The service is fun and engaging.

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    1. re: Seth Chadwick
      dcooke Jan 10, 2007 05:21 AM

      Thanks everyone for the advice. It sounds nearly unanimous for Greektown and Golden Greek. Since we're planning to be in Glendale Saturday we'll probably try G.G. first and Greektown in the not too distant future.

    2. johnseberg Jan 9, 2007 03:10 AM

      I took my parents to Greektown on Saturday night, and we were very happy with our meal. We shared a Calamari app. Mom had Roast Lamb, Dad had Veal Greektown, and I had Capama (another Lamb dish). All meals included soup and salad. With tax and tip, the bill was about $65. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, much nicer inside, friendly staff.



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        hzp Jan 9, 2007 03:35 AM

        greektown. totally. and personally, i avoid greekfest and olympic flame like the plague. Also, try the Golden Greek on 35th.. they're amazing.

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        1. re: hzp
          Seth Chadwick Jan 9, 2007 03:59 AM

          Greekfest is just so expensive for what you get and the food is inconsistent. It is not far from me, but I always felt I needed a second mortgage to afford dinner for four.

          And you are right about Golden Greek. I love the place.

        2. silverbear Jan 9, 2007 09:28 AM

          In another thread, I believe you stated that you live in East Mesa. Have you ever tried this place:

          Daphne's Greek Cafe
          3510 Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ
          (480) 558-1517

          I've never been, but I noticed it a few weeks ago when driving back into Phoenix after a hike in the Goldfield Mountains. The construction on 60 forced me to take Baseline instead and I noticed it on the north side of the street at the intersection with Val Vista. I was in a hurry to get somewhere and didn't have time to stop in, but it looked intriguing.

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          1. re: silverbear
            ziggylu Jan 9, 2007 02:42 PM

            Daphne's seems to be a chain with locations springing up all over the place recently(one in Ocotillo, one going in the new Whole Foods Plaza in CHandler, one in Scottdale). I think they're based out of CA.

            Haven't been so don't know if it's any good.

            1. re: ziggylu
              silverbear Jan 9, 2007 03:49 PM

              You're right. It does appear to be a chain:


              Still, it looks less hokey than MBFGR and perhaps worth a try.

            2. re: silverbear
              dcooke Jan 10, 2007 05:15 AM

              Yes we have and it wasn't too bad actually. It's casual. You order at the counter and they bring your meal to you. You get your own drinks. It reminds me of a better than average Greek outlet at a food court.

            3. twodogs Jan 9, 2007 01:38 PM

              The Golden Greek gets my vote !!

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              1. re: twodogs
                kittyfood Jan 10, 2007 12:32 AM

                We also like Golden Greek; very homey comfort food, very reasonably priced.

              2. pgerding Jan 11, 2007 09:08 PM

                Greek Patio, in the center behind Wendy's at 7th Street and Greenway (NW corner) is good. It's our standard and closet one. Their gyros are always good, the felafel too. Avoid the baklava - not very interesting, too much honey. Staff is nice and friendly and they do pretty quick take away.

                I'm anxious to go over the hill and try Greek Town on 7th Street - one of those I drive by occassionally and say to my wife "we have to try that!"

                1. HomeCookKirsten Jan 11, 2007 09:11 PM

                  Yes, I like Greek Patio. My parents used to live nearby. I unfortunately ate there right after having my tonsils out, so can't say I enjoyed a lot of food or anything remotely spicy, but my parents ate there a lot before they moved to Ahwatukee and really liked it.

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