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Good Greek in Denver?

margemayhem Nov 4, 2008 12:07 PM

It seems like Greek food is not very common in Denver and most places I've tried have not been good. Does anyone have any recommendations for Greek restaurants in the Denver area?


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    Pampatz Nov 4, 2008 01:03 PM

    On Colfax between about the 2700 and 2900 blocks east is Greektown. There are several good family-owned restaurants in that area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We love Pete's Gyros Place for weekend breakfasts. Another good Pete's restaurant is Central I at South Pearl and Alameda.

    On Monaco south of Leetsdale is the Monaco Inn for lunch and dinner. Their avgolemo soup is great and my daughter loves their Greek lemon chicken and lamb ribs. They serve American food also and DH loves the liver and onions.

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    1. re: Pampatz
      ClaireWalter Nov 5, 2008 05:55 AM

      "The Gyro's Journey," a guide to ethnic eating in Denver & Vic., lissts Diana's Greek Market Deli (1035 Lincoln, casual eat-in or take-out) and Yanni's (2223 South Monaco), a restaurant that recalls a Greek taverna. I haven't been to either, but I trust the authors.

      1. re: ClaireWalter
        tatamagouche Nov 6, 2008 06:43 AM

        Ditto to both; also, there've been 2 recent threads on this topic (a link to the other is found in this one):


        1. re: ClaireWalter
          bongomama Nov 8, 2008 06:43 AM

          Sadly, Diana's has been recently sold and its not the same.
          Another Greektown treasure on Colfax is Omonia Bakery. Bakalava, powdery wedding cookies, anise biscotti, spanakopita and kataifi... too many goodies to mention. The owner will make you a thick greek coffee so you can sit with your treats there, but I'd rather get a box of goodies and be a glutton in private.

      2. aledm Nov 8, 2008 08:00 AM

        We have had very good Greek sweets from My Big Fat Greek Cafe, 560 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209, Tel. 3030-777-2391, web: www.mybigfatgreekcafe.com. If you try the mains, please tell us whether they are good.

        1. DriverPhil Nov 8, 2008 02:03 PM

          We like Yanni's at 2223 S Monaco Pkwy.

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            Heyteacher Nov 8, 2008 04:46 PM

            I love Greek food and have been to many in the metro area....my absolute favorite is The Athenian at Iliff and Chambers in Aurora. They have great customer service...the owner lives in the area and is from Greece originally. Try the saganaki, veggie plate and the Greek wines - YUMMY!!!

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              margemayhem Nov 11, 2008 02:53 PM

              Thanks for all the suggestions. I had seen the previous threads that tatamagouche referred to above, but those threads are really more about Middle Eastern restaurants. I'm originally from the Detroit area (which has some of the best Greek and Middle Eastern food in this country), and Greek and Middle Eastern are definitely not the same! :-) Although I do love both.

              I used to live right by "Greektown" on Colfax, but was sorely disappointed in those restaurant selections. Although the bakery is pretty good.

              I'm definitely going to check out some of the recommendations here. Thanks so much for your replies!

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              1. re: margemayhem
                tatamagouche Nov 11, 2008 04:32 PM

                Indeed they are not the same! But some Greek places were mentioned in them, so I hoped they'd be of help.

                I agree with Pampatz about Pete's Central 1; save for the taramosalata, I was pleasantly surprised. I'd also very much like to try Monaco Inn.

                Which places disappointed you around Greektown and why? Since it sounds as though you're well versed in Greek, would you mind elaborating? Thanks!

              2. celeanor Nov 14, 2008 02:27 PM

                My vote would be for my big fat greek cafe on broadway. the owners bring back their olive oil from Greece. Its not fancy however, and they don't have a liquor license. I didn't have a very good experience at Pete's.

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                1. re: celeanor
                  dinerfan Nov 15, 2008 06:51 AM

                  Agreed on the above,although I hate saying the name. I had a pretty good greek salad there last week.

                  Charlie Brown's, a divey bar on the Hill has a very good greek salad as well. It's Greek owned by a longtime Denver restaurateur/bar owner, but has the dangerous mix of cultures on the menu (Greek/American/Mexican/Lithuanian/Latvian. Okay, just the first three). The Greek is better than the Mexican on the menu.

                  1. re: dinerfan
                    tatamagouche Nov 15, 2008 07:20 AM

                    LOVE Charlie Brown's. Wouldn't call it divey, though, more like...faded.

                    1. re: tatamagouche
                      dinerfan Nov 16, 2008 04:35 AM

                      Daytimes there are divey, and faded.

                      A couple of years ago the bartender, who I liked and had been patronizing for years at various places, and a waitress who had been around a while as well (and between whom there was bad blood brewing) got into an after-hours, knock-down, drag-out brawl which required the assistance of the police and paramedics.

                      I never saw either of those ladies again, darn it.

                      1. re: dinerfan
                        ClaireWalter Nov 16, 2008 05:18 AM

                        Dinerfan (and Tatamagouche) - Timing is everything :-)

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                          tatamagouche Nov 16, 2008 07:12 AM

                          Wow! Compare to the last time I was there, when there was an elderly couple all dolled up—she in a hat with a veil, the whole business—sitting pianoside listening quietly, sipping hot toddies or something.

                          So yes, Claire, timing is all.

                          1. re: tatamagouche
                            dinerfan Nov 16, 2008 09:36 AM

                            Cocktail hour is lovely, they used to have a sort of a savant who lived in the section 8 hotel next door play piano. He was the sort of fellow who could hear a tune on the radio and play it by ear.

                            But some of their steady clientele comes from the hotel it's in (rent assisted, section 8 as well) or the building next door.

                            Still a good spot with pretty good fare, and they stay openduring a blizzard!

                            1. re: dinerfan
                              margemayhem Dec 9, 2008 02:50 PM

                              Okay, HOW did I not know that Charlie Brown's serves food--especially Greek? Okay, I guess it's because I was too busy ordering the 2 for 1 drinks at happy hour. I haven't been there in years...maybe it's time to go again.

                              I tried My Big Greek Cafe, despite the ridiculous name, and it was really good! We went for lunch and had the saganaki (opa!); I had a greek salad (ridiculously huge!) and spanakopita and husband had a gyro. We took a piece of baklava home. All were very good.

                              To the person who asked about my experiences in Greektown, I think I tried them all (we lived within walking distance) and they were generally tasteless and greasy. Keep in mind this was about 7 years ago. I haven't been back in awhile.

                              Thanks again for all the reccs! I'll try to remember to report back when we try another place.

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