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Tehama Mar 30, 2010 05:54 PM

Hey everyone! My good friend's birthday is next week / Wednesday. I'm organizing a dinner for several of her friends on a grad-school student budget and would like to do Greek if at all possible in the Durham / SouthPoint/ Chapel Hill area.

Suggestions for a yummy restaurant conducive to a student budget that pays tribute to her Greek heritage?

Thanks a million!

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    brokegradstudent Mar 30, 2010 06:15 PM

    I've enjoyed a few meals at Nikos Taverna in Brightleaf square but others picked up the checks on those occasions. Maybe use their appetizers menu as mezes w/ drinks?

    Nikos Taverna
    905 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

    8 Replies
    1. re: brokegradstudent
      jsb23nc Mar 30, 2010 10:18 PM

      I recommend Spartacus in Durham.

      1. re: jsb23nc
        castaway Mar 31, 2010 07:09 AM

        I don't recommend Spartacus in Durham due to condition of the place, variability in service, and variability in quality of food.

        I'm amazed they are still in business.

        Does it need to be Greek or is Mediterranean okay?

        Try appetizers and drinks at Parizade.

        Try Mediterranean Deli in Chapel Hill (410 West Franklin Street).

        The food is consistently good and it's reasonably priced.
        They have beer and wine.

        You can window shop on Franklin Street or go to a bar or dessert place after dinner.

        Nikos Taverna is very good but it's not cheap and it might be a little fancy for what you want.

        2200 W Main St, Durham, NC 27705

        Mediterranean Deli
        410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

        Nikos Taverna
        905 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701

        1. re: castaway
          steveindurham3 Mar 31, 2010 09:26 AM

          Papa's Grill in Durham is great but i would recommend lunch instead of dinner to meet your price constraints.

          Papa's Grill
          1821 Hillandale Road, Durham, NC 27705

          1. re: steveindurham3
            burgeoningfoodie Apr 5, 2010 06:19 AM

            Per Steve's suggestion, you may want to check on restaurant.com and see if you can get some discount coupons.

            Not a fancy place by any measure, but I still like Mediterranean Deli in Chapel Hill on Franklin St. If you don't mind a drive to Apex, check out Xios Cafe.

            Mediterranean Deli
            410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie
              Jeanne Apr 5, 2010 12:07 PM

              Papa's does have coupons on restaurant.com. So does Spartacus.

              1. re: Jeanne
                castaway Apr 6, 2010 07:05 AM

                I'd call the restaurant to confirm they take restaurant.com coupons before purchasing them.

                Based on what I've heard, many restaurants are listed on restaurant.com that no longer accept or never accepted their coupons.

              2. re: burgeoningfoodie
                klmonline Nov 5, 2010 10:52 AM

                Xios just went out of business. They sent an email today to their subscriber list. No specific reasons other than high costs and a down economy.

        2. re: brokegradstudent
          bbqme Apr 1, 2010 10:45 AM

          I like Nikos as well, and they have another location in RTP that may be closer to the area Tehama was looking for. I think you can get away with $25/pp by sharing apps and limiting drinks.

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          Jeanne Apr 1, 2010 10:48 AM

          I also agree with Niko's. Papa's Grill is really good, but their prices have risen considerably over the past several years. Niko's is more reasonable.

          I would not do Spartacus - I think their food is mediocre at best.

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            anne7134 Apr 2, 2010 06:06 AM

            I highly recommend MediTerra Grill on Erwin Road for good, inexpensive Mediterranean food. Very casual, but they are extremely accommodating for large groups. They have the best gyro meat in the area in my opinion! I also love their lamb.


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