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Oct 12, 2012 07:37 AM

Georgio Bakatsias is at it again in Chapel Hill

Seems like Georgio (sp?) doesn't know when to stop. He is apparently opening a Greek themed restaurant in the Pyewacket space in the Courtyard at Chapel Hill. No word on opening or total concept.

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  1. Oooh, I'd love to have a Greek restaurant in town. I don't know what the Pyewacket space is, never noticed a place with that name in the Courtyard. Can't wait to hear more info. Given his last name, you'd guess he could do this one with his eyes shut.

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    1. re: LulusMom


      I hope it is better than Spice Street (that was him too, right?).

      1. re: brokegradstudent

        Ah, thank you. Yes, Spice St. is him too (although it has changed its name to City Kitchen). I think that one can't possibly ever be great because the menu is just all over the place. The sushi is pretty bad, but I've had some ok flatbreads and salads.

        1. re: LulusMom

          I remember one of his downtown Chapel Hill venues offering the best Bouillabaisse I have ever had. This had to have been at least 25 years ago.

          1. re: Windsor

            Yes, Bakatsias's was in the basement of U Square. I went there for prom night 26 years ago.

    2. Well his Parizade is suppose to be greek based but it's just so-so (like the majority of his establishments). Out of all his places that have come and gone, I think his best is Vin Rouge. I guess Bin54 does alright but I'm surprised it is still around. I know he had a place called Grasshopper at one time and he had Georges Garage. Truthfully though Med Deli will still be my go to for Greek/Lebanese food in Chapel Hill.

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      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        Bin54 is terrific and easily the best of his restaurants that I've dined in.

        1. re: romansperson

          Totally agree. I even think it is one of the best steak houses I've eaten at all over the US. Now, this should be taken with a grain of salt because I don't eat red meat more than maybe 4 times a year, but I've been to plenty of steak houses (my husband sure loves a good steak, and I'll eat one occasionally). They have a nice wine selection, good appetizers, freshly made rolls/bread.

      2. This is in preview from today through weekend. You can make a reservation on Open Table. I believe they are opening on Monday. If anyone goes, let me know how it is.

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        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

          Kind of unfair to judge a place on opening weekend though, don't you think?

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            I received an e-mail about it. Not sure, but it seemed as though one or two specific dishes are being offered each night during the soft opening - with each night being different. If someone has limited dietary needs regarding proteins they may want to double check!

            NOTE: Mods, I am not affiliated, etc. Just cutting and pasting to save some time!


            Soutzoukia Smyrneika 16.00

            Lamb Meatballs with Potato Puree in Smyrna Tomato Sauce


            Lahanodolmades 17.00

            Cabbage Parcels of Cumin Beef in Avgolemono Sauce

            Pork Ladocola

            Kipos Vegetables, Herbs & Kefalograviera Cheese 17.00


            Youvetsi 18.00

            Stone-Oven Baked Short Rib with Braised Tomatoes & Orzo 18.00

            Stiphado 18.00

            Eight-Hour Braised Wild Rabbit, Pearl Onions, Georgio's Garden Bay Leaves


            Whole Herb Roasted Lemon Chicken 19.00

            Oregano, Roasted Potatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

            1. re: meatn3

              Oh yeah.. that did seem true.. So nevermind but glad t here is a traditional greek spot in the area.

          2. Am looking forward to reading some reviews. I looked at the menu and it looks interesting. Contrary to a lot of reviews here, I really like Parizaides, although haven't been there in a long time.

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            1. re: Jeanne

              Okay my dad and I just ate there Sunday, it seems it was opening night, we just rambled in from the gym. It's been done over charmingly with a big open kitchen with rotisseries going. The food is very good indeed. They have a regular menu, then one with small plates, mezzes and we ordered from the latter; feta, gigantes, salad, beef keftedes, fried calamari, vegetable fritters, washed down with a carafe of white wine. We had plenty of food and familiar things like Feta were amazing, the vegetable fritters like little puffs of air but you could taste the fresh herbs. We both agreed that the food was fantastic. The place filled up but our server was lovely and very attentive, the atmosphere very pleasant, live bouzouki music and the chef making the rounds. I was sorry I didn't have a slice of the leek or spinach pie. The desserts didn't fail either, I had walnut honey cake, light and delicious and my father a milk pastry. The bakery is open all day until 10pm and they'll sell coffee & pastries which is excellent. We loved our dinner and looking forward to returning.

              1. re: Rory

                Thanks for the report. I had looked over his menu including the rotating part. It seems more traditional and familiar greek fare which is good and a welcome addition to places like Med Deli and Tallulah's. Is the milk pastry the Galakto.. something or other? (not looking at page right this moment). I'll have to give a try sooner rather than later. Hope it stays strong and that it survives in that place since there is parking and that space has been underutilized.

                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  Yes, the Galakto is the milk custard. I'd say Med deli is for cheap food; I never eat there. I ate at Tallulah's a while back, October and it was nice, but not up to the quality of Kipos. There was quite a crowd there yesterday.

                  1. re: Rory

                    If you never eat at Med Deli then you're missing out. When they expanded a couple of year ago (?) the best thing they did was making their own pita bread using organic flour from nearby Hurdle Mills. Freshly made pita is so different from the stuff you get in a package, far less chewy much more pillowy soft. I don't bother making roti when I want them with my curries now, I just get freshly baked pita bread from Med Deli. They also use the pita bread dough to make Lebanese versions of pizza (I'm blanking on the name) that are delicious. I love sweets so I always have to get some borma and/or katifi. I don't know anywhere else in Chapel Hill or Durham where you can get these.
                    Yes, Med Deli is cheap eats but it's freshly made with quality ingredients. I'd much rather go there than spend the same amount at Mickey D's across the street, for example.

                    1. re: bbqme

                      Agreed re. Med Deli. Good lunch at the store.

                      For years I only knew them through their offerings at campus coffee shops (ugh.). At the place is a totally different thing.

                      1. re: brokegradstudent

                        agreed about Med Deli, they are way better than fast food. Didn't realize about the pita either.

                    2. re: Rory

                      Right I know the differences. I mean Mediterranean Deli is more broad appeal instead of Greek which Kipos is. I'm glad that there is someplace nearby that does traditional greek (your mousaka, pasticchio and such) as long as they keep it up.

              2. So what's the name of the place?

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