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psponsor06 Jul 11, 2013 10:13 AM

Can't find any good Greek food here. What am I missing/ Huge Greek community but all recommended restaurants thus far have been very disappointing. Still have others to try but recall Constantine's and Parthenon (really a pizza joint but other good fare too) when I was a kid and I just can't find anything like that anymore. Lived in NYC for over 10 years and even there never got much better Greek food than Constantine's in Cola Town. Any recommendations? Unfortunately, I will not be going back to Devine Foods or Grecian Gardens. I hear Zorba's is good but is it really or is it just the best of the lot?

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    elynbeth RE: psponsor06 Jul 12, 2013 05:31 AM

    My husband and I just tried Tzaziki's and it was alright. However, I think that Devine Foods and Grecian Gardens are both pretty good so we might have different standards :)

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      psponsor06 RE: elynbeth Jul 25, 2013 09:29 PM

      Hey - thank you for replying. I feel the same as you about Tzaziki's. Still on the search. Was told by another Chowhound to try Eli's so we will try to get there soon. We go to Mediterranean Tea Room and Al Amir and like them both although they are not 'strictly Greek". I'll keep everyone posted if I visit someplace new.

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      kariin RE: psponsor06 Jul 12, 2013 09:27 AM

      Where are you located in Columbia?

      Give Mediterranean Tea Room a try. One @ 2600 Devine St, just up from 5 Points and another in Lexington. 2 brothers, Lebanese, family. Not strictly Greek, certainly, but closer than the others you've mentioned. Its my favorite place, very fresh.

      Also try Al Amir, 629 Main Street and Eli's ( 1058 St. Andrews Road).

      Aladdin (655 St. Andrews Rd. at the back of the Chef'Store shopping center) is a Med. grocery full of good products from the region, but best is the cold case with labna, olives, cheese, halal lamb etc. Mr. Aljani also makes hummis, tabbouli, little meat pies etc.

      All of these are Mediterranean focused, not Greek primarily, but they are all much better than the greek places you've mentioned.

      Keep track of activities at Holy Trinity Church, 1931 Sumter Street. The Greek festival in September and the pre-Easter festival (smaller) offer much better Greek food, baked bread and sweets, cheese, etc. Its worth buying in bulk and freezing.

      I'm not sure why we don't have a better Greek restaurant here. My guess is that most Columbia folks are satisfied with generally mediocre food, but want lots of it - focused more on mass quantities, especially of 'ethnic' varieties that they know less about (pizza, Italian, Greek, Chinese). There are good places in the area - but fewer in number, harder to find.

      Whats your experience? Are you new to town?
      good luck, let us know what you've found.
      k

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        psponsor06 RE: kariin Jul 25, 2013 09:15 PM

        Thank you for responding, Karin. We go to Med Tea Room on Devine quite a bit. I have only been to Al Amir twice and had better falafal there than most places so I will give them another try again soon. I do think the Greek festival is good fun and we have gotten some decent food and great sweets and cheeses there. I have heard of Eli's but not tried it yet and look forward to getting there soon. Alladdin is a great tip! I have not heard of it and really appreciate the heads up. Thanks again.

      2. SweetPea RE: psponsor06 Jul 27, 2013 05:30 AM

        There's a new one on Hwy 378 near Riverbanks Zoo botanical garden entrance. Sorry I can't think of the name off hand. By DeLucca's

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          psponsor06 RE: SweetPea Jul 31, 2013 01:28 PM

          Thanks. I'll look that one up too.

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            psponsor06 RE: SweetPea Aug 9, 2013 11:21 AM

            Hey - is the the place you were talking about? Interesting menu. Can't wait to try it.
            http://www.arianasofwestcolumbia.com/...

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              kariin RE: psponsor06 Aug 9, 2013 08:35 PM

              GO! We went a few days ago and the experience was excellent. The owner are a couple: husband is Turkish and wife is Greek. The food is the best I've had in Columbia and I am familiar with Turkish food, in Turkey. The menu includes dishes from around the Med., presented beautifully. Greek beer and some wines are available. Everything we ate was delicious, very fresh and prepared with attention and care. Many vegetarian options and more familiar things (gyro and souvlakia). Each of the 4 of us ordered different things (dumplings, hummus, a vegetarian sampler, Turkish pide (not pita) bread. One person's order included servings of both white and brown basmati rice. Next time I may just order an extra dish of the rice, it was that good.

              Please go and help these fine people make a success of this.
              It is on Hwy 378 (Sunset) in W> Columbia, on the right as you head away from the river, just past the Hess station and the turn for the Zoo, in the same little strip as DeLuccas.

              Tell us about your visit.

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