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Where is All of the Great Greek Food in Dallas?

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Just after Cristina Daglas reported for duty as the new editor of D Magazine, she asked me where she could find great Greek food. She grew up eating it and spent time living in Greece. I asked for your opinions. You certainly came through. From a list of 78 comments, she decided to go to Kostas Café. She was not impressed.

She found the menu puzzling: it was missing staples (pastitsio, skordalia, keftedes) and bread was served with butter, not olive oil. Tzatziki was all garlic, no cucumber. The horiatiki salad was a sad mix of less-than-ripe components, and the spanakopita, though served with a wonderfully flaky phyllo exterior, turned to a flavorless spinach mixture curiously devoid of feta cheese. Her rant continues here.

Anybody out there beg to differ? Or have more suggestions?

45 comments on “Where is All of the Great Greek Food in Dallas?

  1. Considering that Kostas was one of the least mentioned in those comments, why did she choose that?
    Try Platia Greek Kouzina in Frisco, which was mentioned several times, for example.

  2. Authentic Greek in Dallas is a lot like authentic Thai was a couple of years ago–served as an asterisk at some similarish restaurant. Pakpao and Crush Craft, among others, have shown that real Thai food can stand on its own. Let’s hope someone can take real Greek cuisine out of the Mediterranean places and make it shine.

  3. Good Greek food does not exist in Dallas. I love Greek food ( I’m half Greek) but the only time I eat it is when I’m out of town.

  4. Our favorite Greek place, not necessarily in Dallas, is Cafe Medi in Hurst.

  5. Just curious to know what your definition of good Greek food is?
    There are very few “Greek owned” and operated restaurants around.
    Have you tried them? Would you know the difference?
    I also lived in Greece and I am from Chicago.
    seriously people here get confused because Middle Eastern restaurants often say they are Greek. Really last time I checked Greece is in Europe.
    Which restaurants have you been to?

  6. Ellinida, could you please list the restaurants that you think are Middle Eastern but list themselves as Greek?

  7. Zizikis, zorbas, kostas, greek isles, and platia. I am very familiar with good Greek food — my mother is Greek.

  8. So not one of those places were authentic? and what would have made them authentic?

  9. I said they weren’t good. Authentic? Maybe but must those restaurants don’t have a greek in the kitchen.

  10. Anywhere in Tarpon Springs, Greektown (Chicago) or Astoria. Where do you find good Greek food in Dallas

  11. My favorite in Astoria is Stamati’s. Chicago Greektown to me has gone downhill a bit so I hop from place to place there depending on what I want.
    And in Dallas I love Platia by far. I’m surprised it didn’t impress you. and the owner is always in the kitchen.

  12. I’ll give it another try. It’s far from where we live and the time we went we were seated in the back by the kitchen. I’ll try it again based on your recommendation.

  13. Oh my gosh, Dallas does. Or at least Rowlett does. My favorite Greek restaurant to go to is OPA! Greek Tavern. Seriously the best pita bread I’ve ever had. My favorite plate is the Roasted Chicken. Unbelievably delicious. The price is great and you always get more than enough food. I usually have leftovers. Do yourself a favor and try it. http://oparowlett.com/

  14. Do yourself a favor and try OPA! Greek Tavern. My favorite plate is the Roasted Chicken. The quantity of food for the price is great and their pita bread is amazing. You won’t want to stop eating it. http://oparowlett.com/

  15. Have you tried Stratos? I’m not Greek…so when you say authentic, I’m sure I couldn’t tell the difference but I love Stratos!

  16. Seriously? Stratos? Do you also think Olive Garden is good Italian food? I barely know Greek food and after eating there once consider it some of the WORST food in Dallas, never mind which ethnicity, it was just awful.

  17. Zorba’s in Plano is the best Greek restaurant in Dallas by far. The owner was born and raised in Greece and uses his family’s recipes. They definitely have all of the classics. The Greek pastries are amazing too. The pastry chef is the owner’s cousin who moved to Dallas from Thessalonika a few years ago. Their family owns a zaxaroplasteion(a pastry shop) in Greece. Also, it’s BYOB which is great. Must try!

  18. Kokkari in San Francisco is the best I’ve ever had. Locally, stick with Ali Babba–Mediterranean, but best bet since there are absolutely no good Greek restaurants here. Kostas blows IMPO.

  19. Oh, and best “Greek” salad? My favorites (although some are considered Mediterranean salads): Avanti, Adelmo’s, Stackhouse, and Grimaldi’s.

  20. Same confusion as other commenters. Why go to Kostas if it’s the least recommended? Sounds like laziness;you ask for advice then don’t take it.

  21. Being a Greek living in Dallas, there really is only 1 choice, Zorba’s in Plano. The recipes are the real thing, just like my YiaYia used to make. The desserts will blow your mind. The staff is Greek. The food is authentic. The atmosphere is like walking into a neighborhood restaurant in Greece. Try it. You won’t regret it. Remember to BYOB!!!

  22. Lived in the Manor House neighborhood of London and worked near Charlotte St. Way back they were both full of wonderful Greek restaurants. Well Greek Cypriot actually – is that different food? Most have have moved out now – to who knows where.

    I’ve always found a dearth of inexpensive hole in the wall type Greek joints in Dallas. What about The Greek Cafe and Bakery in Bishop Arts? It certainly fills the hole in the wall criteria and the food is pretty good. Genuine Greek food? Y’all can decide.

    I too have always liked Ali Baba, from Greenville Ave days. And surely Greece & its islands are on the Mediterranean. All of those countries have variations of the same food. Lamb, yogurts, hummus, pita bread etc.

    The innate hubris of of that region dictates that Greek food is “nothing like Turkish” or Israeli etc etc.

  23. Lived in the Manor House neighborhood of London and worked near Charlotte St. Way back they were both full of wonderful Greek restaurants. Well Greek Cypriot actually – is that different food? Most have have moved out now – to who knows where.

    I’ve always found a dearth of inexpensive hole in the wall type Greek joints in Dallas. What about The Greek Cafe and Bakery in Bishop Arts? It certainly fills the hole in the wall criteria and the food is pretty good. Genuine Greek food? Y’all can decide.

    I too have always liked Ali Baba, from Greenville Ave days. And surely Greece & its islands are on the Mediterranean. All of those countries have variations of the same food. Lamb, yogurts, hummus, pita bread etc.

    The innate hubris of of that region dictates that Greek food is “nothing like Turkish” or Israeli etc etc.

  24. As Ellinida said, Mediterranean is not Greek food. Usually Mediterranean restaurants are more middle eastern type foods and not Greek foods. Yes, there are greek items on the menu but they are not Greek restaurants. I don’t think there is any Mediterranean restaurant in Dallas run by a greek. Louie’s pizza does some good greek dishes (Louie’s brother who is Greek is in the kitchen). The greek salad is superb.

  25. I love Zizikis! My favorite item is their hummus. I could make a meal of it! Everything is always fresh. And Kosta himself has greeted us many times.

  26. My one and only Greek place I go to is Greek Isles in Plano. They might not be perfect (tarama is awful, all potato, no fish eggs) but wonderful in other dishes: lamb shank, dolmas, moussaka. And their ouzo lemonade! Maybe not Greek but nicely refreshing and tasty. I was glad when I found them after trying several really bad places (greek veranda, kostas, Stratos) in Dallas and long drives to Niko’s Niko’s in Houston….

  27. Agree Kokkari in San Fran is the finest Greek restaurant in USA but we are in Dallas
    I hear great things about Greek Cafe in Bishop Arts so I want to try that soon!
    I do know facts though. The owner of Platia is the same person than had Stuffed Pocket in Valley View mall then Pita Pavilion in Addison then moved to open Zorbas. The recipes are her families recipes who owned restaurants in Chicago since she was a kid. The people who own Zorbas now were never in the restaurant business. They used to sell used cars in Ft Worth
    Not saying it isn’t a good restaurant just sharing facts.

  28. I learned to cook Greek food from a Greek/Egyptian neighbor three decades ago right before we moved to Dallas. And it’s a good thing I did because there is no comparable Greek food in Dallas. A good piece of spanakopita, a bowl of lentils, good dolmathes are not to be found.

  29. Haven’t you been to Zizikis? I’m Greek – grew up in Dallas going to the Greek Festival back when it was in a tiny church in Oak Lawn! My family loves Zizikis! I have never had a bad dish there and would have a hard time picking my favorite from all of their wonderful dishes! Please give it a try!!! It’s delicious!!!

  30. Best Greek in Dallas, wait for the Dallas Greek food festival in September at Holy Trinity church, Hillcrest & Alpha. One of my favorite weekends of the year!

  31. My husband and I have enjoyed Ziziki’s for many years at Travis Walk and Preston/Forest. In fact, it’s such a beautiful night, a girlfriend and I are going for dinner tonight at Travis Walk and dine by the fountain. We love the dolmas, spanakopita, Greek salad with chicken, lamb and potatoes, and the amazing baklava ice cream cake. The service and food are always great. I had my 40th birthday party in their private dining room and it was wonderful.