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The Greek Opens In One Arts Plaza Monday *Update

by Steven Doyle

The Greek will open its doors this Monday, October 15, 2012 just in time for lunch service. Look for Look for inexpensive pitas such as the sliced leg of lamb on a grilled pita, onions and Ziziki sauce, or steak and egg with grilled skirt steak, polenta and an over-easy egg.

We sat with owner Mary Cloutier-Arabatzis, who with her chef husband also own Ziziki’s three locations throughout Dallas, and she was excited about the newest location in One Arts Plaza which formerly housed The Commissary. Mary took us on a tour of the new restaurant which has expanded to serve just over 70-seats indoors and about half as many outdoors on one of the two patios.     Continue reading

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Scott Reitz Made Us Giggle

by Steven Doyle

The Observer’s food guru Scott Reitz Tweets like a mad man, something I am terrible at probably because I would rather eat that cheeseburger than Tweet about the damned thing. But I know he has a great sense of humor and today Tweeted a link to something that made me choke on the very same cheeseburger.  Continue reading


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Mamma Mia! At Dallas Music Hall Until Sunday

by Steven Doyle

More than likely you know the plot and have seen the film adaptation or possibly even the live theater production of Mamma Mia! since its debut in the late ‘90’s. The songs will be most familiar with those growing up in the 1970’s disco era and listened to the endless melodies of the Swedish pop group ABBA.

ABBA has sold nearly 400 million records worldwide and continues to sell millions each year even to this day, so it is no wonder that Mamma Mia! is so successful. Someone is listening.  Last night a packed house at the Dallas Music Hall in Fair Park danced in their seats and reveled in the familiar music and sound bites as they were whisked back to a time in Greece just days before a young brides wedding.                Continue reading


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Let’s Go Falafeling!

by Ellen Ritscher Sackett

Can you Spanakopita? Dare to Dolma? Think Greek when you dine at Yummy’s Restaurant in Denton, Texas.

Don’t judge Yummy’s by its postage-stamp size or its location in a tiny strip-mall off a main commercial drag. This hole-in-the-wall has been a local favorite for traditional Mediterranean cuisine since 1986.

I arrive for a late lunch and most of the tables are full. I chose a spot near the counter where there’s a short line of customers waiting to pay for their meals. Mohammad Apache, the owner who’s busy in the kitchen, converses in Lebanese to the young woman at the register. The lime green booths are long gone, replaced with stackable chairs and tables that can seat 36 when the place is packed. The addition of a mirrored wall makes this cubbyhole look bigger than it is, and the posters of Greece and Lebanon make me hungry for travel in addition to food.         Continue reading

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Opa! Pass the Saganaki

by Steven Doyle    photos by Robert Bostick

What’s not to like about flaming cheese?  That is why we set out to find one of the city’s best  versions of saganaki and headed far north to Plano Frisco for a visit to Platia Greek Kouzina.

Move over spanikopita. Yes we love your flaky layers of phyllo and spinach. Of course we adore the ktapadi, the grilled octopus charred in a red vinaigrette.  But the saganaki is the blazing stuff we were craving as we passed through the doorway.   Continue reading


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