We’ve always enjoyed dining at One Arts Plaza because of the diversity of its restaurants. There’s Jorge’s for our Tex-Mex fix, Tei-An for Japanese, Fedora for Italian and Cafe des Artistes for a French twist.
But most recently, our culinary cravings have been satisfied by The Greek, a sexy-yet-casual restaurant from the masterminds behind Ziziki’s.
Here, you can enjoy wonderfully authentic Greek classics before a show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, but it’s also an ideal destination for a delightful meal during prime dinner hours because most everyone else is at one of those aforementioned performances. So requesting an 8:00 p.m. table on the patio won’t get you laughed off the phone.
Start with one of the boards to share. Each is served with Mediterranean olives, pickled mustard seeds, fig jam, stuffed piquillo peppers and freshly grilled pita bread.
Yanni’s features Hipiti dip (fire roasted peppers, feta, red pepper flakes, Greek spices), flaky phyllo triangles, dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with sesasoned rice) and marinated Halloumi (a semi-hard cheese). Meanwhile, the meat & cheese board offers up a variety of cured meats and delectable cheeses. Either is suited for sharing with a cocktail or a glass of wine.
Of course, it should come as no surprise that the lamb dishes really shine. From skewered lamb medallions with roasted peppers over orzo risotto or a platter of spiced ground lamb Mousaka to rack of lamb with creamy polenta, drunken mushroom sauce and crumbled feta, each variation is sublimely seasoned, moist and tender.
Save room for fresh baked baklava or chocolate liquor cake with homemade Greek yogurt ice cream and it’ll be clear: Everything at The Greek is worthy of the gods.
And it’s pretty nice to be treated like one, too.
1722 Routh Street (in One Arts Plaza), Dallas