Ziziki's Restaurant & Bar 4514 Travis St., Dallas, Texas 214-521-2233 (second location at 11661 Preston Rd. in north Dallas) 469-232-9922
Dallas Restaurant Review:
Ziziki's Restaurant & Bar probably has the best Greek food in Dallas. It rises above anything Greek I've ever had outside of Greece
SETTING - A very pretty (and very popular) little restaurant in the courtyard of the Travis Walk building in the hip Knox-Henderson area.
APPETIZERS - Every time I try a new appetizer, it becomes my new favorite. Right now, my favorites are the Mediterranean Pita Bread topped with tomatoes, Greek herbs, feta cheese, basil, and olive oil; and also the Dolmades: rolls of grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice, served on a bed of marinated onions. That pair alone can make a fine lunch.
ENTREES - The Spanakopita is wonderful: paper thin layers of crispy dough topping blocks of baked spinach, sweet onions, and feta. I love the Gyro plates, sliced leg of lamb, highly seasoned and served on pita with their signature ziziki (creamy cucumber) sauce. They have excellent Souvlakis – medallions of meat and vegetables grilled on a skewer and accompanied by pita bread, roasted new potatoes, and onion marinade (your choice of lamb, chicken, salmon, or straight veg). Good selection of salads, too.
WINE - Ziziki has a very good and reasonably priced wine list. They also offer an amazing number of wines by the glass – over 30 of them.
AMBIANCE - It's a cozy, narrow, rambling room with a long bar along one side – classic Greek bistro. The decor is relaxed and warm (not touristy Greek) with a European black-and- white checkerboard floor. It draws an eclectic crowd – business people, locals who live in the nearby condos, and affluent Highland Park types.
PARKING - Parking can be tricky in this older part of town with all the restaurants and night life, but Ziziki is in the courtyard of a building that has a free and easy parking garage underneath.
BOTTOM LINE - You won't find better Greek food in Dallas than what you'll find at Ziziki. You can also visit their web site to check out the menu.