THE GREEK Opens in One Arts Plaza with a New Chef, New Tricks

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All caps -- because you must yell it.
After a rocky start that included a dramatic chef shuffle and an opening date scoot, things are up and moving at Ziziki's-owned THE GREEK in One Arts Plaza. Just this past weekend, there was a shakeup: Chef Richard Silva made an abrupt exit. Chef Taylor Kearney (of Boulevardier and Charlie Palmer fame) took his place, just hours before opening day. That mess has been sorted.

I popped in during the soft opening to take it all in, along with some eager Arts District-area workers. The new official open date is this Friday, October 19.

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The interior doesn't shout, however.
Just a few architectural details (and the all-capital lettering style) of the former COMMISSARY spot remain in THE GREEK's new digs. Tall, tall ceilings and a rippling white-textured wall studded with chalkboards for specials round out the earthy, simple feel to the space. And it's more open now, with the removal of part of the long bar that ran along the kitchen-facing side of the restaurant. Just one massive marble-topped bar remains, for now, without a license to sell liquor. Never you mind, cocktail-lovers, one is on the way. Speaking of which, I checked out shaker-king Jason Cosmas' cocktail menu, which includes Greekified concoctions like the Olympic Cup (Metaxa 5 Star, Cointreau, lime, cucumber, mint and ginger beer), The Onasis (Champagne and St. Germain topped with candied kumquats), and Greek Sangria (Mosofilero white wine, lemon, St. Germain and melon). Opa indeed.

The Greek people aren't known for being quiet, and I'm thinking the more subtle decor at THE GREEK is meant to let the flavors in the dishes speak for themselves. Chef Tesar's lamb burger may be long gone, but there's plenty of lamb on a menu that dresses up classic Greek flavors in tapas-style portions.

Sliced lamb gyro

The menu begins with a selection of pitas, all priced between $7 and $10. They arrive to the table unfolded, presenting their interior goodness to all before being wrapped up and eaten in the traditional gyro fashion.

Steak & Shrooms pita

At my table, we tried the traditional lamb gyro and the "Steak & Shrooms" which had crispy leek strands, horseradish aioli and cheese along with meaty wild mushrooms and sliced beef. Salads are similarly priced, featuring a Greek-style wedge as well as others topped with either chicken or salmon.

Location Info


One Arts Plaza

1722 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: General

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Although it was a very random comment to post since The Greek was never mentioned here, I must check your homework my friend. The Greek One Arts is indeed a completely different menu from Ziziki's! The Greek features fabulous Greek Mezzas (small plates) and a wonderful boutique wine list. The original restaurant has had the same menu for 20 years strong! Go try them both and I will give you an A+!

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