Monday, December 30, 2013

Greek Yogurt - Not Just For GREEKS!!

Greek yogurt - it's all the rage! OPA! Many people are doing a lot of research on the difference between Greek yogurt and the yogurt we have been used to and eating for many years. Many thought that - well, yogurt was yogurt.  Of course, if it's Greek food, it's better - right?

Why choose the Greek yogurt? The Greek Yogurt is somewhat different than the regular yogurt because it is strained. This “straining” process for yogurt started on the Crete Islands. Greek yogurt is thicker, creamier and has a completely different texture than other yogurts. There are no stabilizers used or added and no gelatin additions. So, Greek yogurt is more pure, if you will - than the processed yogurt products we're used to here in the States.

And here's the best benefit - Greek yogurt is full of protein (double the protein than the normal yogurt!) and is packed with probiotics. Greek yogurt is very low fat and healthy because it has B6, B12 and calcium.

Greek Yogurt is usually made from sheep milk and not from cow milk because the Greeks believe it gives the yogurt a better taste. In Greek cuisine, cow milk is used occasionally but not as often as sheep’s milk.

Greek yogurt is used in Tzatziki dip (which we're famous for, and use in our award-winning Greek salad and MORE... AND - where we get our name!) and can be served with fruits, nuts and honey. Raisins top off yogurt as a sweet treat and often used as a dessert! The Greek yogurt is a lovely Greek addition to your meals.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FALL in Love With Greek Food

In the coming weeks, the leaves will start changing to bright reds and oranges, and the season that brought incredible heat to the south and storms to the northeast will come to an end. The days of hot dogs at ballgames and hamburgers on the grill are slowly winding down, so try something new.... Go Greek!

The Greeks love to cook (OPA!) and make large use of several wonderful ingredients in their Fall Greek dishes - including the Mediterranean cuisine staple: olives and olive oil.

Olives are very important in Greek cuisine because of its roots to Greek history - and of course, it's dietary benefits. Ancient Greeks used to eat olives because they believe it was good for keeping their body healthy and full of life. Greek olive oil is also extremely tasty and smooth. It is often taken from privately owned pressing plans, the best come from Lesvos!

Another Fall favorite in Greece is Kalamarakia - or 'calamari', which is squid. Adding orange wedges, cumin, pasta or rice can seal the meal and add a delightful white wine (also known as kalamarakia krasata) is a family favorite.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Greek Cuisine 101 - Part I

Welcome to Part I of a series of posts we’ll be doing on modern day Greek cuisine in Greece. Are your taste buds ready for this? Here we go…

Greeks spend a lot of time socializing outside their homes, and sharing a meal is one of the chief ways of doing it. The atmosphere is always relaxed and informal, with pretensions rare outside of the more “hip” parts of Athens and certain major resorts.

Although standards like kalamari and moussaka are everywhere and figure strongly in taverna fare, Greek food is considerably more complex and varied than just these well-loved dishes.

In fact, modern Greeks are rediscovering their rich rural culinary heritage, which began as simple and functional, relying on local products, and later expanded under the influence of elaborate, Anatolian-influenced recipes in the 1920’s, brought by immigrants from Asia Minor. The result is a rich and wide ranging cuisine based on fresh, raw ingredients, subtle herbs and preparation by charcoal grilling or in wood-burning ovens.

In Greece, you’ll find a plethora of local specialties, all proudly promoted: anything from whole pickled caper sprigs to smoked eels, mollusks bottle in brine to soft sheep’s cheese or thyme honey to almond syrup.

Stay tuned to future episodes as we dive into the mouth-watering facts about seafood, meats, vegetables, wine and cheeses. Yummy!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ziziki's is Proud to Offer Hahn Wines

Ziziki’s has two wonderful fall wines brought to you from the Hahn Winery in beautiful Soledad,Callifornia. The Hahn winery practices sustainability and is the proud recipient of the SIP Certification for its use of natural farming techniques and use of natural pest controls to maintain a low impact on the environment.

Hahn Winery’s is also a member of the Monterrey Area Green Business Program. Hahn has been in the vineyard business since 1980 and is constantly expanding the wine operation in Monterrey County.

Please come and join us in a glass of Hahn Winery’s Chardonnay or the flavorful Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay is a medium bodied wine with crisp acidity and with subtle layers of peach, pineapple and a touch of vanilla. The Pinot Noir has aromas of dried plums, black currants and cola. On the Palate you will be surprised with hints of black cherry and well integrated oak flavors and vanilla and spice. Each of these wines is a perfect complement to Ziziki’s signature Greek Meat and the very popular Cheese Board. Each of these are regular menu items priced at $18.00 each.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Feast Like the Gods -- Greek Style

Looking for some place new for dinner? Why not try food that is as ancient as the gods: Ziziki's!  Opt for an authentic Greek salad - as Aphrodite might have eaten to keep her svelte figure. Or maybe you are more like Zeus and would fancy a lamb gyro or souvlakis. With an array of traditional Greek food the selection is superb.

No detail is spared when feasting Ziziki's style: start off with either Ziziki bread, Spinach Tiropitas, Keftedes or maybe some Lamp Loli-Pops. What are Lamb Loli Pops? Two large seasoned chops grilled to perfection and served with Creamy Polenta.

Ready for the main course? You can choose from Lamb, Pork Loin or seafood. The Salmon Filet and Pan Seared Sea Bass are Ziziki's favorites.

And please, leave room for desert. Zizki's is known for their famous Baklava Ice Cream Cake or the unbelievable Tiramisu.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Great Greek Wines

Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and the origins of winemaking in Greece go back almost 7000 years. The spread of Greek civilization and their worship of Dionysus, the god of wine, helped to spread the love of wine throughout all Mediterranean areas. Greek wines and their varieties were well known and traded throughout the Mediterranean soon after it was discovered, and Hippocrates even used wine for medicinal purposes and gladly prescribed it to anyone in need of some quick help.

The most reputable wines of ancient Greece were Chian, Coan, Corcyraean, Cretan, Euboean, Lesbian, Leucadian, Mendaean, Peparethan wine, Rhodian and Thasian. In 1937, the Ministry of Agriculture established a Wine Institute, which was established to devote time to researching Greek Wine and to preserving and improving the country's winemaking. During the 1960s, Retsina suddenly became the national beverage. Retsina is a Greek white wine that has a unique flavor and is said to have originated from the practice of sealing wine vessels, particularly amphorae, with Aleppo Pine resin in ancient times. With rapidly growing tourism, Retsina became associated worldwide with Greece and Greek wine.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Perfect Place to Meet,Greet and Eat

Ziziki's is a perfect place for lunch or dinner in Dallas; with three convenient locations: Travis Walk, North Dallas and Plano. Come join us today for authentic Greek cuisine accompanied by either a Zizikis Cosmo or a Zizikis Sunkiss cocktail - it's happy hour from 4-6 (Monday through Friday). We also have a full children's menu.

We have over 75 different wines in our Dallas wine bar from all over the world including authentic Greek and Italian red wines. We also have a large selection of imported and domestic beers if wine is not your thing. So if you are looking for a place to entertain clients or for a few friends to meet Ziziki's is the perfect venue.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why We Love Gyros

Gyros! We love them and, here recently, Dallas gyros are becoming more popular.

Gyros are becoming more popular all-throughout the metroplex and for good reason. Gyros are downright delicious! Haven’t had a gyro yet? You should. Gyros are a popular Greek dish of different meats such as pork, chicken, veal, lamb or beef that are paired with a variety of vegetables and served wrapped inside either pita or sandwich bread. They are often open on one end leave the delicious meat spilling onto the plate or paper it’s wrapped in.

The term “gyro” comes from the Greek word meaning “to turn” since the meat is roasted and turned over during cooking. Usually a broiler is used to cook the meat to keep it crisp and yet very moist.

This Greek dish is so popular that there are plenty of variations that include versions in Brazil, Canada, Turkey and even a version particular to the United States after being introduced in Chicago.

All in all, gyros are an authentic Greek dish that everyone should try! Stop by and try our lamb gyro (a Dallas Observer Favorite Dish - ) or ask for recommendations from our staff for a true taste of the beautiful culture of Greece.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Go GREEK For Date Night

Despite humid and hot Texas summers, the weather is now starting to cool off in the evenings - paving the way for some great (and romantic) date nights on porches, patios and with a bottle of wine. What better way to potentially woo someone new, or reconnect with your main squeeze?  Our restaurants not only provide the best Mediterranean food in Dallas - but also the most romantic atmosphere and unparalleled service.

Celebrate that summer date night with a remarkable and authentic Greek food and atmosphere. Sit down on one of our outdoor patios and let the rich smell of roasting lamb catch your attention as your server takes drink and appetizer orders.

Pre Dinner Drinks
Start off with a Chocolate Martini or Flirtini, a cocktail with Kettle One, pineapple, cranberry juice and topped with a little bit of “bubbly”. Looking for something a bit “lighter"? - opt for our skinny margarita with Patron Silver and the best part—it’s only 100 calories!

The Main Course

Dive right into some of the freshest fish in the metroplex by sampling out salmon filet or pan seared sea bass. The candied tomatoes or Mediterranean cous cous will have you convinced that we cooked the meal in Greece before bringing it over.

There’s always the delicious skewered lamb loin and lamb gyro that are all free-range and served with slow roasted potatoes. Tastes are are truly unforgettable.

Sweet Finish

Finish the night off with a small and sweet dessert and enjoy each other’s company on a cool summer evening.  How about our world famous Baklava Ice Cream Cake? It's stellar, we promise.

Planning a date? Call us ahead and tell us about your special occasion and we’ll make sure that you enjoy your experience.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Healthy History Behind Hummus

Is there a side dish that has become more trendy and popular in recent years than hummus? 

The tasty dip is often enjoyed with pita or flatbread or even small whole-wheat chips. The wide variety of hummus available is a true testament to it’s popularity: there’s garlic, roasted red pepper, avocado and even lean hummus.

So what’s the buzz around hummus? What is it and where did it come from?

Unfortunately, hummus isn’t as Greek as many assume it to be. But it is a staple of many of our Greek appetizers.

Hummus is a dish most popular in the Middle East and is made of mashed chickpeas, sesame seeds and a variety of seasonings particular to that flavor. Common ingredients are olive oil, garlic, red pepper, tahini and lemon juice.

And we’re happy to agree that hummus is a dish that’s good for you. We've been discussing the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and even healthy options for Happy Hour. With hummus - the vitamins and minerals in hummus can help give you energy and keep your skin, liver, hair and eyes healthy.

We serve hummus as a delicious side dish - so if you haven't had a chance to try it yet, stop by and see us and taste for yourself!

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Best Happy Hour In Dallas

Last week we posted about 'eating lean' and having a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Just because you’re wanting to 'eat clean' doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what might just be the best Happy Hour in Dallas If you're eating healthy - you can splurge a little. A healthy lifestyle means you are eating right, exercising and 'doing the right thing' by your body on a regular basis. This sets the stage to be able to 'live it up a little' once in a while. You know what we have to say to that... OPA!

Come by and sip on our 100-calorie Skinny Margaritas. Subtract the calories without subtracting any of the taste and we’ll bet you’ll be coming back for more. Or - enjoy some exclusive craft beers or one of our other cocktails. OF course - the Greeks have always known that wine sports fantastic health benefits.

Have the best of both worlds at Zizikis - Make it your ritual! OPA!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Eating Lean and Clean

With so many popular diets going on right now, it seems that more people are starting to really reconsider what it is that they’re eating. They want lean meats and clean eating, and luckily for most, we’ve got both!
One of the main things that makes the Mediterranean (or Greek) diet so popular is the wide variety of lean meats that have been proven to be better for your heart and for your health.

Lamb chops are a common staple in Greek cuisine and are especially popular on the Ziziki’s menu, the best of Dallas Mediterranean food. Enjoy some roasted lamb chop layered with béchamel and herbed potatoes in our Mousaka dish or pair lamb with roasted chicken, shrimp and organic sausage in our Grek Paella, a dish that won’t disappoint!

Grilled asparagus, sautéed veggies and marinated onions are common side dishes to many of our delicious meals, so you’ll be sure to have another serving of some delicious and healthy foods.

Stop by and give the lean and clean diet a try at Ziziki’s because it’s better for your health - it’s science!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Art of a Craft Beer - Dallas Happy Hour

There’s nothing like enjoying a unique craft beer - perfect for a special occasion or even just after a long day. 

Locations around the globe embrace their own craft beers because they’re different than the rest. What makes craft brewed beers different is their small, independent and traditional attitude – they’re not mainstream and they refuse be. It’s the taste of 'hard work' and a 'job-well-done'.
Almost as unique as the beers are the brewers themselves, because of their drive to create something that won’t be commercial. There can be much disdain for the 'Big Three brewers', which opens the doors for the everyday man to brew something to his fitting.
Craft brewing isn’t a job to make ends meet. It’s an art - and a craft that is carefully honed through years of experimentation and risk. They are to be savored and enjoyed with family and friends.
So enjoy them! 

We’re now carrying new lines of craft brewed beers ranging from Katy, Texas all the way to Stephen’s Point, Wisconsin. While many are offered in traditional 12 oz. long neck bottles, you’ll be surprised at how delicious a craft brewed beer can taste from a can. 

Craft beer not your style? Check out our menu for our exclusive Dallas Happy Hour - and learn why we are the best Happy Hour in town!
Stop by, join us, and celebrate hard work with a craft brewed beer.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Greek's Love Celebrating Brunch

Greeks are known to brag on how many things can tie back to Greek culture – but one of our favorites… doesn’t. Brunch is not native to Greece, but can be enjoyed by Greeks nonetheless!
Brunch is a common meal across the globe and is a popular meal choice for locals to choose when dining out on the weekends and as your best Dallas Greek Restaurant, we like to think we put our own spin on it!

The combination of breakfast and lunch to create “brunch” opens wide the opportunities to mix and match different entrée options. While eggs may seem only suitable for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch – both are acceptable in a brunch.
Brunch is a common meal to celebrate special occasions with, so if you or a loved one is celebrating a birthday or an event – join us in celebration for brunch!
We’ve got a wide variety of wines (both Greek and non-Greek) and craft beers that will allow you to taste the delicacy that is the Greek food culture.
After multiple nominations as the BEST BRUNCH in Dallas and many restaurant reviews, we take great pride in what we offer for brunch. So join us and celebrate your next brunch occasion at Ziziki’s! Opa!

If you haven't already - you can vote here!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Role of Meals in Greek History

Dining in Greece isn’t just a time to get together for a meal - it’s an experience!  And at Ziziki's - it doesn't get more authentic - both the Greek cuisine and the Greek atmosphere. Opa!

The cornerstone of Greek cuisine is large dinners shared between friends and family alike.

This spirit transcends the delicious breads, meats and vegetables - it embodies the true essence of what it means to be Greek. In Greece, how food is prepared is nearly as much as a conversation as what’s shared over dinner. It’s not unusual to hear multiple strong opinions on how to prepare various meats and what ingredients add the most flavor!

Everyone, from the local market to the coastal fishermen, all have great suggestions and experience.

It’s part of the reason that Greek culture embodies so many distinct different dishes and options. Greece is a very difficult place to grow crops and produce yet ironically food is nearly a full-blown obsession.

So how did Greek dishes become so well-known with poor agriculture and so many options? Simply put, because meals in Greece are more than just meals. Grecians work hard throughout the day, perfecting their crafts up until its time to come together and share memories. The Greek obsession with food is little about food, it’s about family. 

Greek food is based on a simple, balance meal using a large portion of either lamb, fish or chicken, delicate cheeses, fresh tomatoes and vegetables all accented by a delicious and soft glass of wine.

Join our family and dine with your friends for a true Greek cuisine experience!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Greek Salads - Diverse and Delicious

Greek salads are as diverse and delicious as Greek wines. Salads are often eaten alongside the main dishes and rarely contain lettuce - instead, Greek salads are garnishes with beans, olives, dressings and fresh vegetables. So eat like a Greek native and enjoy some of these hearty Mediterranean salads.

Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken Some delicious chicken accented with fresh broccoli and tomatoes, chopped into small pieces, makes for a hearty Greek salad. Enjoy this dish with pita bread and hummus.

Smokey Eggplant Grilled Salad - Have you ever tasted grilled eggplant? It’s delicious! The mellow taste of eggplant is balanced by smokey paprika, vinegar and a light dressing.

Chickpea Salad - Add to the Mediterranean flavor of a Greek salad by adding chickpeas and ranch to a lettuce-less salad. If ranch isn’t your choice, this salad is just as tasty with a tangy vinaigrette.

Other great treats to try alongside Greek salads are baked parmesan tomato slices.

Feel free to step outside your comfort zone when experimenting with Mediterranean salads and open your tastebuds to the delicious salads made without lettuce. Stop by and give our Greek salads a taste for a truly authentic taste of Greece cuisine.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Celebrate Dad With Dallas Best Mediterannean Brunch

Father's Day is this Sunday - the 16th of May! Treat your Dad to an extra special event this Father's Day: The ritual of Ziziki's!  Bring the family and celebrate Dad at all three Ziziki's locations with Dallas' best Sunday Brunch.
Father's Day Brunch Event 2013 
You'll begin by enjoying a complimentary glass of champagne or a Mimosa. Then, choose from a flavorful selection of your favorite Ziziki's Greek cuisine items: Spanakopita, Dolmades, Mediterranean Salad, Greek Island Chicken, or Rigatoni with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce.

Plus these signature brunch items will be featured... 
  • Mediterranean Shrimp 
  • House Smoked Salmon with Bagels & Herbed Cream Cheese 
  • Buttermilk Pancakes with Honey Cinnamon Syrup 
  • Greek Scrambled Eggs with Feta Cheese & Basil 
  • Roasted Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Sauce 
  • Ya Ya Katina's Baklava

3 seatings at 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm 
$24.95 per person

Reservations accepted for any size party.  Ziziki's regular dinner menu will also be offered. 

Celebrate DAD! OPA! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ziziki's Nominated Best Brunch in Dallas

We're in it to win it! We are proud to announce that we have once again been nominated for WFAA-List Best of Dallas and CityVoter's Best Brunch.

With Dallas award-winning brunch - and best Greek and Mediterranean fare - we know we can win it if you help us get the word out. We've been runner up SEVERAL years in a row now - and we know - 2013 is our year to Win!

Help us if you will - win DALLAS BEST BRUNCH on WFAA-List Best of Dallas!

Click here to vote for us on WFAA-List Best of Dallas!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Springtime Spanakopita

Spring is a special time in Greek culture; it’s full of tradition and celebrations, as well as unique and tantalizing dishes.

One of the most popular springtime Greek dishes is spanakopita, or greek spinach pie.

Stuffed with spinach, onions, cheese and herbs that are covered gently in flaky dough, spanakopita is a cornerstone of the proud Greek food history… and they are delicious to boot!

One of the things that makes this spinach pie pastry so delicious is that it is wrapped in a phyllo (pronounced
fie-lo") dough and baked until it is crispy. The pastry is often golden brown in color and enhanced by butter and egg yolk.

The spanakopita is also very adaptable and can be enjoyed as a meal or as a snack. There are also vegan or “lite” versions of spanakopita that meet criteria for religious fasts or other traditional celebrations.

Stop by and enjoy our Greek “spinach pie” or apanakopita and give 'a go' at pronouncing it - oh,
and don’t worry, we’ll help! It’s a delicious appetizer for an enjoyable afternoon on our patio with
a glass of wine and soaking up the long-awaited warm weather. Opa!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Planning A Trip To Greece

Relax and celebrate a year’s worth of hard work by experiencing Greece this Spring and Summer!

Although the peak travel season for people to visit Greece falls later in the Summer within July to August—you won’t miss any of the beautiful warm weather if you come earlier. Perhaps, NOW!?

Spring is an excellent time to visit the islands of Greece. Make sure to stop and experience the Halkidiki peninsula off of the north-mainland coast. The Aegean islands offer some of the most breathtaking views and spectacular beaches that picturesque the sea as though it was painted in watercolors shortly before your visit. By visiting Greece earlier than July, you’ll be able to avoid some of the main flow of tourism traffic that Greece experiences – which leads to higher room rates and more expensive packages.

Plan ahead. 

Save money. 


The weather in late Spring is breezy and cool because the islands are slowly waking up from cold winters. 

No time to travel just yet? Or does this not fit the budget? Come discover Greece right NOW by visiting us here at Ziziki’s for authentic Greek Cuisine. Or visit us at The Greek at One Arts Plaza - we can mimic the 'Greek breeze' on our patio.

We offer a wide-variety of authentic Greek dishes that will have you resting back in your chair listening for the seagulls that gather around Greek docks... OPA!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Perfect Wine List?

What would your perfect wine list look like?

If you were to go into a restaurant and pick up the wine list, what would you like to find?

For almost twenty years, Mary and Costa Arabatzis - owners of Ziziki's - have exhibited their passion for wine in their award winning wine list at Zizikis Dallas Restaurants.

With an eclectic selection of wine from around the world, Zizikis is renowned for its fabulous wine selection. What should you look for in a great wine list? Here's some things we look for:

A good number of wine-by-the-glass offerings. We offer over 40! Everything from casual to more interesting selections.

A long list with a great selection of diverse wines with diverse pricing. With over 100 selections on our list, our goal has been to find the best boutique wines for our list at the best possible price.

Awards and accolades - everyone likes to be recognized. Zizikis is proud to have been awarded Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for our wine list. According to Wine Spectator, 'Award of Excellence winners offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the restaurant's menu offerings. Typically, these lists offer at least 100 selections.' What's not to love about that?

But don't take our word for it! Bring a wine-loving-friend to check out our award winning wine list and enjoy a night out at Zizikis. Opa!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dallas Best Brunch - Celebrate Easter and Spring

Treat your Mom to an extra special event this Mother's Day: The ritual of Ziziki's!  Bring the family and celebrate your Mother at all three Ziziki's locations with Dallas' best Sunday Brunch.
Mother's Day Brunch Event 2013 
You'll begin by enjoying a complimentary glass of champagne or a Mimosa. Then, choose from a flavorful selection of your favorite Ziziki's items: Spanakopita, Dolmades, Mediterranean Salad, Greek Island Chicken, or Rigatoni with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce.

Plus these signature brunch items will be featured... 
  • Mediterranean Shrimp 
  • House Smoked Salmon with Bagels & Herbed Cream Cheese 
  • Buttermilk Pancakes with Honey Cinnamon Syrup 
  • Greek Scrambled Eggs with Feta Cheese & Basil 
  • Roasted Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Sauce 
  • Ya Ya Katina's Baklava

3 seatings at 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm 
$24.95 per person

Reservations accepted for any size party.  Ziziki's regular dinner menu will be offered on Easter evening. 

Celebrate MOM! OPA! 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Enjoy a Greek Coffeehouse Experience

Few things sound better than a coffee drink poured over chilly ice on a warm, summer day in Texas. Whether it be sitting outdoors at a Starbucks or your local coffee shop, there’s something relaxing (and tasty) about iced coffees, especially the frappé coffee.

After being invented on accident by coffee makers in the city of Thessaloniki, it soon evolved into a hallmark of Greek coffee culture, and is enjoyed by Greeks and foreign tourists alike.

Frappé coffee is very popular in Greece and is starting to emerge an alternative to sugar-heavy frappuccino and cappuccinos at chain coffee stores.

When a representative from Nestlé visited Thessaloniki for a trade fair, he came promoting a new chocolate-flavored beverage aimed at children that was made by adding milk and powder into a cocktail shaker and shaking it. One afternoon, an employee from Nestlé who had seen the presentation was in search for a way to enjoy his coffee. With no hot water on hand, he mixed instant coffee with cold water and ice cubes and shook it up. This experiment led to what Nestlé deems its “most popular drink in all of Greece.”

So how can you make your own frappé coffee and taste the history of Greece in your own home? It’s simple. Add a couple teaspoons of your favorite instant coffee with sugar (to taste) and a small amount of water to a cocktail shaker. The foam that comes as a result of the heavy shaking should be poured into a tall glass and over ice cubes – best served with a straw. Opa!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

How the GREEKS Perfected Wine

Summer wines can be a delicious addition to any summer time meal. Isn’t it nice to sit outside, dine on the patio in warmer weather, enjoy decadent food and sip on a delicate red or white wine while enjoying the company of friends or family?

Wine is a great addition to nearly any meal, but do you know some history behind our favorite
(Greek) beverage?

History tells us that Greece is the 2nd oldest wine-producing region in the world. Early records
indicated that grape wine remnants and evidence of squashed grapes to produce wine began
in Greece nearly 6,500 years ago. Early evidence of wine production, potentially dating back to
the third century BC, was found on the Greek island of Crete, one of the largest islands in the
Mediterranean Sea.

The history of wine and Greece intertwine beautifully.
Early Greek physicians like Hippocrates were said to have prescribed wine for their patients
to treat a variety of illnesses. Trade materials often included Greek wines as currency when
bartering for food, livestock or clothing with others. Religious ceremonies included wine for
communal purposes as well as in large gatherings and celebrations with friends and family.

We’d like to think not much has changed.

Celebrate with Ziziki’s Restaurant for your next special occasion and taste the delicacy of Greek
wine like the popular Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Greece’s first vineyards or try and of our other
popular wines.

So - join us in “studying” history. We’ll have a glass waiting for you.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Celebrating the Mediterranean Diet

A recent Spanish medical study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that a diet full of low-fat “Mediterranean” items can drastically reduce your risk for heart disease and a variety of other heart related illnesses.

So what does this mean? It means that the Mediterranean diet is good for you - and that Ziziki's, Ziziki's Taverna and The Greek One Arts are EXCELLENT choices for lunch and dinner! Opa!

The study revealed that the participants of the study experience a near 30 percent drop in risk for major cardiovascular problems. How many of us would be comforted by a 30 percent decrease in risk? I know we would.

The “Mediterranean Diet” isn’t a new fad but a long-researched (and ancient) meal planning method used by many in the Mediterranean region. It consists of eating fresh food on a more regular basis, including fish, grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

The Mediterranean Diet is based on eating less “meats & sweets” and deciding to choose more
fibrous carbs and healthier proteins. Of course, everything should be portion-controlled.

Mayo Clinic suggests that while eating according to the Mediterranean Diet you should use herbs and spices instead of salt to season your entrees while remembering to replace butter with healthy fats and oils.

The best part of the Mediterranean Diet is that it leaves room for one of our favorite meal
accents, wine! The diet suggests drinking red wine in moderation while limiting your intake of red meat.

Stop by and sample our wide variety of wines from all across the globe and embrace a healthier
diet and a healthier you.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Is Here - Demeter Style

Who can we thank for Spring? According to ancient Greeks, it'd be Demeter. Demeter, is actually a major Greek goddess, even though we don't hear about her as much as we do even some of the lesser gods and goddesses from ancient Greece.

She was the daughter of the Titans Rhea and Chronus. So in Percy Jackson terms, she'd have been sister to the BIG THREE, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. She's symbolized by the 'horn of plenty' (Cornucopia? Hunger games anyone?) and was pretty much in charge of agriculture and fertility. All things that represent Spring and renewal.

Her daughter - Persephone, was kidnapped by Hades. In return, she forbade all plant life and growth while he held her prisoner. Once she was released, the green leaves and grasses resumed growth. So from this story, it was believed that Spring occurred when Persephone left the underworld, and Hades, and was returned to her mother for a short time.

Image and content from Ancient History.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Taking Cues From Ancient Greek Culinary Tradition

Even in modern times, we look for cues from our ancestors for culture, tradition, and culinary know-how. And even now, in Athens, Greece - there are those who thrive learning to cook and eat like the ancient Greeks did at this foodie-lovers workshop where meals are prepared using the same ingredients as the ancient Greeks used, and then a state fair-style sampling of their recipes.

[Andrew Dalby, Food Historian]:
"It was the center of ancient life as it can still be the center of life now. If we take our life and if we take our family seriously, eating can still be the center. It certainly was to them."

Being the premier Dallas Greek Restaurant, we know for sure that the main staples in Greek cuisine are olives, olive oil, parsley, oregano, honey, fish and bread, - and have been for centuries. We also know how healthy Mediterranean dishes are - considering the longevity of Greek people.

Some distinct differences between ancient times and modern were pointed out, however - such as the fact that ancient Greeks didn't eat much meat.

[Andrew Dalby, Food Historian]:
"Meat was not a big item in the ancient diet - and perhaps not so much in the modern diet as in some other countries, but people are getting more and more interested in meat, which is not necessarily good for us."

The three main meals of modernity were observed in old days, though - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast was a bit different, with wine and bread being the fare.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Luck Of The Greeks?

Go green in Greece! Of course, St. Patrick was obviously Irish, and never lost his love of his Emerald isle for the ones in Greece, but there is a large Greek-Irish community in Greece, as well as Irish pubs all round several cities in Greece. Celebrations are imminent.

But what do you really need for a proper St. Patty's day celebration? Beer. Try FIX1864 Greek beer - (the original, royal beer of Greece since 1864!) you can rest easy that there will be some pinching, good luck, and all the rest - in Greece - as there is here in the U.S.

Can't get to Athens? If you wanted to try the Greek beer and enjoy some Greek cuisine on St. Patty's day - visit any of our Ziziki's restaurant locations or pop in to Ziziki's Taverna in Addison. Of course, if you want to have ANY beer or even wine - our night scene is wonderful at all locations, with a fully stocked bar and wine list.

So - enjoy the night, wear your green, and toast away! In Greece, the Irish version of "Cheers", "Slainte" is acctually translated a bit - to "Yasou!" or "Yamas!"

We'll just keep it simple here - and say, "OPA!"

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Evolution of Greek Cuisine

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
Don’t we know it! Greece has always been world famous for its fabulous cuisine. Being at the crossroads between east and west, Greek cuisine has been infused with the best of both worlds. Preparing and enjoying Greek fare, anywhere in the world, is an adventurous journey into the cradle of civilization and the land of the Gods of Olympus.

Initially, Greek dishes began to take on influences of other cultures as far back as 350 BC when Alexander the Great extended the Greek Empire through Europe to India. In 146 BC, Greece fell to the Romans, resulting in a fusion of Roman and Greek influences. Centuries later Greece fell to the Turks in 1453 and was part of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years. It’s not surprising then that some classic Greek dishes still have Turkish names.

With each successive invasion and settlement came more culinary influence, including Venetian, Balkan, Slav and English, resulting in a cross pollination of culinary influences and adaptations.

Many ingredients used in modern Greek cooking were unknown in Greece until the middle ages. Ingredients like the potato, tomato, spinach, bananas, among others, came to Greece after the discovery of the Americas – their origin.

But always, the main ingredient you will find in just about every Greek dish is olive oil. Olive oil is the energy food that fueled a splendid civilization in ancient times, and the one item that even today, every Greek restaurant or home cannot be without.

Though cultural overlapping may be obvious to chefs working in Mediterranean cuisine, these influences have occurred over thousands of years, making what we now consider to be Greek pretty straight forward. In fact, while Greek cooking has influenced and been influenced by other cultures, of all of those cultures, Greece ranks highest when it comes to the concept of "fusion" cuisine.

Fun Facts:

-The first cookbook was written by the Greek food gourmet, Archestratos, in 330 B.C.!  Obviously cooking has always been of utmost importance in Greek society.
-Modern chefs owe the tradition of their tall, white chef's hat to the Greeks. In the middle ages, monastic brothers who prepared food in Greek Orthodox monasteries wore tall white hats to distinguish them in their work from the regular monks, who wore large black hats.
Greek food is simple and elegant, with flavors subtle to robust, textures smooth to crunchy, fresh and timeless, nutritious and healthy. Discovering, tasting, and experiencing Greek cuisine is truly one of the joys we can all share. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cupid Calling: Valentine's Dinner Experience

This Valentine's Day - take the one you love and enjoy a dinner of Mediterranean Cuisine fit for the gods.  All Ziziki's locations* will be offering a special for-course menu exclusively designed to provide an extra-special culinary experience. For only $49 per person - you will receive:
  • Appetizer
  • Your choice: Salad
  • Your choice: Entree
  • Dessert

Reservations are recommended. Call us now to reserve your seating.

Featured wine is from Hahn Winery**.
GSM & Chardonnay - $8/glass and $30/bottle

*we invite you to try our newest restaurant The Greek One Arts - they will not be offering this menu on Valentine's Day. 
**featured wine will be available at our Travis Walk and Preston/Forest locations.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Ziziki's AND The Greek features new line of Liquors - The 86 Co.

We are proud to carry all of these at all Ziziki's Restaurants as well as The Greek at One Arts Plaza. Sip on some of our amazing signature cocktails (designed exclusively for Ziziki's and The Greek by Jason Kosmas). These are a new line of distintive spirits - tequila, vodka, gin and rum.

Learn more about these new spirits with this special feature story and The 86 Co. Website.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Perfect Potatoes - Roasted Greek Style

Everyone loves potatoes. And of course, the Greeks know how to make them perfect - every time. This fool-proof recipe is a tried and true tradition of tastiness.   Some handy tips on these potatoes - when cooking, don't worry about overcooking - some extra minutes will just add extra flavor and yumminess. And, you should not skimp on the garlic.

What you'll need:

8 large potatoes, peeled, sliced into large wedges
4 garlic cloves, minced (more is OK! OPA!)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon dried oregano (get the Mediterranean, it's the best!)
1 lemon, juiced 
1/2 cup olive oil
sea salt to taste
fresh coarse ground black pepper to taste

Fire up the oven to 420°F and prepare your baking pan. Pick a large pan, and spray it with a little no-stick spray.  Place all the ingredients into the pan and season with sea salt and black pepper. 
Either with your hands, or some salad tongs - toss everything around to mix it up.  The garlic will form droplets in the water & oil, but those are like little flavor bombs - let them land where they will! This will keep moist flavor without burning. 

Bake at 420°F for 40 minutes.

By this time, a golden-brown crust will appear on the potatoes. This is when you should flip them and season again on the other side. Dash a little oregano at this time too.

If the pan appears to be getting dry, it is OK to add up to 1/2 cup more water and put back into the oven.
Bake other side 40 more minutes.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Greek Lunch In Dallas

We've been having so much fun since opening The Greek at One Arts Plaza, Dallas. It's our newest restaurant concept: pitas, meze and wine - small Greek wonders and larger delicious dishes too - from a pool of your favorite Mediterranean cravings from Ziziki's - Dallas Premier Greek Dining.

It's a little different for us - in that it's in a really hip nightspot and 'urban' area - in the Dallas Arts District - which is a 19-block, 68.4-acre neighborhood in the northeast part of Downtown Dallas. 

And, if our patrons are looking for a full night  or something to do after lunch or dinner - there's GREAT entertainment in this area incuding the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center/Arts District Theater, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center,and so much more.

And - being in the downtown area - we get a GREAT lunch crowd at this location. We also have a hoppin' and happenin' Dallas Happy Hour as well.

Visit One Arts Plaza Online - Click here.  Read their blog here.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Greek Luck In The New Year

In America, and especially in the South, folks scramble to cook up some black eyed peas on New Year's Day - for a bit of luck in the coming year.  Of course - black eyed peas are not a typical part of Greek cuisine. It's a folktale, or superstition - but it's not uncommon and Greece has it's own 'Good luck' traditions for New Year's.

In Greece, the Squill (sea onion) is a common plant - mostly found around the island of Crete. It grows wild and is actually quite disagreeable to some. It's poisonous to animals and can cause a rash if it makes contact with the skin.  It is a unique plant; it will continue to bloom and grow even after it's pulled.

Since the 6th Century BC - The Greeks believe that it's strong survival to grow after being pulled can benefit and be transmitted to people and inanimate objects - so one might find a sea onion hanging in a home or worn around the neck at the New Year.

Visit us at Ziziki's, Ziziki's Taverna, and The Greek -  Dallas Greek Restaurants.  We don't cook with sea onions, by the way. OPA!