Acropolis Café & Grille
20659 Catawba Ave.
Cornelius, NC 28031
Nestled on the north side of town, Acropolis Café & Grille serves Mediterranean specials family style. Vegetarian falafel to teis spaghetti pie are served with warmth to the Lake Norman community. For pizza lovers, Acropolis and Grecian pizzas put Mediterranean flavors onto a pie. Acropolis also offers a discount card for frequent visitors to use toward breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also check out Greek beers including Mythos and Marathon, and Greek dessert wines such as Anthemis (butterscotch, molasses and honey flavors).
Blue Restaurant and Bar
206 N. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Blue provides an award-winning Mediterranean menu in Uptown Charlotte. Featuring a late-night bar menu and happy hour specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Blue presents unique dishes with traditional Greek flavors. Try the flavors of the Mediterranean appetizer with everything from tapenade, baba ghanoush, white bean and parmigiano-reggiano salad to Amaretto and dark chocolate ricotta cheesecake with salted caramel sauce for dessert. Executive chef Gene Briggs also offers cooking classes for patrons who are especially inspired by Blue’s cuisine.
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Greek Isles Restaurant
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Greek Isles Restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean to the South End neighborhood. Menu dishes categorized into chicken, steaks and chops, and traditional specialties bring Greece to Charlotte. For a sampling of specials, try the pikilia taste of Greece, which includes mousaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, gyro, dolmades, pita and tzatziki for $16.95. Salads, pastas and cold entrees are also available for a unique taste. Greek Isles offers a variety of imported beer to accompany dishes, including Greek, Dutch, Mexican and German brews.
7828 Rea Road, Suite B
Charlotte, NC 28277
Kabob’s two locations keep Mediterranean food nearby and convenient. Appetizers such as talanji, potato harra and mihammara are served for $7 to $10. Proceed with a choice of more than 10 sides and a kabob or pita for a fulfilling Greek food fix. Finish off the meal with a swig of Turkish coffee for $4 to $6. Lunch specials bring favorite dishes, such as the vegetarian combo, at affordable prices from $8 to $13. Kabob keeps menu options kid-friendly with chicken nuggets and french fries for children younger than 10 as well.
Landmark Restaurant Diner
4429 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
An extensive menu and appearance on “Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives,” put Landmark on the map. The diner serves homemade desserts and Greek classics until 1 a.m. with friendly, quick service. Between daily specials, diner favorites and Mediterranean delights, it will take some additional time to surf the meal options. Homemade bread is brought to each table, with tiramisu and black tuxedo cake viewable in the dessert case upon entry. Make sure to plan accordingly for this trip, as Landmark is also known for large plate portions at a reasonable cost.
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