Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Safely sample another land's cuisine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Greek and American fare at Spartacus Restaurant in Durham.
The chefs at Spartacus Restaurant sate appetites with a menu stuffed to the margins with traditional Greek cuisine and classic American fare. Like a soap opera, the moussaka is deeply layered, showcasing béchamel-soaked eggplant, tomato sauce, and ground beef ($14.95). Diners can dig into hearty lamb and veggie shish kebabs ($16.95) or experience the meaty trio of gyro meat, pork, and chicken souvlaki on a bed of rice ($14.95). Platters of falafel ($11.95) and spinach pie ($12.95) allow vegetarians and closet carnivores to sharpen their fangs in preparation for the day when veggies start fighting back.
With a full bar, live music, an outdoor patio, and belly dancing every Friday, Spartacus Restaurant emulates Greek eateries of old, right down to the trireme battles held in the parking lot on rainy days.
In 1978, Kyriakos Kalfas and his wife Ralitsa opened Spartacus Restaurant in Huntington, New York, taking after Ralitsa’s father, who had opened a cafeteria in Winston-Salem after returning home from WWII. In the early '90s, the Kalfas were drawn back to North Carolina and opened their own establishment in Durham. Since then, the restaurant’s menu has continued to pique appetites and garner praise—its tzatziki-covered lamb kebabs and flaming saganaki helped the eatery earn a Best of the Triangle award from Indy Week in 2013. Guests can enjoy a relaxing evening in the elegant, yet casual dining room. Private rooms are available.
4139 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
Durham, North Carolina 27707-2502