Like a good neighbor, a good local restaurant showers you with food, invites you over for the occasional drink, and doesn't act uncomfortable if you show up naked and on fire. Sample the sweet flavor of hospitality with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine at The Artisan. This Groupon is good for dinner only.
Having materialized only recently in a puff of grill-smoke, The Artisan and its grizzled restaurant veteran, chef Justin Hourani, conjures a menu of Greek and Mediterranean delights out of locally grown, organic produce. An opener of steamed mussels in a tomato garlic sauce with a dash of ouzo ($9) synchronizes taste buds so that they hum harmoniously from the flavor-symphony of the lamb shank, which arrives braised with carrots, potatoes, and vegetables in a red-wine tomato sauce, garnished with rosemary and cinnamon ($17). Diners nursing more hippo-like hungers will leave full after a repast of herbed chicken sautéed in creamy ouzo sauce ($14) or the Alexander, a seasoned chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta and crowned with cheese and tears from the realization that there are no more worlds to conquer ($14). Adventurous vegetarians, meanwhile, can avoid offending their bovine blind date with the veggie mousakas, made with flippant eggplant, zucchini, and potato in a béchamel sauce with grated cheese ($12).
Besides its food, The Artisan prides itself on its vibrant community atmosphere. Locals can ensconce themselves amid the saffron-yellow walls and admire the Technicolor artwork from local artists, request Slayer songs from local musicians on Thursday, and nod their heads to local DJs late on Fridays and Saturdays. The Artisan calendar also makes time for monthly art openings and guest chefs and can accommodate important events such as Mom's birthday, wedding anniversaries, and Super Arbor Day—the day trees come to life and wrestle each other.
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410 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603Get Directions