Jamie Kuntz, A&E Editor
Recently, I’ve overheard a lot of my friends complaining about the tragic lack of good Greek food in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In a previous article I sang the praises of Terra, the Mediterranean restaurant off of MacArthur Boulevard, but a lot of its food is out of the average college student’s price range. Though the Vine Greek Taverna is a bit of a drive away from campus, the cheaper food and the lovely ambience make it completely worth it.
The Vine is a small, family-owned restaurant – the very friendly owners work both as cooks and waitstaff. The hours are a bit strange (11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and only 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday), and the restaurant tends to close up a bit early if there’s nobody there, so make sure you get there during the beginning of each shift. In fact, the earlier you go, the better – a lot of the food is difficult and time-consuming to make, like the spanakopita (a delicious, flaky pastry filled with spinach and feta), so sometimes it will run out. If you get there early, there’s a better chance that you’ll get exactly what you want.
The tzatziki there is some of the best I’ve had outside of Greece – you can order it as an appetizer, and it is served with pita bread. You can also order hummus, dolmades (grape leaves) or keftedes (Greek meatballs). If you can’t decide on an appetizer (that’s always my problem), you can always get the Tria – a selection of any three appetizers of your choice. If you’re not into any of those appetizers, you can always order a delicious Greek salad.
Now, I’m always a sucker for ordering a gyro as the main course. When I ordered one at The Vine, the thick slices of gyro meat, tzatziki, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and red onion rolled in delicious pita bread immediately reminded me of my favorite gyro shop in Delphi. I ordered mine with a side of Greek fries, which were tossed in feta and herbs and went marvelously with the tzatziki.
Aside from the other delicious main courses, including the pastitsio (a Greek lasagna) and the moussaka, there are tons of vegetarian options. There’s a veggie pita, filled with haloumi cheese and grilled veggies, and something called Thea’s Meze, a combination of all the vegetarian dishes on the menu that serves two to three people (or one very, very hungry person).
The Vine also serves three different kinds of Cypriot wine and a Greek beer that many of the patrons of the restaurant rave about. For dessert, there are several different options, but I will always suggest the Vine’s baklava, a flaky pastry that is drenched with honey and filled with nuts. There’s also a cheesecake for those who are allergic to nuts.
The Vine is a pretty small restaurant, so don’t go with a huge group of people – one or two of your closest, hungriest friends will be enough. If you’re interested in knowing more about the restaurant, or want to see if it serves your favorite Greek delicacy, check out its Facebook page
The Vine Greek Taverna / 2078 W. 7th Street / Fort Worth, Tx 76017