Mouthful

Greek Garden now open in Apex

Counter service eatery Greek Garden has opened in the former Yummy Yogurt space in downtown Apex. The menu covers all standards, from pita sandwiches to kebab platters to an assortment of salads and sides including tabbouleh, hummus and baba ghannouj. Early favorites, according to owner Said Slimani, have included the marinated chicken breast pita and the Greek Garden Platter— a veritable feast of grape leaves, hummus, pita, Greek salad, your choice of meat (chicken, Greek meatballs, or lamb-and-beef gyro) and tzatziki for $9.99.

But Slimani, a native of Morocco who has worked in a number of Greek restaurants — including Greek Fiesta in Raleigh and Greek Kouzina in Pittsboro — doesn’t stick exclusively to the Greek classics. The menu also devotes a section to deli sandwiches ranging from roast beef and cheddar to roast turkey on ciabatta. A $4.99 kids’ menu that includes grilled chicken and a vegetarian option offers a welcome alternative to the usual chicken-fingers-or-pizza selection.

Slimani is proud of his pastries (“they’re baked for me by a Turkish lady”), which include a distinctive sweet tooth temptation called Chocolava in addition to the usual walnut and pistachio variations on a baklava theme.

Greek Garden (124 N. Salem St., Apex; 919-267-5280; greekgarden.us) is open Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Slimani says the website should go live any day now.

Greg Cox, the longtime N&O restaurant critic, also covers restaurant news. Tune in to hear his radio show at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WPTF. Reach him at ggcox@bellsouth.net.

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