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I’ve never been to Greece, but I love Greek food. It began with a passion for my aunt’s Baklava and morphed into an obsession for all things Mediterranean in my college years thanks to some friends who traveled overseas with Harding University’s study abroad program. Greek food is colorful and loaded with vibrant flavors, fresh ingredients and rich Mediterranean heritage. The use of high-quality olive oil, fresh veggies, lean meats and aromatic herbs creates a perfect balance of taste and nutrition.
Fortunately, you don’t have to travel across oceans and time zones to get your fix of popular dishes like moussaka, souvlaki, gyros and tzatziki. These quintessential dishes are available at Greek and Mediterranean restaurants across the state. In Arkansas, we’re lucky to have a growing appreciation for the flavors of Greece. From cozy family-run establishments to modern eateries, there’s a diverse array of options to satisfy your cravings. Whether you’re in the heart of Little Rock, the charming streets of Fayetteville or anywhere in between, here are some Greek restaurants across the state where you can experience the authentic taste of the Mediterranean.
Leo’s Greek Castle is a Little Rock institution that has been serving up delicious Greek and American fare in a casual diner setting since 1974. Their menu features a wide variety of dishes, from juicy burgers and hand-cut fries to savory gyros and traditional Greek platters. Their most popular menu items include the Leo Burger, topped with grilled onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, the Moussaka, and the Falafel Wrap. And don’t overlook their fabulous breakfast items which are served all day on Saturday and Sunday. With its friendly atmosphere, generous portions, and affordable prices, Leo’s Greek Castle is a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.
Greek House is a family-owned Searcy staple, serving up delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu features a variety of popular dishes, including gyros, falafel, hummus, pimento cheese, and margherita flatbread. The sweet potato fries with marshmallow cream and pecans are a house favorite.
Kosmos Greekafe just celebrated eighteen years in Fayetteville and offers a taste of authentic Greece with a casual counter-serve setting. Their menu boasts a wide selection of familiar Greek fare, including savory gyros and souvlaki plates, both served with pita bread and house-made vinaigrette. For a lighter option, their salads come packed with fresh ingredients, while their spreads, like hummus and tzatziki, perfectly complement their warm pita bread. For those seeking heartier meals, Kosmos offers specialties like moussaka and their vegetarian-friendly falafel wrap.
Partovi’s Gyros and Falafel mobile truck serves up delicious Greek fare with a focus on fresh ingredients and traditional cooking methods. They are open for lunch and early dinner most weekdays but may adjust their hours depending on the weather, so always check before heading out.
Foodies Restaurant & Grill is a family-owned restaurant that serves traditional Greek cuisine and American favorites. The restaurant is known for its fresh, made-to-order food. From their signature Traditional Lamb Gyros to their Homemade Onion Straw Burger, everything is made from scratch. Other favorites include hand-cut Olympus Fries, Greek Salad and hearty Zuppa Toscana. They are committed to the community and donate unused food to local food banks.
Zary’s Acropolis has been a Bentonville staple since 1987, with a menu that features both familiar and adventurous dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their most sought-after options are the Gyros Platter, piled high with seasoned meat, fresh vegetables, and creamy tzatziki sauce on warm pita bread; the Greek Omelet, a fluffy three-egg masterpiece stuffed with gyro meat and feta cheese; and the Moussaka, a savory layering of eggplant, ground lamb, and creamy béchamel sauce.
Paizi’s Gyros is a food truck turned restaurant located in Fort Smith. They offer traditional appetizers like Baba Ghanouj and Spanakopita and an array of pita sandwiches, bowls and salads. Don’t miss out on their incredible baklava for a sweet finish to your meal.
Santorini Greek Restaurant in Hot Springs, Arkansas, transports diners to the Mediterranean with its authentic Greek cuisine and vibrant atmosphere. Their menu features popular dishes and some unexpected favorites. For a taste of home cooking, the Avgolemono Soup, a classic Greek lemon chicken soup, is a must-try.
Athens Restaurant in Jonesboro opened in August 2023 and is one of the newest Greek establishments in the state. They are quickly becoming a favorite with their wide range of dishes, from tender grilled meats and zesty salads to fresh fish and syrupy pastries.
The International Greek Food Festival is one of Arkansas’s longest-running and best food festivals, and it usually happens in the fall in Little Rock. Watch their website and Facebook page for upcoming dates and details.
As you can see, the diverse array of Greek restaurants across the state ensures that a taste of the Mediterranean is never too far away. Embark on a delicious journey through Arkansas and discover the warmth and authenticity that Greek food brings to our tables.
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