The Flavors of Greece

August 1, 2017

greek restaurantsBehind the façade of many restaurants in Cumberland County, there is a story of a hard-working immigrant family. This area, just like the rest of the country, experienced an influx of European immigrants in the early 20th century. Many of those arriving from Greece took their culinary know-how and established restaurants, with the first Greek business being the Busy Bee Café on Market Square. This September, Fayetteville’s large Greek community, along with thousands of visitors, will gather to celebrate (and eat really well) at the 27th Annual Greek Fest. Even if you don’t attend the festival, you can still experience the flavors of Greece at several restaurants.

Agora Restaurant

The newest Mediterranean restaurant to hit the scene here is this little gem, located in one of downtown’s prettiest buildings. Agora is an ancient Greek word that means “a gathering place,” the perfect description for this charming eatery. Patrons may choose from authentic Greek and Turkish cuisine, with their gyros and kebabs representing the best of both worlds.
Tip: Make sure to save room after the meal for the Greek baklava pastry and Turkish coffee.

Alberto’s Restaurant

This restaurant’s owner spent 25 years learning how to cook traditional Greek dishes at a New York restaurant. Now he and his family enjoy serving their own customers some of the classics. Diners especially enjoy the moussaka, an eggplant dish made with béchamel sauce, and the pastitsio, the Greek version of lasagna.
Tip: Dine in, or have Alberto’s delivered to your hotel or residence through FayToGo.com.

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For a casual lunch or a fine-dining experience, this downtown restaurant never fails to impress its diners with its savory dishes and gluten-free options. The owner draws his inspiration for the menu from the Mediterranean region, Greece and Turkey included. The daily specials rotate, dependent on the season, but you can always count on mainstays, like lamb and dolma.
Tip: Order the Mediterranean Feast for a tantalizing spread of Sherefé’s best dishes.

Zorba’s Gyro on a Spit

The Frangakis family has been running this Fayetteville mainstay since 1974. One of the most popular items on the menu is the gyro, of course, but the locals also frequent this eatery for classic American diner fare, especially breakfast. Besides the Fayetteville site, you will also find a Zorba’s near Fort Bragg and one in the Town of Hope Mills.
Tip: Eat like a local on Wednesdays for only $5 when you order the spaghetti.

Interested in learning more about the upcoming Greek Fest? Read about that, plus other upcoming cultural festivals, on “International Festival Season.” Discover plenty more festivals and visitor-friendly events on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) Calendar of Events. The FACVB also offers our visitors a great tourist tool in the form of the International Cuisine Trail, where you can take your pick from 32 foodie destinations.

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