GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN 

George's Sports Bar & Grill
Greek/Mediterranean
Entrées $5-$10
West Ashley. 1300 Savannah Hwy. 763-0605
Lunch and Dinner
This hard core sports bar in West Ashley, owned by local character Georgie the Greek, prides itself on serving good Greek food and solid daily specials. Lots of video games surround the mostly black interior of the restaurant, but the Greek chicken, spanakopita, and tzatziki are delicious and especially well-suited to takeout, particularly for those who work close to the Savannah Highway location.

Lana
Greek/Mediterranean
Entrées $10-$15
Downtown. 210 Rutledge Ave. 720-8899
Lunch and Dinner
The folks at Lana have moved into the 'hood and turned a lousy old gas station into a dining room full of rich wood, beautiful lighting, and gorgeous photography, creating a spot of true beauty in the reviving stretch of Spring and Cannon streets. The food is fabulous, too, and the service totally competent, friendly, and educated. The Mediterranean influence is Lana's biggest strength, with homemade pastas that will curl your toes. Don't miss the seafood chowder, the marinated olives, or the seafood penne with spicy red sauce that will make you sweat and be happy for it.

Manny's
Greek/Mediterranean
Entrées $5-$10
West Ashley. 1680 Hwy 171. 763-3908
Lunch and Dinner
Manny's in West Ashley is an old-time favorite, serving up pizzas, great hummus, and Greek classics in a boisterous dining room surrounded by televisions. It's a classic spot for watching the game. Any game, really -- there's a TV at every booth so no one has to negotiate what to watch. Just fight over the important things, like pizza toppings and who gets the most tzatziki on his gyro.

Pa Pa Zu Zu's
Greek/Mediterranean
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 370 King St. 534-1666
Lunch and Dinner
This may well be the tiniest downtown restaurant ever to serve such great food. Ultra-fresh veggies, thick garlicky yogurt sauces, and creamy hummus show up next to 'gyros as big as your head.' Takeout is the best way to go, especially on a spring day with Marion Square just a hundred yards away. Sometimes they deliver, too, but call and make sure.

Pita King
Greek/Mediterranean
Entrées $5-$10
Downtown. 437 King St. 722-1977
Lunch and Dinner
The haunted space on Upper King that was previously Jack's Cosmic Dogs and Turkey King is now home to Pita King. It's a Mediterranean gyro shop to gentiles and something much more important to those who keep kosher. All the meat served in the restaurant is Glatt Kosher, which means that it's inspected extra-carefully and certified by rabbis as appropriate for consumption. The result is that everything Pita King serves is delicious and fresh, from the falafel to the French fries.

Sermet's Corner
Greek/Mediterranean
Entrées $10-$15
Downtown. 276 King St. 853-7775
Lunch and Dinner
Sermet, the artist and owner of this Mediterranean-laced restaurant at the corner of King and Wentworth streets, offers dependably good and reasonably priced dishes with surprising touches like lavender-scented pork tenderloin. The soups are always excellent, and the bar is a fun place to stop for a snack and glass of wine at any time, but especially if you need to meet someone and want to people-watch at the center of all the downtown action while you wait.

Twizt
Greek/Mediterranean
Entrées: $15-20
James Island. 520 Folly Road. 762-4722
Bistro V took over where AngelFish once stood, and Fulton Five owners have shifted gears in the same location to bring us Twizt. The room is beautiful, and most of the food is very good -- the charcuterie, the carpaccio, the gorgonzola salad, the paella -- all clear winners. Have a drink at the classy bar before settling into a tall booth and letting the professional staff take good care of you.

Zeus Grill & Seafood
Greek/Mediterranean
Entrées $10-$15
Mt. Pleasant. 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 388-9992
Lunch and Dinner
Big. Fish. Tank. These are the first three thoughts that run through your mind at Zeus. It's also amusing to catch some of the wait staff as they stare at the mesmerizing aquarium that anchors the dining room, but even more so to stuff yourself on the authentic Greek cuisine. Don't bother with any other part of the menu. If you focus on the spanakopita, hummus, and gyro plates, you'll leave happily chanting Big. Fat. Greek. Me.


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