OPA!!! You know, I really like Greek food, but I rarely eat it. The saganaki is always a treat for the family, you can’t go wrong with kabobs, and any cuisine that highlights lamb can’t be bad. There’s lots of great olive oil and herbs I love and feta and more. Why, oh, why do I hardly venture out to a Greek restaurant then? And why have I never been to Durham’s Spartacus Restaurant, which has been open for 17 years and is the subject of Greg Cox’s review this Friday? I can come up with a lot of excuses. I don’t get over to Durham all that much anyway. Hell, I don’t get out to eat that much, period (except for lunch). And when I’m craving a food, it’s probably not the simple, classic style of cooking that is Greek food (except for the occasional lunchtime gyro, but even that’s not something I do all that much).
Anyhow, I suspect Spartacus has lasted for nearly 2 decades because it’s good, high value food. It’s a place where the owners value the customers. It’s not because of it’s location, in the old South Square area on the Chapel Hill side of Durham, nestled by a Target and a Sam’s Club (or maybe that is a reason for its success, with all the traffic in the area). Maybe it’s because of their belly dancer, Paola. I might give the place a try on a Friday night just for that!
I also think that Greg Cox will have liked Spartacus. Maybe not loved it, but a strong like. So the question ultimately comes to this: is Spartacus a 3 star place, or does it get that extra half star? My head tells me that it’s just 3, but for some reason, I’m leaning towards that 3.5 star review. I could chicken out and give them both the same odds, but I’m not going to do that. Here we go:
5 stars — 100 to 1
4.5 stars – 25 to 1
4 stars — 3 to 1
3.5 stars — 7 to 5
3 stars — 6 to 5
2.5 stars — 5 to 2
2 stars — 5 to 1
1.5 stars — 8 to 1
1 star — 23 to 1
Yeah, I really went out on a limb with those odds. Anyhow, what’s your prediction? And do I need to get over to Durham?
Edit, December 10, 2010: Argh! I really missed on this one, as Greg Cox gave Spartacus 2.5 stars. I’m losing my touch. Or I’m getting lazier by not doing any research on this place.