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Papas Grill: Durham

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Papas Grill: Durham

Sant | Feb 17, 2006 01:10 PM

We have eaten here three times now, most recently being Valentine's Day lunch, and it is definitely one of the finer restaurants in Durham, indeed the Triangle. IMO it is only a small step below Mag Grill and Four Square and surpasses Vin Rougue, Pop's, George's Garage, Tosca and other good restaurants in Durham. At our last meal we had a wonderful bowl of butternut squash bisque to start. I had the perfectly pan roasted salmon with a melange of vegetables, beans, and marinated cabbage in a mustard cream sauce as my entree. My wife had a shrimp and crab tart, also with the tangy cabbage. This place serves outstanding food with a foundation in Greek cuisine but the chef is obviously trained at a culinary school and doesn't mind venturing into other flavors and techniques. Also, don't let its location in a strip mall on Hillandale Rd. near the I85 exit fool you. Inside, the ambiance is a relaxing semi-formal without being stuffy and pretentious. It was obvious that they have a regular clientele of long-time Durhamites who provide them steady business and keep this place a hidden gem for themselves. Put this place on your must try list.

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