We paid a first visit to Xios, a Greek bistro in Apex (highway 55, near the junction with 64). We enjoyed the meal very much. The restaurant is sleek and trendy enough for yuppies or dates, but the prices are extremely reasonable, the menu is large and intriguing, and the food is surprisingly good.
The bill came to $50, but we ordered far too much food and left with doggy bags. We could just as well have spent $30 or $35. Be forewarned: the entrees are enormous. Here's what we had:
Avgolemono (lemon-orzo soup). Not the best I've ever had -- in fact, I make the best I've ever had -- but good.
Flaming Saganaki. Flambeed cheese. Strong brandy flavor, but good.
Spanakopita. Exemplary. Very light, not at all greasy. About the best I've ever had.
Moussaka. Rich. Very rich. But delicious.
Lemonato. Pork cutlets in mushroom sauce. This was the least interesting dish of the meal. The cutlets were slightly tough, the sauce was a generic brown wine sauce. It was good, but not so you'd gush about it or order it again.
Galaktoboureko. Phyllo rolls filled with custard. Utterly delicious, the kind of dessert you find yourself daydreaming about.
The website is: www.xioscafe.com.
Again, be forewarned: there's music on Friday nights.