REVIEW: Kipos – Chapel Hill, NC

A few weeks ago, my friend Liat had her birthday celebration at Kipos Greek Taverna in Chapel Hill. Owner Giorgios Bakatsias also operates Bin 54 and City Kitchen but Kipos is different from Bakatsias’ other restaurants because it reflects his family’s traditions. Kipos means “garden” in Greek and the restaurant feels like just that – a lovely indoor garden. I was equally awed by the decor as I was by the food. 

I was tempted to order two or three appetizers for dinner (grape leaves and vegetable fritters with yogurt sauce, anyone?), but I went for the whole grilled fish, which was served with rice pilaf. The fish was deliciously seasoned and tender. I would definitely recommend it.

PSAROTAVERNA: Whole grilled fish, lemon oil, spanish rice pilaf, vegetables

PSAROTAVERNA: Whole grilled fish, lemon oil, spanish rice pilaf, vegetables

Javier ordered lamb chops, which were presented in a bowl with roasted potatoes. He liked the lamb more than the potatoes, but since these dishes are meant for sharing, others pitched in to help him finish.

The food at Kipos was authentically Greek – Bakatsias’ sister is even the pastry chef. The environment is comfortable, casual and welcoming but the food remains top notch.

PAIDAKIA: Charcoal grilled lamb chops, oregano, potatoes, seasonal vegetables 28.00

PAIDAKIA: Charcoal grilled lamb chops, oregano, potatoes, seasonal vegetables 28.00

As my friend Victoria wrote in IndyWeek, “Most non-Greek palates experience Greece’s food in the form of a pita wrap stuffed with meat and heavy-handed notes of yogurt, dill and garlic. In North Carolina, it’s especially tough to find the subdued nuances of real Greek food, including vegetarian and seafood specialties. With a focus on seasonal, high quality and basic ingredients, Kipos is a welcome exception.”

Victoria is a true connoisseur of Greek food so I recommend reading her full review here.

Kipos has a large selection for vegetarians and vegans as well. The menu is reminiscent of Bakatsias’ Greek culture and includes a variety of options. I enjoyed going with a large group so I could see what everyone’s dish looked like. A few people ordered the moussaka, a traditional Greek soufflé with beef and eggplant. The dessert selection was also tempting and I will definitely be back to try the baklava.

Happy eating!

-Haley

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I am a North Carolina native and I love trying new restaurants. I have a special interest in Middle Eastern food and vegetarian options.

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