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Old 01-18-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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I hope this isn't opening a can of worms but, any thoughts regarding Greek Orthodox Churches in Dallas?

Google tells me there are two Greek Orthodox churches in the Dallas metroplex, Holy Trinity and St. John.

I feel like for the population of Dallas, there should be more Greek Orthodox churches. Can you recommend any others?

Also, what is the general character of each of these Greek Orthodox churches?
(i.e. in Baltimore we have three, and each has a very different personality - one is more blue collar in the heart of Greektown with a lot of Greek speakers, parking can be a small challenge when the small lot fills, and the church is the tiniest of the three; the second is in the suburbs with a younger white collar crowd, English is mostly spoken there, the church is more modern, and parking is a snap; the third is a lovely hybrid of old and new school, always tons of events, the church has traditional charm, but city parking can be an absolute nightmare).
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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There are several other Orthodox churches in North Texas. St. Seraphim in Oak Lawn (Dallas), St. Barbara in Fort Worth, and St. Maximus in Denton

St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral - Home

St. Maximus the Confessor Orthodox Mission - Local Orthodox Churches

Saint Barbara Orthodox Church |
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
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I hope this isn't opening a can of worms but, any thoughts regarding Greek Orthodox Churches in Dallas?

Google tells me there are two Greek Orthodox churches in the Dallas metroplex, Holy Trinity and St. John.

I feel like for the population of Dallas, there should be more Greek Orthodox churches. Can you recommend any others?

Also, what is the general character of each of these Greek Orthodox churches?
(i.e. in Baltimore we have three, and each has a very different personality - one is more blue collar in the heart of Greektown with a lot of Greek speakers, parking can be a small challenge when the small lot fills, and the church is the tiniest of the three; the second is in the suburbs with a younger white collar crowd, English is mostly spoken there, the church is more modern, and parking is a snap; the third is a lovely hybrid of old and new school, always tons of events, the church has traditional charm, but city parking can be an absolute nightmare).
There are three in the Metroplex (well, 4 if you count the one in Denton, but I don't know if that's "Greek Orthdox" or not). Holy Trinity is in Dallas and is wealthier (and "flashier" if that makes any sense, which can be good or bad, depending). St. John is in Euless and is more "blue collar", they have a new church currently under construction there to replace their existing building. The third is St. Demetrios in Fort Worth, the people we talked to at St. John's in Euless generally had positive comments about the church as well. My wife and I have attended the Greekfests at the first two chruches and had some conversations with the people there, but have not spent a great amount of time at either and have not visited the Fort Worth church yet.

I'm a relo from Chicago and my wife is Greek, so this is one of the first things we looked into, and for better or worse, that's it. DFW just doesn't have a large Greek Orthodox community relative to its overall population. Other religions and/or ethnic groups are predominant here. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. As an FYI, at the Euless Greekfest a sizable number of visitors were completely unaware of what saganaki was and had to have it explained to them (and this was at the actual festival among attendees, mind you!). Just a small example to show that Dallas has limited inroads of Greek culture/cuisine/religion.

That said, if you're moving here from Baltimore, check them all out and see if any of them fit what you're looking for. As noted, Dallas is what it is, and it's different than Baltimore (or Chicago or New York or wherever). Some things are easier to find here, others require a little more searching out and/or just won't be present in the way you're used to elsewhere.

Good luck!
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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There are three in the Metroplex (well, 4 if you count the one in Denton, but I don't know if that's "Greek Orthdox" or not). Holy Trinity is in Dallas and is wealthier (and "flashier" if that makes any sense, which can be good or bad, depending). St. John is in Euless and is more "blue collar", they have a new church currently under construction there to replace their existing building. The third is St. Demetrios in Fort Worth, the people we talked to at St. John's in Euless generally had positive comments about the church as well. My wife and I have attended the Greekfests at the first two chruches and had some conversations with the people there, but have not spent a great amount of time at either and have not visited the Fort Worth church yet.

I'm a relo from Chicago and my wife is Greek, so this is one of the first things we looked into, and for better or worse, that's it. DFW just doesn't have a large Greek Orthodox community relative to its overall population. Other religions and/or ethnic groups are predominant here. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. As an FYI, at the Euless Greekfest a sizable number of visitors were completely unaware of what saganaki was and had to have it explained to them (and this was at the actual festival among attendees, mind you!). Just a small example to show that Dallas has limited inroads of Greek culture/cuisine/religion.

That said, if you're moving here from Baltimore, check them all out and see if any of them fit what you're looking for. As noted, Dallas is what it is, and it's different than Baltimore (or Chicago or New York or wherever). Some things are easier to find here, others require a little more searching out and/or just won't be present in the way you're used to elsewhere.

Good luck!
Gah! C-D won't allow me to give you rep. points for this helpful post. I suppose I already recently gave you rep. points for another post.

In any case, thank you SO, so much for the helpful information! That helps a lot! Based on location alone, Holy Trinity seems to be the first one to try as it appears to be in a good area and near several Whole Foods.

I hope to possibly meet you and your lovely Greek wife in person at church or Greekfest one day! Apparently I'll be easy to spot as I'll be the one explaining to the Dallas locals what melitzanosalata and saganaki are. lol

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Perhaps you'd be a good person to ask too. Have you found any Greek restaurants that you like in Dallas? Since your wife is Greek, I trust her judgement.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I had some delicious Greek food in Frisco. I forget the name of the place, but the owners are from Thessaloniki.

There are many Greek places in the Dallas area. Im sure you wont have trouble finding one to your liking.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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There's the Greek Bakery & Cafe in the Bishop Arts District in North Oak Cliff:

Greek Cafe & Bakery
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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There's the Greek Bakery & Cafe in the Bishop Arts District in North Oak Cliff:

Greek Cafe & Bakery
Thanks! C-D wouldn't let me give you positive rep. again (I wish they wouldn't limit that as everyone on here has been super helpful

Thanks to everyone!

If you have more Greek church or restaurant recommendations, keep them coming! Of course there's Google, but word of mouth is always better.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
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Gah! C-D won't allow me to give you rep. points for this helpful post. I suppose I already recently gave you rep. points for another post.

In any case, thank you SO, so much for the helpful information! That helps a lot! Based on location alone, Holy Trinity seems to be the first one to try as it appears to be in a good area and near several Whole Foods.

I hope to possibly meet you and your lovely Greek wife in person at church or Greekfest one day! Apparently I'll be easy to spot as I'll be the one explaining to the Dallas locals what melitzanosalata and saganaki are. lol

Addition:
Perhaps you'd be a good person to ask too. Have you found any Greek restaurants that you like in Dallas? Since your wife is Greek, I trust her judgement.
A) thanks much for the kind words, but really, I'm just going through the same type of adjustment as you

B) Re: restaurants - No, we haven't yet, but then we've only been to a few. We went to a place on Preston in Frisco (Platia) and were unimpressed. I've been to Ziziki's Taverna in Addison - no. But other posters who know the area far better than I have made recommendations, we just haven't hit them yet. (THBS, Platia was recommended by friends of my wife, but yeah, they weren't Greek).

BTW, I'm a taramosalata fan, myself. But really, they didn't know about saganaki? It's cheese, and you SET IT ON FIRE! What could be more fun than THAT!
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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A) thanks much for the kind words, but really, I'm just going through the same type of adjustment as you

B) Re: restaurants - No, we haven't yet, but then we've only been to a few. We went to a place on Preston in Frisco (Platia) and were unimpressed. I've been to Ziziki's Taverna in Addison - no. But other posters who know the area far better than I have made recommendations, we just haven't hit them yet. (THBS, Platia was recommended by friends of my wife, but yeah, they weren't Greek).

BTW, I'm a taramosalata fan, myself. But really, they didn't know about saganaki? It's cheese, and you SET IT ON FIRE! What could be more fun than THAT!
Thanks so much for the tips!!!

Right? lol Saganaki was my favorite dish as a child for the fire. It's one of my favorite dishes as an adult for the cheese. You really can't ever go wrong with cheese and fire. lol
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is the oldest Greek Orthodox Church in Texas. They are blue collar workers
And seem to have a good mix of English/Greek services. Most everyone there speaks English and there are a convert and vistor friendly church. They are very welcoming to new people.
You can find them at [url]www.stdemetrios.net[/url]
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