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Do you know where to find flaming Greek cheese? This festival has it and lots more

Baklava for the Mid-Cities Greek Food Festival.
Baklava for the Mid-Cities Greek Food Festival. Star-Telegram archives

The best little Greek food festival in Texas has grown.

From a homespun 1992 festival at a backroad Euless church, the Mid-Cities Greek Food Festival has puffed up to become a 27th annual gyros-and-baklava party for thousands.

Some folks go for the breads and desserts to freeze for the holidays. Others go for the dancing and wine.

But the best reason to go is simple: lamb chops, Greek baked chicken and more, at lunch Friday through Sunday or dinner Friday and Saturday.

Along with the Fort Worth Greek Festival (Nov. 9-11), the Euless festival provides homemade food and baked goods, without the big commercial sponsors like the Dallas event.

The menu features a new combination this year: lamb chops with dolmades, spanakopita, tiropita and salad ($22).

A chicken dinner costs $18, or $20 with pork souvlakia. Greek salad is only $5. And the desserts are a bargain at six for $10, or $5 for a baklava sundae.

Gyros with fries cost $10. Same for the Greek lamb-beef “Zeus burger” with fries.

The flaming saganaki, the Greeks’ version of queso flameado, is $7.

The church is hosting five cooking demonstrations, including one on how to make tzatziki (yogurt sauce).

The festival opens at 11 a.m. Friday at Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive, Euless, 817-283-2291,

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