The Greek House is quaint and understated eatery nestled on the corner of Forest Park Boulevard and Park Hill Drive. The restaurant has been a part of Fort Worth since 1988 and was originally located on South University Drive, but relocated to its current location in 1999.
Open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Greek House offers its signature gyro for $6. It also offers a variety of pita sandwiches, platters and Mediterranean salads. In a single visit, you get the experience of a cozy atmosphere, with the taste of authentic gyros, traditionally served straight from the spit.
While their claim to fame is the food – namely, the “Best Gyros in Town” – the restaurant has a good relationship with the TCU and the 109 community.
“We have a good relationship with the faculty,” owner and head chef Majid Sawdagar said. “We know a lot of professors at TCU, and they are our friends … They love my food.”
Sawdagar, 62, who has a calming demeanor and a soft-spoken voice, didn’t start out in the food industry. In 1977, Sawdager moved to the United States from his native Iran. He then attended Oklahoma State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.
While it may have been peculiar for a man well-versed in technology to choose a career in cuisine, Sawdagar saw things differently.
Soon after his time at OSU, Sawdager moved to Dallas. He began working with a friend who owned a Greek restaurant at the Prestonwood Mall and he quickly learned the ins and outs of the restaurant business.
Sawdager enjoyed Greek cuisine and decided to venture out on his. He soon began looking for a good restaurant location.
“I found out that at TCU, there was a very nice, quiet area. And there, I opened a small restaurant,” Sawdager said.
“After I got my bachelor’s degree, I decided to work for myself,” he explained. “Me and my wife, together, decided to open the restaurant.”
It turned out to be a good decision for him and his family. With a steady business that survived relocation, and a good relationship with the university, Sawdagar has no complaints. You will usually find him in the kitchen, serving his gyros and enjoying his time in Fort Worth.
“Business is good, and we have a lot of TCU faculty and students [come here],” Sawdagar remarked. “I’m happy.”