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Posted by DID 14 Aug 2012 2 Comments

The story has it that when owner/chef Andre Chabaneix moved into the spot that houses Meelo’s, he updated the décor from the previous Greek inhabitant but forgot to change the name on the sign outside. The anecdote goes, that Chabaneix decided to just stick with the name. And thus we have Durham’s favorite family-style Italian/Spanish joint with a Greek name. Chef Andre, as he has come to be known, is quite the character and willing to make patrons most anything they request whether or not it’s on the menu.

Former INDY writer Joe Schwartz covered some of Meelo’s off-the-menu items in the piece he wrote for the INDY’s Eats magazine. While we did not venture as far er . . .south as Schwartz, we have enjoyed many a meal at Meelo’s.

Meelo’s was briefly covered on Carpe Durham back when it first opened, but I thought the review could use an update. Meelo’s menu is an interesting combination of tapas and classic Italian dishes that surprisingly doesn’t feel odd.

Meelo’s serves up breads and packaged butter in quaint, seemingly hand-sewn bags. Nothing special but a nice touch. The scallop tapas dish ($9) contains four large scallops served swimming in a buttery garlic sauce atop seashells, covered in Asiago cheese. They are fresh, juicy and well – covered in cheese – what’s not to like? Meelo’s lasagna is the classic family-style variety. While not as heavy on the meat as the one served at Verde, I appreciate Meelo’s homemade tomato sauce and the fact that the lasagna isn’t overloaded with cheese to the point of greasiness. The Greek pasta is heavy on the veggies and feta. I recommend adding shrimp for $3. While not on the menu, the chef will whip up an excellent pasta with fruits de mer piled high with scallops, mussels and shrimp. Don’t miss dessert – the tiramisu is housemade and really, really great.

Meelo’s has an extensive wine list and Peroni on tap. If you’re nice to your servers at the end of the meal, you’re likely to be rewarded with a free shot of limoncello.

Meelo’s Restaurant
In Loehmann’s Plaza
1821 Hillandale Road #3 Durham, NC 27705
(919) 384-9080


  • Barbara Mackesson said:

    Thank you for reviewing Meelos, my favorite” secret” restaurant, unknown to many of Durham’s hip foodies. My husband and I love this place and Andre, too. If you go on a cool night, do not miss the potato soup which is wonderfully seasoned. All their daily soup specials are good, but the potato soup will make you especially happy.


  • Alan Carlson said:

    I first went to Meelos on my birthday 3/7/2013, almost a year and a half ago. I have eaten there probably 50 times since! Be prepared to feel like you are transported from Durham NC to Tuscany. They make you feel like a truly valued customer! Food, service, parking, location all excellent. If you made me find a negative, it would probably be that I prefer their dinner menu and selections over the lunch menu. It is a great all around place even for business dinners! You will enjoy getting know Andre and his wonderful staff.


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