There's something about dining out on Friday that's absent on other nights. It's as if the collective exhale of TGIF propels people into their seats with a sympathetic understanding of “Me too. It was a hell of a week.”
At Kalamata's, the twee Mediterranean eatery in Green Hills, even owner Maher Fawaz seems more relaxed on Friday. That's when he brings in small live music ensembles—usually a classical guitar and some drums—and the restaurant turns into a bustling early-bird outtake from Vicky Cristina Barcelona, with diners leaning between tables to chat and wave at friends who are stopping in for takeout.
Of course, this isn't Spain—and Kalamata's is not a Spanish restaurant—so it's BYOB and dinner's over by 9 p.m. But the casual supper—with an eclectic crowd, seared tuna over Greek salad and some of the best baklava in town—is one of the cheeriest ways we've found to put the whole PC Load Letter work week behind us.
Tonight, Kalamata's hosts Roger and Kyle on classical guitar and drums. On Saturday, the dinner special is lamb filet, and the musical group is TBA. There is a $5 corking fee, which goes to a local charity. Kalamata's is located at 3764 Hillsboro Road.