Greek Tavern Dishes

Greek Tavern Dishes

Practically around every corner of Athens, there is a small tavern. Certainly, there are areas where this kind of restaurant abounds, such as the areas of Psiri and Plaka. That does not mean that Pagrati, Kypseli, Nea Philadelphia, Piraeus, Vari, and a myriad of other areas, there are not these small eateries that serve raki as a welcome drink.

The only thing you need is to be in a mood for wandering and discovering. But diner's must pay attention to this: don't think of ordering any elaborate dishes believing that you are in an actual restaurant.

Assorted dishes, Greek salad, diced pork delight, spicy cheese, and the rest of "specialties" are the appropriate complement to your ouzo or wine. One last piece of advice: don't forget to check your watch every now and then, because otherwise, you will not comprehend that time has passed and find that it is well after midnight!

Greek appetizers
Greek appetizers are a hit on every tavern table. These are usually placed in the center and are shared. This sharing of the food is an integral characteristic of every Greek that fuses the group into a unit and evolves into an unforgettable experience!

It is a famous appetizer of Greek cuisine. Yogurt mixed with cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar.

Greek Salad
The classic par excellence. A salad with tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and olives, dressed with olive oil. Some also add capers.

Chtipiti or Tyrokafteri
A cream of pureed feta cheese and hot peppers.

Slices of zucchini fried in olive oil

Vine leaves stuffed with rice

Feta Saganaki or Kefalotiri Saganaki
Fried (breaded) cheese (either feta or kefalotiri). After the tzatziki and the choriatiki the most ordered appetizer in Greece.

Greek Pies
A thin pasty staffed with vegetables or cheeses or meat.

Note: Bread, by the way, is automatically served with all appetizers.

Greek main dishes
It is advisable to take your time after sampling the various appetizers and let the transitional period pass with ouzo or wine and interesting conversations. Because the main dishes in a Greek tavern are also very tasty and recommendable. Here we distinguish between magirefta (homemade food) and grilled dishes. Often at the late hour, most magirefta dishes are already sold out. However, grilled and fish dishes are available to be fired up at any time.

Vegetables (Peppers or tomatoes) stuffed with meat and/or rice. These are baked in the oven.

This is a famous traditional plate of Greek cuisine. Casserole of eggplant, potatoes, minced meat, and feta cheese, topped with a béchamel crème.

Another famous traditional plate of Greek cuisine. Pasta casserole with minced meat and feta cheese, topped with bechamel crème.

Arnaki sto Fourno
Delicately oven-baked lamb with potatoes and tomato sauce.

Is the rack that is around the side of the animal (ribs). Mostly from lamb. Cooked with lemon, oregano, salt, and pepper.

The most popular Greek fast food consists of small pieces of meat. The whole is served on the wooden or metal skewer. It is usually served either as "merida" (on the plate) or to-go in pita bread with sauces and fried potatoes.

A dish made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. It is usually served either as "merida" (on the plate) or to-go in pita bread with sauces and fried potatoes.

Minced meat patties grilled. There are also variations filled with feta or gouda cheese.

A winter soup made of pork leg and pork belly. Fans like to eat this at night or early in the morning after the night out.