You can eat pretty well for 3 euro in Greece provided you love souvlaki! And, I do. Although, there was some confusion as to what was a souvlaki, what was a kebab, and what was a gyro? In the end, I really didn’t care as long as it was delicious!
And, as a french fry connoisseur, it was a brilliant sight to see fries crammed into pita bread along with hunks of meat and tzatziki sauce. I think I had at least one souvlaki for every day that I was in Greece. Some were perfection and some were not. And, even the ones that were not were far superior to the ones in Boston.
It was a win-win situation all the way.
But, here are the more memorable souvlaki/kebab/gyro that I had:
This tiny shop was part bar and part souvlaki stand. When we walked in, all eyes were again on us. We really stood out. We weren’t even sure if we were standing in the right line. We just followed along. It was great to see the cook make each one to order. Unfortunately, this particular souvlaki did not come with fries. *gasp* The horror…
We popped by one of the many souvlaki places in Thira/Thera on Santorini Island. We decided to try as many of them as we could. This one we ate while inside of our rented Smart car.
Also tried out the mushroom kebabs, which were actually pretty tasty. We thought the balsamic vinegar would be overpowering, but it was mild. Also from the Souvlaki Bar.
Dining al fresco on our deck overlooking the Aegean Sea on Santorini Island. We kept it classy.
We went to Thira/Thera a lot to eat while on Santorini Island. Here’s a platter of kebabs grilled over coals by an old man.
On our last day milling about the city of Athens, we decided to try this neighborhood joint out. The only people we saw were working guys. Again, when we went in, we stuck out. This was by far the greasiest souvlaki we’d ever had on the trip.
But, really, the best of the BEST souvlaki that we had on the entire trip was from day one when our friend took us to the center of Athens. It was so delicious. And even though we kept getting harassed by panhandlers and had to watch our bags like a hawk, it was well well worth it. I think about this particular souvlaki all the time. Nothing compares.
And, as shown, there can indeed be stories behind every souvlaki ;P