Greek cuisine is classic Mediterranean. When in Athens, you don’t need to go to a pricey restaurant to enjoy delicious Greek food. Instead, venture the streets of Athens for substantial, good value, easy-to-grab meals.
1. Souvlaki and gyros
For over a century, souvlaki has been the king of Greek fast food. It’s made up of small pieces of skewered pork, chicken, or grilled beef that’s wrapped in pita bread and garnished with tomato, onion, and fries. The whole thing is sprinkled with parsley and covered with tzatziki (yogurt, garlic, and cucumber sauce). If one of those don’t fit your fancy, you can adapt the ingredients and dressing to your palate. Gyros are served in a similar way, but are centered around marinated pork or chicken that’s slowly cooked on a rotating skewer. Nowadays, most souvlatzidika (grill houses) also serve vegetarian souvlaki with falafel or grilled vegetables instead of meat.