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Nea Diagonios: Don't miss to eat gyros and soutzoukakia
Nea Diagonios is a meat restaurant with special dishes gyros and soutzoukakia (BBQ meatballs).
The service was really very good and the food is excellent.
I tried Nea Diagonios salad with lettuce, greens, Italian cheese and pomegranate.
For gold starters I chose tzatiki (very creamy) and eggplant salad.
After one mouthwatering roast cheese came to the table and for mains I tasted the extremely gyros, soutzoukakia and lamp chops which were properly roasted and served.
Leave some space for the free sweets that coming to the end and enjoy the Mastic Liqueur.
Favorite Dish: Gyros: is a pork meat like Turkish kebab served with onions
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Kapela place: Give it a try!
Nice little restaurant in a street where other 3-4 restaurants lie in the line,the one next to the other. Some of the restaurants were filled with locals(Lunch time of a very hot day). I decided to give a try to the less-popular one,namely, "Kapela Place". Fortunately it was a nice surprise!...
Favorite Dish: I ordered dish "πεννες με ψαρονεφρι" (penne pasta with chopped pork meat and tomato/peppers.
The portion was of good proportions and well cooked. I ordered a big bottle of beer (500ml). Also a big bottle of mineral water and bread. In the end the waiter offered me gratis a sweet, lemon pie which was a delicious surprise! All these costed only 15,30 euros !... So I recommend the place !
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Ouzou Melathron: A must if you visit Thessaloniki or Athens
I first saw Ouzou Melathron on Ryanair brochure so i visited first on Thessaloniki. Its food was unique combined great with tsipouro. I bought two bottles just for the relatives. I tried Pasas Soufra which was very special and unique, Maniatis Salad and prince pan. They informed me that also in Athens Ouzou Melathron exists so when i was there i couldn't resist trying Mary's *** (its a well known Ouzou melathron dish) and grilled banjo. I'm just waiting time to pass and summer visit Greece for the sun sea and Ouzou Melathron..
Pergola Taverna: Great Seafood
This place was recomended to us and we liked it so much we went there for lunch and for dinner.
It was family run restaurant. We were the only tourists. Looks like the family is well known because most of the diners adressed them by name.
Favorite Dish: Various seafood and vegetarian dishes.
Everything was delicious. We had shrimp saganaki, calamari, anchovies, smoked fish, stuffed eggplant, roasted peppers, fried zucchini, and plenty of great, cold, greek beer :-)
Traditional Greek taverns: Authentic Greek food
If you want to taste an authentic traditional Greek food, the first task is to find a traditional Greek tavern.
There are several signs you should take into consideration and look for:
The first one is the guests, if the customers are mainly locals then you are probably on the right trace.
Also have a look at the tavern, if it does have no huge menus outside at the entrance in several languages displayed that here you can eat a lot of tasty dishes for only 10-20 euro, then you found the place you need.
But you are really lucky, if they have even no menus, only shared tables with big bottles of wine and baskets of bread and suggestions from the waiter on what you should have.
In this case what else remains for you?
Eat the way as the Greeks do. Order whatever comes to mind, or ask the waiter to bring in whatever is good.
Favorite Dish: The atmosphere in Greek restaurants is cozy and festive, with wooden tables covered with checked tablecloths. You start by ordering in mezes, or mezedakia. These are the small dishes with various delicacies that you eat as appetizers or on the side.
Some of the dishes that the Greek are famous for are: the traditional Greek salad, pita bread, olives, moussaka, baklava, keftedes, youvetsi, tarama, scordalia, tyro pita and taranaki, just to name a few.
You can even remain there and not order a main course at all.
Ladadika out of fashion....
The locals have for now stamped the restaurants in the place as a tourist trap, the young clientele has found new favourite squares, but this historical area is central and it will revive, perhaps after the present bar owners go bankrupt...
Thessaloniki goes thru a tough recession, the average greeks there have much fewer money to spent on entertainment...
Ta Louloudadika: Very good live bouzouki music
Last summer we stayed to terrace at Ta Louloudadika. The food was excellent, traditional greek food, sea food, good wine. The ambience was wonderful, two guys sang at bouzouki a easeful traditional greek music. We stayed few hours listening this calm music. Now when I am so far away from this place I remember nostalgically about that music. I recommand you this place if you go t Thessaloniki.
XALARO Restaurant: A Chicken Eaters Paradise
I strongly advice you to visit the XALARO restaurant. Actually its not one but two reataurants in a distance of 100m from each other. It is a perfect place for a chicken eater. Almost the all of its menu is made from chicken and only two or three dishes are for the meat loves. No vegeterian. I adore this restaurant. Its portions are big, juicy and substantial. On Saturdays and Sundays noon be ready to wait a while for a free table because a lot of the locals, like me, have this restaurant as one of their favourites.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Fillet, Roulades.
Kitchen Bar: Fantastic Food with Magnificent View
The Kitchen Bar is a unique restaurant and is located inside the harbour of thessaloniki. The view, especially when the weather is good, is fantastic. You can see the seafront of entire the old beach of Thessaloniki which is the most vibrant part of Thessaloniki. The staff is very friendly and the service very good. There is a great variety of plates suitable for every taste.
Favorite Dish: Mainly the grilled plates.
Tiganies & Sxares: Tiganies & sxares:value for money
Tiganies & sxares is a new 100-seat grill-restaurant, located in Kalamaria District, with an open kitchen.
The decor : nearly bare white walls,tall windows, wooden floors, nicely set tables, and that's all about it
It is clean, balanced, and very friendly.
You have a great food at Tiganies&Sxares, but you also have a great time, and you always leave with great memories.
Favorite Dish: Sautéed Mushrooms,sautéed with butter.
Lamb Chops, they are naturally tender and flavorful.
Thanassis: Miracoulous Smyrna
As a turkish I think that we have almost the same taste with greek people with some exceptions .Thanassis as an old symrna man try to serve the best examples of the Aegean food .I was informed that the local people adore this restaurant and I think that they are right .The sign over the door reads H MYPOBOLOS SMYRNH (Miraculous Smyrna).This can explain everything
Favorite Dish: Stuffed evevrything (squid,mussels )
Tavern Pritanio: For homemade traditional dishes!
It is located in Ano Poli (the old city) that is a tradition area of Thessaloniki, so you get the feeling of travelling back in time even though you are in the center of the city. The couple that owns it also work in the place so they do their best to be of a help to the customers. They also are the ones that cook everything so the quality is really high.
Favorite Dish: You can have both fish and meat dishes and they are all remarkable. Nevertheless i'll give you my favourite ones.
Tsigganiki tigania is the best dish for me. It is a pork recipe with mushrooms, green hot pepper and tomatojuice. I love it with french fries and red wine (for winter) or beer (for summer).
Gavros saganaki is also a favourite mezes for ouzo. Gavros is fresh anchovy. It is cooked in a small pan (saganaki) in a white sauce.
I strongly reccomend fish in this tavern as they try to serve really fresh stuff.
Panellenion: Great Food in a wonderful location
This restaurant is in the Ladadika - ( where the 'd's are pronounced 'th' as in "this" ...La THA- thik-a ) the old port, now an upmarket part of town with beautiful cobbled streets and stone buildings. Sadly, many of the restaurants here are rather overpriced, but the Panellenion gives great quality and value.
The manager, Vasili, speaks English and German.
Favorite Dish: With Plomari ouzo...anything.
But don't miss the mushrooms.
Local cuisine at PRIME: greek specialities
The food was of a very high standard, plenty of choice, great atmosphere and service.Up in a rooftop garden we found once we had tried prime the other places just did't compare.The lamb kleftiko and beef stifado are superb.
Favorite Dish: Tzatziki and warm bread, deep fried aubergines and lamb kleftiko all wonderful.The lamb chops also very good.
Little Bombs and the Hunger Doctor: Slumming in the marketplace
Having a meal at Modiano market isn't for the faint-hearted. The stand-up places like Vomvidia (little bombs, named after the meatballs) and The Hunger Doctor (O yatros tis peinas) draw a lot of regulars, mainly men, who like to argue about politics and sing to the itinerant musicians while drinking retsina or tsipouro (a spirit like ouzo or pastis) and wolfing down meatballs (soutzoukakia) or grilled sardines (at the Doctor's). But never fear if this is too much authenticity for your taste - you can always go to the sit-down taverns and have a pretty good meal there too, mainly delicious little dishes - after all, you'll be surrounded by locals there too.
Favorite Dish: Grilled meat with hot chilli flakes (boukovo, big in Northern Greece but unknown in the South) , grilled tomato, onions, served on paper (with cutlery); retsina wine. In taverns, any vegetable dish, fish, seafood, 'creamed' salads (of which tzatziki and taramasalata are only the best-known).
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