Staying in Karterados first we ate at the local village Taverna - Skaramagas. It was popular with the locals(fish was especially good) so we though it must be good - it was, so much so that we ate here the next night.
Favorite Dish: We especially enjoyed the mezes - quantity was good, you could really just order a few to share as a main meal.
First night we ordered tomato fritters (4 large ones) stuffed vine leaves (6 with salad)
fried eggplant and fries cheese. This really filled us up so glad that are main course of mousaka was not served with anything else! Wine was 3 euros for half litre. We didn't really need it but we were given a free cake for desert (meal for 2 cost 32 euros)
Second night we had stuffed vine leaves and tomato fritters again, eggplant salad and calamari (big plate for 7 euros) Meatballs for main which was served with chips. Again free cake for desert - like a creamy/nutty vanilla slice, very delicious. Meal cost 36 euros with drinks.
So enjoyed the food that I uncharacteristically forget to photo it - doh!
Can't recall the name of this place it looked like a catering caravan by the roadside which we passed on our walk from Fira to Oia - just before the last hill that has to be climbed.
Obviously not the best of locations near to the road but had the tastiest quick lunch here and the quantity was really good. We didn't want much - knowing there was a hill to climb but we really needed some sustenance. We ordered a special omelet and Greek salad to share (served with burger baps) Omelette was cooked beautifully and fresh, the salad was huge and came with big chunk of feta cheese - in truth the salad with the bread was enough for 2. With a couple of drinks the cost was 11 euros - bargain.
You couldn't possibly visit Greece and not at least try (religious and dietary issues aside) one souvlakis or gyro pita! They are everywhere and extremely popular simply because they are economical, handy, filling and most importantly (most of the time) delicious!
Fantastic chow for budget travelers and backpackers!
At circa Oct 2006 rates, a gyro-pita will only cost you about 2.50 Euros while a souvlakis-pita merely sets you back about 3.50 Euros. For folks traveling on a budget, this is going to be one hell of souvlaki-gyro diet fest!
Santorini was the first place I had them in Greece (since Santorini was my first Greek stop, duh) and in truth, there are more than half a dozen of such cafes/diners I have come across in Fira itself and they are possibly just the tip of the iceberg.
Favorite Dish: I will just mention 2 of such diners.
"Lucky's Souvlakis", within walking distance from the Thera Prehistoric Museum and along main street, is forever thronging with the young partying crowd. People seems to be coming to this place to get over their hangovers and in preparation for the next! Service was a little crusty and haughty and the place can get pretty crowded (note: there are some benches across the street if the shop ran out of seats). To their credit, their souvlakis is tender, moist and comes perfectly grilled and spiced.
The other diner is simply called "Fast Food" and is found just a few stairs up into the Fira "maze" from the main street. Its location at the "mouth" of the town means a steady stream of tourist customers (yours truly included) and I found myself munching on a souvlakis-pita, sandwiched between 2 giggling Japanese ladies and 2, I would assume, African tourists. The chef was too generous with the sour cream and there were some sinewy parts to bite through, so it was quite a mess when I was done with it!
For a closer look at Souvlaki Pita and Gyro Pita, take a look at my Greek Food Travelogue.
Captain Nick's is a great resturant on the island of Thirasia. It is located next to Captain John's, in fact it appears as if they are the same resturant. We actually thought we were eating at Captain John's until our menu said Capt. Nick's. Luckily, the food hear was delicious and a lot cheaper than the place nextdoor. We had lobster skeewers for only 6 euros. Drinks weren't that pricey either. This is the perfect place to unwind after swimming in hot springs and hiking on the volcano.
One of my best gastronomic experiences in Santorino was the breakfast time at the Oia Youth Hostel. They have a nice terrace on the roof for that purpose, and breakfast is included in the room price.
You have tea/coffee, toast, orange juice, butter/jam and a croissant.