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Souvlaki: Top 10 take-aways

19 Feb 2017

The quintessential Greek fast food

Bean soup is the official Greek national dish but souvlaki (together with mousaka of course) is what comes first to mind  when people think ‘Greek food’. Although originated in ancient Greece, what you’ll savour during your stay in Athens is a delicacy with Turkish, Egyptian and Middle Eastern influences that repatriating Greeks brought home during the first half of the twentieth century.
Souvlaki is a cheap, healthy and complete meal with high nutritional value as it contains  balanced amounts of protein, carbohydrates and vitamins, although it can be a calorie bomb depending on the quality of the meat and the fat used in its preparation.
Every neighbourhood, every street corner of every city in the country has its own souvlatzidiko, an establishment selling the quick and tasty snack. Many are tiny and cater only to the take-away trade, while others are spacious with tables and waiter service. There are super modern ones that look and feel like typical fast food outlets and others that remain exactly as they were when they first opened for business many decades ago.
Some specialise in selling just kalamakia or kebabs etc whereas others offer countless combinations of ingredients catering to the quest for choice and novelty of the modern consumer. As a result, anything can be wrapped in pita bread, drowned in any kind of ‘exotic’ sauce and sold as a souvlaki these days.
At In Your Pocket, we are fans of time tested recipes and originality. Based on these criteria together with taste and quality we present you with the Top 10 of joints we frequent almost daily in the centre of Athens.

1.
Kostas F5, Pentelis 5, MSyntagma, tel. 210 3228502.
In every Athens guidebook you will invariably find the world famous ‘hole-in-the wall’ Kostas souvlaki in Plaka. Don’t go looking for it as this place shut down more than a year ago. However (and remember, you read it here first), Kostas is now back in business. He set up shop, less than a month ago, at a new location to serve his many loyal fans who insist that he makes the best souvlaki in Athens since 1950. The new premises are modern and minimal with just a tiny glill, a fridge and a sink. The only reminder of the old place is the same old sign reading ‘No stress’ in Greek. But the souvlaki is top class, and you won’t need to worry about the side-effects of the tzatziki, as Kostas uses plain yoghurt instead.”. Open 12:00 - 16:00. Sat, Sun closed.

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06.04.2010
ilias
greeve
great souvlaki!!! i love greece!!! !!!!!!!!!!!HELLAS 4EVER!!!!!!!!!
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