Dishes to Try in Greece
An eggplant or potato-based dish with meat (lamb or beef). Other ingredients include oregano, cinnamon, black pepper, tomato paste, onions, and cheese. Since I do not like eggplant despite trying it a few times, I was hesitant to try Moussaka; however, when traveling it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and experience the culture and dishes of the country you are visiting. The second to last night of my trip, I took my own advice and embraced trying Greek dishes and ordered Moussaka at Greek Stories Restaurant. I almost ordered something else but when I saw it listed at the top of the Entree list, I knew I had to give it a shot and I’m so glad I did! If you’re in Athens and want some amazing Moussaka, check out Greek Stories!
Considered a “fast-food” dish in Greek cuisine, Souvlaki is made with pieces of meat on a skewer with some vegetables and tzatziki sauce. It can be made with many types of meat but the few times I ordered it, I had chicken. The first time I had Chicken Souvlaki, I ordered it at God’s Restaurant in Athens. It came with french fries and pita bread. It was sooo good! The chicken was cooked perfectly, the tzatziki was amazing, the pita bread was warm, and the vegetables were so fresh. The second time I ordered Chicken Souvlaki was when I spent a night in Mykonos. We ate at Maria’s and my dish came with rice and no pita bread. It was just as amazing! If you want to try Greek cuisine but you aren’t a fan of being risky, I would recommend giving this dish a try!
Fun Fact: Greek Salad is still called Greek Salad in Greece, who would of thought? Moving on, Greek Salad has the usual ingredients we are used to such as feta, olives, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. However, in Greece they do not put lettuce in the salad. Instead, there are a lot more tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers to make the base of the salad. I ordered a few Greek Salads over the week and all of the vegetables were so fresh and the olives and feta were the best I’ve ever had. The first morning we couldn’t shake our jet lag so our first meal was more of a lunch. I ordered Greek Salad because I couldn’t wait to try the feta and olives; I was not disappointed. We ate at a restaurant called Yard and their food was great and their service was fast and pleasant. The Greek Salad pictured below is not from there since it wasn’t on my plate long, but both the salad pictured and the one at Yard were very delicious!
A Gyro is anther Greek dish considered to be “fast-food” because it can easily be taken to eat on the go. However, don’t let that stop you from sitting down to eat it! It can be made from many types of meat such as pork, chicken, beef and lamb. The meat is cooked on a vertical rotisserie and shaved off when ordered. I had a pork Gyro which came wrapped in warm pita bread with tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, french fries, and onions. I don’t remember the name of the restaurant since it was a quick dinner the night before we left for the airport, but it was a few blocks away from the Hera Hotel in Athens! I do not have a picture but I would 10/10 recommend trying this dish while in Greece!
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
You may be wondering why I put fresh squeezed orange juice in this blog post because that is available in the United States and almost anywhere else. However, this was the best orange juice I have ever had. The oranges were so flavorful and tasted very fresh. I am normally not an orange juice drinker but it looked so good when brought to other tables, that I had to give it a try. It was so good that it made me think I would become a regular orange juice drinker. The morning after I got home I poured myself a glass and NOPE! Orange juice in Greece only please and thank you! So if you are like me and do not like orange juice or if you are an avid orange juice consumer, try fresh squeezed orange juice in Greece. I promise you won’t regret it. Enjoy the picture of the one of many orange juices consumed on my trip.
Now onto some Sweet Dishes!! Fun Fact: Just like the salad, Greek Yogurt is also still called Greek Yogurt in Greece! There are different thicknesses available as well as many types of sauces the the yogurt attendant can mix in for you such as Nutella or honey and different toppings such as fresh fruit! There are many places to get Greek Yogurt in Athens. I happened to stop at Fresko and loved it! The Yogurt was the perfect consistency and so delicious! I mixed in Nutella and Strawberries. 10/10 would recommend that combo!
A sweet, dessert pastry filled with nuts and sweetened and held together by syrup or honey. You can also find chocolate baklava. I had the opportunity to try both and I thought I would like the chocolate one better since I’m a chocoholic, but the original Baklava took the cake, I mean pastry:) They were both delicious so I say go for both if you can’t decide! The first picture is original Baklava and the second is the Chocolate version. I had gotten minis to be able to try both and they were the perfect size.
You may be questioning me like you did when you read “Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice” but give me a chance to explain. There is this amazing place known for desserts called Chocolat Royal in Athens and it has so many options for dessert that I almost couldn’t choose. Don’t be fooled by the name, they also have many dessert options without chocolate if its not your thing. They also have a great breakfast, and yes incase you’re wondering, they have fresh squeezed orange juice:) By the name of the header, you can probably guess which dessert I got (and didn’t regret for one second BTW). The chocolate cake was spongey and perfect, the icing was super chocolatey and heavenly, and the ice cream was the best vanilla I’ve had in a while! If the picture of the cake doesn’t make you starving, I included the picture of the breakfast I had at Chocolat Royal as well! Enjoy eating with your eyes!
Well if you made it this far, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this blog post on what to try while you’re in Greece! There are obviously many other options but I included the ones I could give my own opinion on! Keep your eyes peeled for the next blog post!