A view of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece - photo by Frank_P_AJJ74 under CC0
A view of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece - photo by Frank_P_AJJ74 under CC0

ATHENS: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANDREW ZIMMERN ON DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS

When Andrew Zimmern visited Athens on his show Delicious Destinations, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on Delicious Destinations Athens, all in a convenient list.

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DISH – Gyros and Souvlaki

WHAT IS IT?

Gyros and souvlaki are dishes of hand-selected roasted or grilled pork, beef or lamb stuffed in fresh, warm, chewy and tasty flatbread. Vegetables, and tangy herb and garlic spiked yogurt sauce are stuffed into the bread, along with the meat. The difference between gyros and souvlaki is the manner of cooking meat. Souvlaki is prepared through grilling skewered cubes of meat over an open flame. To make gyros, long strips of meat are stacked on a vertical rotisserie that turns slowly in front of the heat.

WHERE IS IT?

Bairaktaris
Kirikiou 6
Athens, Greece

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Athens

Bairaktaris Taverna is known for its gyros and souvlaki all over Athens. It serves gyros and souvlaki dressed with tangy tzatziki, onions, grilled peppers and blistered tomatoes.

DISH – Loukoumades

WHAT IS IT?

Loukoumades are traditional Greek balls of dough generally served warm, soaked in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. The dough is made of flour, water and yeast.  It is then cooked in oil to be served as dessert.

WHERE IS IT?

Krinos
Aiolou 87
Athens, Greece

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Athens

Krinos Bakery offers loukoumades with a twist – theirs are ring shaped. The ring shape allows the dough to cook more evenly than the balls. They allow customers to choose their own toppings: anything from honey, nuts, ice cream, caramel, chocolate – whatever their customers prefer.  

DISH – Spanakopita

WHAT IS IT?

Spanakopita is a savory Greek pie, made with tangy spinach and feta filling, and sheets of flaky phyllo dough. To make the phyllo, flour is mixed with water, salt, olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice. It is then rolled and stretched repeatedly to make the dough “alive”. Phyllo, spinach, salt, olive oil and feta cheese are then layered. It takes 5 sheets of phyllo to make a serving of spanakopita: 3 at the bottom and 2 on top. It is typically served as a side dish or appetizer.

WHERE IS IT?

Bougatsa Thessaloniki
Pl. Iroon 1
Athens, Greece

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Athens

Thessaloniki Bougatsa in Psirri is one of the few bakeries in Athens that still make phyllo by hand.

DISH – Koulouri

WHAT IS IT?

Koulouri is a popular on-the-go breakfast in Athens. These bread rings are made through mixing flour, yeast, fresh butter, salt, anise, olive oil, and sugar. The resulting dough is twisted and dipped in lemon water. The rings are then coated with sesame seeds before they go into the oven.

WHERE IS IT?

Pnyka
Petraki 24
Athens, Greece

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Athens

Pnyka is one of the bakeries in Athens that supply koulouri to transient vendors found on street corners in Athens. The bakery was founded over 40 years ago and still uses equipment from the 19th century to mill its own flour. Its mill houses stones from the island of Naxos and is used up to this day to grind whole wheat grains into flour. Pnyka uses sweet, natural honey instead of sugar in its koulouri.

DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS ATHENS DISH – Dolmades

WHAT IS IT?

Dolmades are bundles of grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, onion and minced meat. The leaves are traditionally hand-rolled, but these days, it is not uncommon to see canned dolmades being served in Greek restaurants.

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WHERE IS IT?

Louizidis Vouliagmeni
Ermou 2
Vouliagmeni, Greece

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Athens

Taverna Louizidis continues to serve hand-rolled dolmades. Mama Athena, its 85-year old founder, can be seen in the middle of the restaurant, singing, laughing and rolling up to a thousand dolmades a week.

DELICIOUS DESTINATIONS ATHENS DISH – Yogurt

WHAT IS IT?

The world famous Greek yogurt is simply yogurt in Athens. It is made through filtering milk and warming it to 194⁰F then allowing it to cool for about an hour. Live cultures are then added. The live cultures convert milk sugars into lactic acid, thickening the yogurt and giving it its characteristic sour flavor.

WHERE IS IT?

Stani
Marikas Kotopouli 10
Athens, Greece

NOTES – Delicious Destinations Athens

Stani, opened in 1931, is the only dairy bar left in Athens. It makes its yogurt from 95% sheep’s milk and uses live cultures derived from the first batch from 1949. It serves generous portions of yogurt to its customers the traditional way, topped with honey and walnuts.