Restaurants in Gazi and Petralona

Greece, Athens Guide (B): Restaurants in Gazi and Petralona

If you follow Ermou Street down past Monastiraki Square it comes to an end at a small church called Ag Asomaton. From that point on it is a pedestrian street/park that continues down past the Keramikos Archaeological site on your right, ending at Pireos Street and the old Athens Gas Works. If you go left and then make an immediate right you will come to the area known as Gazi (You can also take the metro and it is the stop after Monastiraki on the #3 Metro line.) Wander around and you will find a large variety of restaurants, ouzeries, cafes, bars and hangouts. Try The Butcher Shop at 19 Persephoni street which is a modern version of a 'traditional' psistaria specializing in grilled meats. They have a large and varied menu and were probably my favorite new discovery of the summer of 2007. If you are a vegetarian don't fret. They have lots of salads and eggs too! But you can't beat their paidakia (lamb chops) and their choice of sausages and cheeses from all over Greece. Try the loukaniko agrioxoirou which is wild boar sausage. The eggs, chicken and even the wild boar are organic or all-natural. All the meats are from Greece. If you are not into meat then right next door is Sardeles, which seems to be the same owner and is as good as the Butcher Shop though it has only fish. I had the fried koutsomoureswhich were so small you could eat them whole. Delicious whole fried shrimp, grilled thrapsala (cuttlefish), white tarama salata, and of course grilled sardines. These two Gazi restaurants are as good or better than anything you will find in Psiri or the Plaka. Both The Butcher Shop and Sardelles are a Matt's Favorite! and if I am not mistaken they were opened by super Chef Panayotis Papanikolau who opened my favorite restaurant O Bakalogatos in Kypseli. In the last couple years Sardeles and The Butcher Shop have combined into one restaurant. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Restaurants in Gazi and Petralona
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Butcher Shop   Sardeles   Gazochori   Athiri   Oikonomou Taverna   Pleiades Paradosiako Cafeneon   Chez Lucien  
Author: Matt Barrett
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