Souvlaki: The Hamburger of Greece

Souvlaki: The Hamburger of Greece, Athens, Greece (B)

Souvlakis are the hamburgers of Greece. At least they were until hamburgers arrived and then hamburgers became the hamburgers of Greece as people flocked to McDonalds and the Greek hamburger joints that knew a good thing when they saw one. Souvlaki shops became more scarce and fast food places more plentiful, though you still would not have had trouble finding a souvlaki if you wanted one, in the popular souvlaki shops that managed to hang on during the hamburger crisis. And many of the fast food places that served hamburgers had souvlakia too. Then came the economic crisis and suddenly Greeks did not have the kind of spending money that had before. But being Greek they still had the need to get out of their apartments for dinner at least a couple times a week. This brought back a souvlaki renaissance as restaurant owners realized the only way to stay in business was to offer something inexpensive, filling and good. Suddenly psistarias (grill houses) were either opening or being converted from other types of restaurants and souvlaki became a staple again. Meanwhile the hamburger market was collapsing and McDonalds began closing left and right. (Greece is the only country in the world where McDonald's loses money. Yay!) This page will tell you all you need to know about souvlakia and includes the advice of some of Greece's most foremost souvlakia experts. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Souvlaki: The Hamburger of Greece
Guide Location: Greece » Athens
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Matt Barrett
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