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Curious to hear the state of Greek restaurants in SD. I recall Wise's recent review of a place in UTC that seemed favorable. Where do you go and what do you order? I haven;t had a memorable Greek meal since Greektown in Chicago years back.

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  1. I really like Apollonia, that's the one that you mentioned. Finally I can get an honest Greek salad, of course they had to call it Horiatiki salad, so they won't confuse the customers.

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    1. re: 4wino

      I've never eaten there but I've had two meals that were catered by Apollonia and their sister (larger restaurant) in PB Cafe Athena. It was quite tasty

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      Cafe Athena
      1846 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

    2. Cafe Athena in PB isn't bad. It's not great, either. Greek food is one of those things I just don't bother eating here. You'd probably have better luck cooking your own.

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      Cafe Athena
      1846 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

      1. I think your best bet is to visit the St Spyridon church festival held in June. The church members do all the cooking and most of it is good and authentic (although my mother and aunt tend to be critical ;)). The pastries and the grilled stuff are especially good.

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        1. re: sdnativa

          having been to that festival numerous times, having an extended Greek family, and having eaten at nearly every Greek restaurant in SD, I can say that lamb cooked by Greeks is usually not worthy of Chowhounds! They seem to like to cook lamb well done in nearly all cases. I do like many of the other items at the festival though.

          I was at a Greek picnic and cooked my lamb medium rare and none of the Greeks would eat it, "too much juice! it is too raw!" etc. I found it funny.

          1. re: MrKrispy

            Thoroughly cooking meat is endemic to that region of the world, I think (might have something to do with the quality of meat). When my Romanian mother-in-law was visiting a few years back, I had grilled up some steaks (prime sirloin cuts purchased from Major Market) that were rare to medium rare. We did not hear the end of it for the rest of her visit. :)

            1. re: RB Hound

              Anything more than medium rare (unless it's poultry or a braise) is a damn shame.

              1. re: RB Hound

                Exactly right. If you want authentic, you get authentic. See the Bruno thread, you can't have it both ways.

              2. re: MrKrispy

                I mostly agree with your statement: my mom nukes the leg of lamb every time, however my dad turns out perfect medium rare loin chops and racks off the grille.

                As far as greek restaurants in town go, there is nothing interesting. I never think of going out for greek food. I wish we had something like Kokkari in San Francisco.