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Where do you go for Greek in Vancouver?

A sidelight on a recent post http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/758730 and a conversation at a Chowdown last night moves me to ask this question. It's been years since I've had decent Greek food here and I feel I've kind of given up trying to find it. Anybody care to inspire me to take up the fight again? I'm not inspired by a place like Stephos...

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    1. re: fmed

      That was the sidelight I was referring to in the linked thread. It is definitely on my list but I'm more interested in places that Hounds have found reliable and tasty over the years. All my old standbys seem to have disappeared or gone downhill. I'd love to find a place that does really good souvlaki or Greek-style falafel in pita with good fries on the side for a lunch option. As an example, there was one years ago near Broadway and MacDonald that reminded me of places on the Danforth in TO where you could get that kind of simple, relatively inexpensive food.

      1. re: grayelf

        Ah - I didn't jump to that link. Yeah - I'm interested too!

        1. re: grayelf

          I remember that place, GE. Right between the Petro Can and New Apple Farm market ? It was a small place. And I recall having a fantastic liver & onions, prolly the best I've had to date.

          Greek food in Vancouver is now so prosaic, a real decline in the past 20 years.

          I need to go try Nu.

      2. Just like you, grayelf, I have given up on Greek Food in Vancouver since it all seems the same to me, nothing new or exciting.

        Is what we see at Vancouver Greek restaurants, really what Greek people eat at home? Lemon potatoes, rice and some type of roasted meat?

        However, when my friends crave Greek we usually go to Cristos or Sfinaki's in North Burnaby. I prefer Cristos over Sfinaki's.

        1. great post. i too love to hear what others think.
          i cant even think of any good options. seems like the menu is always the same.
          there must be more ....

          didnt the place on west broadway with the retail store use to have whole roasted lamb on the spit.
          and the was the greek food days on boundary.

          1. bouysous on commercial drive is really good, i dont think i spelled it right though, its at commercial btwn 2nd and 3rd ....yummmy

            1. I definately find the food hit and miss at most Greek places in Vancouver but two of the dishes I love are:

              - the Sweet Basil Spareribs at Simpatico on West 4th (between Vine & Yew)
              - the Greek ribs (lemon and herb rubbed, dry cooked, not saucy) at Olympia Pizza.

              They both come with the ubiquitous rice, potatoes and greek salad (Olympia's "sides" seem a bit better than Simpatico) but the meat on both is wonderful.

              Sweet Basil Cafe
              36 E 4th, Vancouver, BC V5T1E8, CA

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              1. re: islandgirl

                The keftedes (meatballs) at Maria's Taverna (W.4th) are particularly good.

                I love roast lamb shoulder. Kalamata used to be #1 in my books, but no longer after their move and renovations.

                1. re: islandgirl

                  islandgirl, have you been to Simpatico's since the renos? I used to go there for a couple of their Greek pizzas (I know, I know) but not much else. I haven't been to Olympia in yonks and it's close to home, maybe I'll give it a try again.

                  I think I went off Maria's because they serve whole wheat pita :-). At any rate, perhaps a revisit for the kefte.

                  I guess I was kinda hoping for a rec on a place that did more than one thing really well. Makes it tough to take other people if you have to say "only order this one dish" if ya know what I mean...

                  1. re: grayelf

                    We've been to Simpatico twice since the renos. The menu and food quality are still the same and the staff is all familiar. Their pizza is nice with the whole wheat crust (something a little different). As mentioned, I love their Sweet Basil Spareribs but have also enjoyed their Roast Chicken and the Hunter Chicken (can't remember the menu name but it has peppers and mushrooms in the sauce), and both the Roast and Rack of Lamb are yummy too. My husband enjoys the baked pastas. I wouldn't recommend the Calamari (tends to be too well-done/over cooked for my liking and sometimes greasy) and the dips come with sort of French bread instead of pita which is just weird IMO.

                    At Olympia we've been enjoying their pizzas and as I mentioned the Greek Ribs were yummy the other night. My husband had the 1/2 roast chicken and baked lasagna which both smelled wonderful. I noticed some reviewers on other websites have commented on poor service and long wait times but we haven't experienced that in the half dozen times we've been. Maybe only large groups run into this?

                    1. re: islandgirl

                      Great, both are near me so I will have to revisit and report :-).

                2. I go to Apollonia since it's so near me, but can't really compare to other Greek around town. The roast lamb shoulder is a reliably good and hearty meal on a cold rainy night. Wine list is pretty meh though.

                  1. RIP Ouzeri - sniff sniff.

                    Haven't had decent Greek food since : (

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                    1. re: waver

                      well try bosyous on commercial drive , again, my spelling of it isnt correct but close. its really good, good sakanaki, calamari, and souvlaki, good atmosphere too, dark and romantic, if u like that kinda thing

                      1. re: waver

                        Ouzeri! And RIP Le Grec (Commercial Dr).

                        1. re: waver

                          +1 :-(

                          Is Acropol still around ? You know, the one with "Alex" the Manneguin (that's what I call him) standing outside the door ? Haven't been there for a few years, but they had good meats, cornish game hens, even seafood dishes (had a really nice trout dish once) and vegetarian options. One of those well-rounded Greek restos. Grayelf is that what you're looking for ?

                          1. re: LotusRapper

                            "And RIP Le Grec (Commercial Dr)"

                            Yup-those were the days!

                            Slumming on Commercial Drive in a fabulous spot with amazing food/cheap booze and good company.

                            1. re: LotusRapper

                              RIP Alex (LoL) but Acropol still there. Not salutary when I last went though that was a good year ago.

                              RIP Ouzeri (big time).

                              Acropol Restaurant
                              2942W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K2G8, CA

                              1. re: grayelf

                                Does anyone remember the souvlaki place on Denman near the beach? That place was fantastic!

                                1. re: brokentelephone

                                  Yes I do remember that place ! Next door to Kim Prints. I'm pretty sure the space is now Vera's Burger.

                                2. re: grayelf

                                  Really, Alex is goner? Seems like yesterday we exchanged meaningful glances.

                                  And yes, Le Grec: more sadness.

                                  This thread is getting as depressing as the nacho one : (

                            2. I recently had some business at the Greek consulate, and asked the woman helping me if there was a consensus best Greek restaurant. She thought for a quite a while, and eventually decided Apollonia, but didn't really seem convinced, and so proceeded to ask everyone else in the consulate, and even made a couple of phone calls. "I guess it IS Appolonia," she finally conceded, but still seemingly disappointed THAT was the best. I tried it before Christmas. They did a very good skordalia. And a pretty good avgolemeno soup. The prices were good. It wasn't amazing, though. It's disappointing that nobody's really taken on contemporary Greek here. It's the same dozen dishes everywhere you go. In the last few years, Greek chefs in Melbourne have really updated the cuisine.

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                              1. re: bookley

                                I just looked at Nu's "new" menu online and must say that it does look awfully enticing and certainly a more modern spin on Greek food than what i have seen elsewhere in these parts. Also, the prices seem extremely reasonable.

                                1. re: anewton

                                  I've been to the new Nu a couple of times now and I have to say the food has been pretty good - definitely better than 99% of Greek food I've had in this city - and the price point is totally reasonable. It never ceases to baffle my mind that people line up to go to Stepho's on Davie St. - blech!

                                  1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

                                    I happen to like Stehho's but won't line up for it, nor any other resto for that matter

                              2. Panos Greek Taverna in south Van (on Marine Dr.) gets good reviews in terms of Greek restaurants in Vancouver. I've been once and I enjoyed it, but that was a long time ago.

                                Panos Greek Taverna
                                654 SE Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V5X2T4, CA

                                1. I quite liked Kefi's. It's not in Vancouver, but juuust outside Burnaby in Coquitlam. Actually it's not far from where Ouzeri used to be.

                                  Kefi Greek Kouzina
                                  100 Schoolhouse St, Coquitlam, BC V3K6V9, CA