ISO the best tyrokefteri / kopanisti, spanakopita, avgolemono soup, dolmades, pikilia....
Haven't found a great tyrokefteri in a while. My last order at Megas was ok, but I'm sure there must be a better version out there.
Also haven't found a great version of spanakopita lately- with crisp, buttery filo, lots of spinach filling (more spinach filling than filo), not too heavy on the feta. In the past, I've had a good versions of spanakopita at Pan and Kalyvia, but I haven't ordered it at either place recently. Not a huge fan of the popular Athens Pastries' version, which is flatter and contains more feta than my ideal type of spanakopita. While the Akropolis Pastries ' snail-shaped version is ok, I'm looking for a spanakopita that's more buttery, and has a higher filling:filo ratio.
Best avgolemono soup I've found is at Zorba's, but I'd like to hear about any other recs. Would be nice to have a place with slightly nicer ambiance when I'm not in the mood for the atmosphere at Zorba's.
The best dolmades I've found in the last year or so have been at Pan and Kalyvia. Have you found any good versions elsewhere lately?
So far, the best pikilias (combo appetizer platter including dips, maybe spanakopita, maybe loukaniko sausage, maybe meatballs, maybe dolmades, etc) have been at Kalyvia and Megas. Which other pikilia would you recommend?
Thanks for any of your suggestions.
Old spanakopita thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/727670
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Pan on the Danforth
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Visited Avli today for first time in 2 years. Good versions of imam bayaldi, skordalia, and maroulosalata. Decent fried kalamarakia (crispy, more tender and better tasting kalamari than a previous order a few years ago- my favourite fried kalamari is Malena's version on Ave Rd south of Davenport, but this is quite good for the Danforth and the pricepoint), nicely grilled stuffed kalamari, and tender shrimp in fennel & ouzo sauce.
I realize a lot of CHs diss (or have given up on) the Greek food on the Danforth, but my last 5 meals on the Danforth (pork stick and avgolemono soup at Zorba's in January, chicken souvlaki & grk salad at Asteria east of Pape in Feb, gyros plate, greek fries & salad at Messini in Feb, chicken souvlaki, maroulosalata & avgolemono soup at Megas in March and imam, maroulosalata, kalamari & shrimp at Avli in March) have been better than previous meals I've had on the Danforth.
Seems that some restaurants are making an effort to improve their product, and some restaurants that have been mediocre or hit & miss in the past have improved their game lately. While I'm not suggesting that these restaurants do everything well, or that they're worth the drive from Acton, some of these restaurants might be worth revisiting.
As always, your mileage may vary.
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Tried the small avgolemono soup at Megas last night. It was somewhat thicker than the soup at Zorba's, and a decent version, with plenty of chicken, rice, as well as a slice of lemon on the side.The small maroulosalata (romaine, green onion & dill salad) was generous and quite good, and the chicken souvlaki was surprising tender and seasoned nicely.
Thanks for the rec. Will try their spanakopita soon. Might as well try their tyrokefteri & avgolemono soup while I'm there, too :-)
Has anyone eaten at Palace restaurant lately? It's a Greek friend's go-to for comfort food, but I haven't eaten there in years.
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