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Feb 12, 2012 08:54 AM

Anywhere still doing old-school Danforth Greek food?

I've been working my way along the Danforth searching (so far) in vain for the kind of Greek food that Omonia used to serve - straight-ahead souvlaki with really lemony, waxy potatoes, white vinegar and oregano on the salad, grilled sesame seed bread or pita, and no drizzles of anything except maybe olive oil. If this sounds like the place you go to, please let me know where it is!!

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  1. Asteria and Zorba's, both on Danforth east of Pape, are still serving the straightforward, old school stuff, as is Palace on Pape.

    681 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

    Asteria Souvlaki Place
    679 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

    Palace Restaurant
    722 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K3S7, CA

    1. In addition to the spots mentioned by Prima, there are a few small places on the north side of Danforth Ave that appear to be the old style spots. Another location of Asteria Souvlaki Place is at 292 Danforth Ave, slightly west of The Big Carrot. They don't have a website but there are a few recent reviews here:

      Astoria Shish Kebob House at 390 Danforth (at Chester) looks like they are still serving the "Greek Classic" menu:

      Enjoy all grilled entrees with a fresh greek salad, and your choice of 2 sides: roasted potatoes, savoury rice or french fries.

      Pork Souvlaki (Astoria’s Award Winner) - Small and Large.
      Tender pork, marinated with our secret blend of spices

      Chicken Souvlaki - Small and Large.
      Tender marinated chicken breast grilled to perfection

      Lamb Souvlaki - Small and Large.
      Delicate New Zealand lamb marinated and grilled to your liking

      Beef Souvlaki - Small and Large.
      AAA Top Sirloin lightly marinated in our blend of special seasonings

      Chicken Fillet - Small and Large.
      A tender marinated breast of chicken basted with lemon-oil dressing

      Astoria’s Mix Grill
      Two succulent lamb chops, a delicious quail, and a choice of chicken or pork souvlaki

      New York Striploin (12 oz.
      )A center cut AAA Striploin seasoned and grilled to perfection

      Charcoal Kissed Quails
      Tender quails prepared over a hot bed of charcoal

      Lamb Chops (8oz. and 16oz.)
      Tender New Zealand lamb chops seasoned and grilled to your liking

      4 Replies
      1. re: foodyDudey

        I've been going to Astoria since it was a hole-in-the-wall with pinball machines in the back. It is still my go-to place for grilled meats. They also serve greek yoghurt with quince paste for dessert, which is delicious.


        1. re: Dr. John

          Astoria has certain charms, in particular the tzatziki, they do OK with the grilled meats but over the years they've fancied away some of the old skool touches, the roast potatoes aren't quite right and neither is the salad and in general, except for the tzatziki there's not enough garlic.

          1. re: bytepusher

            Agree that the salad is nothing special. But I like the potatoes. I always ask for double instead of getting the converted rice. Where do you like the potatoes? Ellas used to do them very well.


            1. re: Dr. John

              There's nothing wrong with the potatoes, they're just not "correct" to the particular retro style the OP is talking about, they taste like they are roasted in stock and drippings rather than avgolemono thickened stock and they use a variety of potato that is more crumbly than waxy.