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Souvlaki and Gyro Deliciousness – Athens

June 19, 2011 | 4 Comments
souvlaki @ o thanasis gyro @ sabbas
kebab @ o thanasis tzatziki @ o thanasis

David and I had pricier meals in Athens, but our favorites were the meat-stuffed, white sauce-laden ones quickly scarfed down in Monastiraki Square. David was a fan of the souvlaki at O Thanasis and I was blown away by the gyro at Sabbas.

souvlaki @ o thanassis

On our first visit to O Thanasis, David ordered the chicken souvlaki platter (€9.20/$13.16), grilled pita bread topped with chunks of chicken cooked over wood coals, onions, tomatoes, paprika, parsley, and dried oregano. David gets squeamish when chicken isn’t cooked all the way through, so he was quite happy to find the chicken fully cooked and still juicy.

tzatziki @ o thanasis

The chicken was well-seasoned, and it didn’t need any tzatziki, but we love the garlicky stuff, so we ordered a plate to slather on. It’s not traditional to do so, but if it tastes good, why not? One order (€3/$4.29) gets you a giant mound of tangy tzatziki with lots of cucumber slivers.

kebab @ o thanasis

I ordered a kebab sandwich (€2.30/$3.29), salty beef and pork meat wrapped in a pita with onions, tomatoes, parsley, and paprika. The kebab was very flavorful with a slight gamey taste. Because of the gaminess, a few globs of zippy tzatziki benefited the sandwich greatly.

gyro @ sabbas

A few days later, David went back for more souvlaki at O Thanasis, while I went across the street to Sabbas for a pork gyro (€1.90/$2.72), a pita sandwich with pork, onions, tomatoes, white sauce, paprika, and parsley. I’m used to gyros made from pressed lamb meat in the States, but at Sabbas, you get slices of actual chicken or pork. I opted for pork, and it was a gyro revelation. The pork was juicy with lots of charred edges, the pita was fluffy on the inside with a crunchy exterior, and the white sauce was creamy, tart, and eggy. Egg-based sauces are usually reserved for chicken gyros, but it was awesome with the pork as well.

gyro @ sabbas Price doesn’t always determine the deliciousness of food. On our next trip to Athens, I’ll be heading straight to Sabbas. You know where David will be.

O Thanassis
Mitropoleos 69 (b/n Monastiraki Square & Kallipou; map)
Athens, Greece
210-324-4705

Sabbas
Mitropoleos 86 (b/n Kallipou & Kirykeiou; map)
Athens, Greece

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4 Comments

  • Jenny at 6:43 pm on June 19, 2011

    I am growing to like greek dishes, the food look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gabrielle • Fig Test Kitchen at 12:18 pm on June 23, 2011

    Oh my goodness these gyros are beautiful! Props for making one the most unphotogenic foods in the world into some of the most beautiful food pictures I’ve seen in a while :)

  • bionicgrrrl at 11:01 pm on June 30, 2011

    @Jenny – You’re welcome and thanks!

    @Gabrielle – I try. Some of the most unphotogenic foods are delicious!

  • sarah@spinach and spice at 9:38 am on August 5, 2011

    oooh man how I miss this food! looks deliciouuus.

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