Monday, May 07, 2007

You are where you eat

The lovely Yianna has tagged me for a tasty restaurant meme, which entails the following rules:

  1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you. Include the state and country you're in:
    Nicole Tan (Sydney, Australia)
    velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
    Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
    Olivia (London, England)
    ML (Utah, USA)
    Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
    Yianna (Athens, Greece)
    Melusina (Thessaloniki, Greece)
2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Ok, let’s keep it interesting. I tag:

Sandra, Here in Korea

Kim, Stepping Stones (Tirana, Albania)

Cynthia Rae, Re-Boot, A New Life in Italy

Vol Abroad, The Vol Abroad (London)

Michael, Chez Bez (Nashville, TN, USA)

Now, none of y’all have to feel obliged here (especially Vol, what with the impending Cletus arrival), but it would be interesting to read about where y’all eat.

I’m perhaps not the best person for a restaurant meme, because I am one of those adults with the culinary tastes of a seven-year-old (yes, I could eat pizza every day). I don’t even like the traditional Greek fare of moussaka and pastitsio, because I need to keep my food simple. But we have made our way to a few restaurants here in Thessaloniki, and while most of them I have listed before, I’ll list them again (and yes, we have been to different places, but I like what I like, dammit).

1) Οπτά Πυρί (Opta Pyri), Athonos Square. This place is the traditional Greek taverna, with all kinds of meats and side dishes, but I especially like the κολοκυθοκεφτέδες (mashed fried zucchini in a patty). They have live music at night in the summertime, and are quite reasonably priced.

2) Ούζου Μέλαθρον (Ouzoo Melathron), right off of Venizelou near Tsimiski. This place has a kitcshy, fun feel to it, although the menu might be a bit daunting for folks unfamiliar with Greek fare. Also, the names of some of the dishes might be considered offensive by some prudish types (one dish is called “Maria’s Boobs” and it actually resembles boobs). Also reasonably priced, maybe a bit more expensive than your average taverna.

3) Extrablatt, Alex. Svolou 46. All types of sausages and meat dishes. A plethora of beer choices. Interesting artwork, nice atmosphere. A little pricier than most, expect to spend some money on your meal here, but it is well worth it.

4) Κουρδιστό Γουρούνι (Kourdisto Gourouni), 31, Agias Sofias. Another beer laden restaurant, with good sausages and roast meats, and the best fried potatoes in all of Greece. Again, a little more expensive than the average taverna, but oh so worth it.

5) Pizza Preludio, Justinianus 24, tel. 2310.252046. Yep, I had to do it. I had to include my favorite pizza place. How could I not? I actually don’t know if they have a place to eat in the restaurant, but hey, if you are in the Thessaloniki city centre just call ‘em up and have them deliver. The pizza is fabulous (the crust, divine), and their pasta is pretty damn tasty too.


velverse said...

Haha... wow... Ouzoo seems and sounds like something different and fun :) "Maria's Boobs" eh... Hope it doesn't taste weird.

Did I just hear beer laden and best fried potato in all of Greece.
Yeeha.... Kourdisto Gourouni.. here I come~

By the way, thanks for doing the meme.

Yianna said...

How did I miss Kourdisto Gourouni when I visited Thessaloniki in February? And Pizza Preludio - home of excellent pizza crust?! I haven't found a good pizza place in Athens, alas. Okay next time I come to Thessaloniki we will have to go together to at least one of these places.
Thanks a lot for doing this!

Nicole Tan said...

Thanks for doing the meme had fun reading yours...and Maria's Boobs?? haha i am still laughing my head off

Hope you had fun doing the tag...if you have anyone you know who did the meme tell me and I'll update you guys in my list

Lotus Reads said...

Hey, Mel, what a great listing of restaurants! I don't think I have ever tried a zucchini patty! And oh, Ouzoo Melathron, sounds like a place with a sense of humor...I would love to visit it some day!

melusina said...

Velverse, no the boobs don't taste weird, people LOVE them. It is two mounds of some sort of chicken/cheese concoction with an olive or something on each. ;)

Yianna, I guess we should have given you a list of places to eat! I'm so glad I found this pizza place, Pizza Hut just doesn't cut it forever, and we had a great pizza place in Litochoro (owned by former New York Greeks). Next time you come to Thessaloniki, it is a plan!

Nicole Tan, thanks for starting the meme! Sharing good places to eat (worldwide, no less) is crucial to the happiness of our society.

Lotus Reads, zucchini patties are DIVINE. Much better than their meatball counterparts (even though I love those too). Melathron is a really fun place to eat, they should franchise it, I think!

Cynthia Rae said...

I will get to work on this one. Funny that one of my favorite places to eat in Italy is at a Greek place!


velverse said...

Hahaha... cool... glad to hear they dun taste weird. Now I shall go find out how it taste like.