Multiple: "Souvlakis and Gyros - Greek food in a roll!" Santorini Island Restaurant Tip by xuessium

Santorini Island Restaurants: 234 reviews and 498 photos

by xuessium

You couldn't possibly visit Greece and not at least try (religious and dietary issues aside) one souvlakis or gyro pita! They are everywhere and extremely popular simply because they are economical, handy, filling and most importantly (most of the time) delicious!

Fantastic chow for budget travelers and backpackers!

At circa Oct 2006 rates, a gyro-pita will only cost you about 2.50 Euros while a souvlakis-pita merely sets you back about 3.50 Euros. For folks traveling on a budget, this is going to be one hell of souvlaki-gyro diet fest!

Santorini was the first place I had them in Greece (since Santorini was my first Greek stop, duh) and in truth, there are more than half a dozen of such cafes/diners I have come across in Fira itself and they are possibly just the tip of the iceberg.

Favorite Dish: I will just mention 2 of such diners.

"Lucky's Souvlakis", within walking distance from the Thera Prehistoric Museum and along main street, is forever thronging with the young partying crowd. People seems to be coming to this place to get over their hangovers and in preparation for the next! Service was a little crusty and haughty and the place can get pretty crowded (note: there are some benches across the street if the shop ran out of seats). To their credit, their souvlakis is tender, moist and comes perfectly grilled and spiced.

The other diner is simply called "Fast Food" and is found just a few stairs up into the Fira "maze" from the main street. Its location at the "mouth" of the town means a steady stream of tourist customers (yours truly included) and I found myself munching on a souvlakis-pita, sandwiched between 2 giggling Japanese ladies and 2, I would assume, African tourists. The chef was too generous with the sour cream and there were some sinewy parts to bite through, so it was quite a mess when I was done with it!

For a closer look at Souvlaki Pita and Gyro Pita, take a look at my Greek Food Travelogue.

Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Fira town
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 3
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 12, 2006
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