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A Culinary Journey Through Athens
Where to Make Your Stomach Happy

Milos Athens
Hilton Athens
46 Vassilissis Sofias Ave.

Costas Spiliadis, the affable owner of Estiatorio Milos in Montreal and New York, will have a much shorter distance to ship his Greek specialty items at his newest restaurant, Milos Athens. Housed in the Hilton Athens, which was completely renovated to welcome the 2004 summer Olympics, the restaurant’s soaring ceilings and poolside terrace evoke a Greek sailing vessel. And what a crew Spiliadis has assembled to pilot his gastronomic Odyssey: Four Greek chefs create the menu, assisted by a rotating cast of traditional cooks in the “grandmothers kitchen,” which showcases the country’s regional cuisines. Like its siblings in North America, Milos Athens focuses on seafood, appearing in dishes like monkfish saganaki and steamed, fresh botargo in saffron-wine sauce; as well as fine wines, scouting out the up-and-coming Greek bottlings to complement favorites from the New and the Old World.

Other Athens Restaraunts

Xenokratous 19

A homey taverna named after the family that has owned and run it since the 1920s. Greek classics such as stuffed zucchini, eggplant with baked Greek cheese and yummy one-pot specialties have made this place famous.

Hytra Lagonissi
Nauarxou Apostoli 7
Athens, Psirri

Belongs to the school of new restaurants that emphasize ingredients. Best results when chef Giannis Mpaxevanis is in the kitchen.

Ilias Paidakia
Best grilled lamb chops in the city. Taverna style tables outside in a nice quite residential setting, frequented by locals. Order one kilo of lamb chops, tomato salad, french fries, tirokafteri and drink the rosé house wine.

Margaro Peiraias
Hatzikyriakou 126
Peiraias, Hatzikiriakio

Located next to the Greek Naval Academy, minimal menu with salads, excellent bread and the best fried shrimps. Very busy place.

Spondi Restaurant
Pirronos 5
Athens, Pagrati

French Cuisine, elegant environment, prompt service, out of the way... but worth the visit.

(Updated: 07/02/08 HC)

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