The Danforth otherwise known as Greektown, is apparently the largest Greek neighbourhood in North America. It’s also home to a massive amount of Greek restaurants, and for someone who loves Tzakiki and souvlaki, mama I’m home. Now I’m not sure if I’m extremely gullible or just hopeful, but I’ve been told that Greek wine has less preservatives therefore doesn’t give you a hangover in the morning. So I take the challenge to slowly eat (and drink) my way down The Danforth. Opa!
Mr. Greek and the Real Greek. Ok ok, I know its not the real thing but if you want something to take out at night instead of a greasy pizza…this is the business. Greek fast food with a healthy edge—it usually comes with some sort of Greek salad.
Ouzeri (500 Danforth Ave): Really nice vibe and packed with Greeks, always a good sign. This is the place to order a bunch of starters and share with friends tapas style. Best dish for me: Grilled Calamari. With a litre of wine for $30…how can you go wrong?
Pan (516 Ave Danforth): I’ve been here twice and haven’t been impressed with the food, but the restaurant especially at Christmas has a great atmostphere and the free belly dancing on the weekend is a bonus. Best dish: TBD
Christinas (492 Danforth Ave): It has a really good reputation and I’ve enjoyed the food, but my first time here was tarnished by a group of screeching women. My second time at Christina’s, our waiter scolded my boyfriend because he left the fat on his ribs. After that I felt like if I left my veggies on my plate I was going straight to my room! Best dish: Grilled shrimp
Pappas Grill (440 Danforth Avenue): It says on its website that its critically acclaimed to be among Toronto’s best Greek restaurants but if you take a look on www.yelp.ca this place gets slammed. For me, I liked it. The food was good and the decor and atmostphere was fantastic. Best dish: Garithes Me Feta or shrimp baked with garlic tomatos and feta. A really small portion of only 4 shrimp (so you’re paying $3 a shrimp) but oh so good.