For a healthy heart and happy tummy, choose a Mediterranean diet filled with fish, olives, and veggies. Here are five restaurants around the Philadelphia area for you to get your Greek fix.
Estia Restaurant has the largest whole-fish selection in the city. Imagine European sea bass—sourced from the Mediterranean Sea—charcoal-grilled and drizzled with a lemon olive oil emulsion. Pair with the lightly fried zucchini and eggplant Estia Chips served with tzatziki. 1405-07 Locust St., 215.735.7700, estiarestaurant.com
If you’re in the mood for a quaint restaurant with a loaded menu, choose one of Dmitri’s two locations, and bring your own bottle of wine to accompany the ever so popular Greek Salad and Shrimp Pil Pil to start. 795 S. Third St., 215.625.0556, dmitrisrestaurant.com
Build your own gyro at Yiro Yiro, the Philadelphia food joint with an emphasis on street food. Choose your meat, then fill the pita with an assortment of sauces and veggies—you can even add fries to the bundle. For dessert, order Loukoumades—a fried dough ball recipe from the owners’ aunt who runs a pastry shop in Athens. 6024 Ridge Ave., 267.331.9476, yiro-yiro.com
Zorba’s Tavern, just steps away from the Eastern State Penitentiary, has been proudly delivering Greek food to Philadelphia for over 20 years. Owner Nikos Kravvaritis suggests ordering a popular lamb dish such as Lamb Shank braised with artichokes in a lemon sauce. 2230 Fairmount Ave., 215.978.5990, zorbastavern.com
Featured on Opa’s first menu, Spinach Croquettes—with smokey feta melted inside a crunchy, fried coating—remain a crowd favorite to this day—transporting authentic Greeks back to their mothers’ kitchens where she made this tasty treat for them while growing up. 1311 Sansom St., 215.545.0170, opaphiladelphia.com
Photography by: Opa photo courtesy of Opa; Yiro YIro photo courtesy of Yiro Yiro; Estia photo courtesy of Estia