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Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

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Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

Hi,

Will have a couple of days in Athens to explore, and I am looking for a local spot for lunch, not touristy, relatively inexpensive, and nice atmosphere, but does not have to be fancy at all. Someplace where I can feel comfortable to order (I do not speak Greek). Thinking something authentic, pasticcio, meatballs in lemon sauce, but nothing too large. Something different!

Will be traveling via Metro. Can you help?

Thanks

JT

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1. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

Hey and welcome neighbor:-) Am sure our local experts/contributors will surely kick in shortly..Food is a major, fun topic here! For starters, I'd head over to Scolarchio in the Plaka area..and for sure, Tzitzikas & Mermingas just off Syntagma Square..don't try saying it though..lol!! You can read reviews on both (all the recommendations) here! You'll love Greece..have a blast and totally Enjoy!

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2. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

Hello Jeana,

Gevome and Magevome, Nileas 19 or 13 Thissio, just off main square, {ex pavement leading from Acropolis], or ex near Thissio train station,

absolutely no tourists, simple frills, inexpensive prices, traditional Greek food relatively new tavern {3-4 yrs} excellent service. Favourite with the locals, I've eaten there a few times, can recommend it,

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3. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

Another vote for Scholario! I love this restaurant- they bring the trays out full of small plates and you choose what you want.

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4. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

Another vote for Scholarchio, but also try Aspro Alogo. It's in a small side street (Patroou) between Mitropoleos & Apollon. Very small place, can be limited menu, but all delicious & served with a smile! We introuced Gas to this place & he loved it, just when we thought he knew everywhere he said we had found a liitle gem!

See my review tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g189400-…

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5. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

I will add that the reason we tried the place was that we walked past several times & there was always some Greeks in there!

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6. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

Will you show me where it is when we get there?

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7. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

Of course, we will have a Aspro Alogo meeting too!

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8. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

The Aspro Alogo isn't what used to be John's Place in Patroou, is it? Or is it a new one? Haven't been there for a while ....

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9. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

It looks like I need to start stretching out my stomach!

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10. Re: Looking for casual local lunch -inexpensive authentic food

Hi Nikoletta,

Aspro Alogo is opposite John's place!