If you're dreaming of the Mediterranean and its fresh coastal foods but can't take a flight to Santorini, why not hit up a really good Greek restaurant in the city? Narcity spoke with Greek food specialist Thanos Tripi about what the best Greek restaurants are in the 6ix.
Tripi shared some of his favourite Greek restaurants and bakeries in Toronto, and here are six to check out for when you're dying to have some Mediterranean flavours.
Price: 💸💸- 💸💸💸
Address: 522 King St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Tripi says Myth are the newcomers to modern Greek dining.
"[Their] thoughtfully designed interior takes you straight to the Greek Islands," Tripi told Narcity, adding that it really lends itself to a "Mykonos-style night on the town."
Myth is packed with fresh seafood mains like their Tónos Steak, which is a yellowfin tuna topped with sea salt and gremolata over a cauliflower puree. They also boast some classic appetizers like a flaky Spanakopita and Flaming Saganaki.
Price: 💸- 💸💸
Address: 5 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Tripi told us that Alexandros Gyros has been a staple of Greek cuisine for the past 20 years.
"It's the real deal," he added. "Exactly how it's prepared on the streets of Athens."
You can grab a classic chicken or pork gyros pita (or even opt for a totally vegetarian, one too.) And, if you're not feeling a wrap for your meal, you can opt for having it served on a bed of rice, fries, or salad.
Alexandros Gyros also has a dinner combo built for two to share, which comes with your gyros pita of choice, a large Greek salad, large Greek fries or their poutine, and two bottled sodas.
Why You Need To Go: "It's been around forever," Tripi told Narcity. "[It] used to be my father's hang-out for coffee on the Danforth. [They] still use family recipes to make their own phyllo for Greek pies and pastries."
Sip on a piping hot espresso or Greek coffee while you enjoy some of their sweet treats like their Loukoumathes (which are their honey puffs.) If you don't have a sweet tooth, they have some scrumptious savoury options too.
"[It's] about as close as you'll get to a traditional pie shop in Greece," Tripi added.
Price: 💸- 💸💸
Address: 830 Pape Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: "My parents always bought family birthday cakes from here," Tripi shared with Narcity.
From mini baklavas packed with pistachios to traditional cookies and cakes, there is a wide variety of Greek baked goods to choose from. There's even a food market that is packed with imported grocery items.
Unsure of what to try? Tripi recommends their bougatsa, which is a flaky phyllo pastry.
Address: 707 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Tripi said Athens Restaurant on Danforth is famous for their magirefta, which means home-style oven-cooked dishes in Greek.
"Rustic, and always well-executed," Tripi said, adding that they serve honest Greek fare.
Some of their house specialities include mousaka, which is oven-baked layers of minced meat, eggplant, zucchini, and a creamy potato bechamel (and it is even gluten free!). Vegans can try their gemista, which is their take on stuffed bell peppers.
If you're unsure of what to try, Tripi recommends keeping an eye out for the daily specials.
Price: 💸- 💸💸
Address: 405 Donlands Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Select Bakery is a traditional Greek, family-run forno, and Tripi is a close family friend to the owner, Kostas Katsamakis.
"His father, Manolis, moved from Athens to Toronto in the '70s and quickly became famous for his traditional Greek classics like baklava and loukoumades," Tripi said.
Loukoumades are mini beignets soaked in honey and topped with walnuts and cinnamon. Select Bakery offers an extensive menu of Greek baked goods, and they even stock some holiday classics around Christmas and Easter time.