This page will give you an idea of what you can eat and how to pronounce it so that you can order on your own in a Greek restaurant without pointing. But pointing is OK too so if you don't memorize all these don't worry. This may be a good page to print out.
Mini and Octopus
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(tsa-tsi-key): Yogurt, cucumber and garlic, and salt.
Great on fresh Greek bread.
-ta): Eggplant salad. Like Babaganoush in the
middle east. Eaten on bread.
-tah): roe of carp. Greek caviar. Don't be
afraid to try it. It doesn't taste like you
expect. Eaten on bread.
-ki): fried cheese. Sometimes comes with
tomato sauce. I like it plain with
Tiro Salata (tee-row
-tah): Cheese salad. Strong sometimes spicy.
Spread on bread
): a hundred different varieties. Don't say
you don't like olives until you have tried
them all. You may find one you can't live
-ree) Soft cheese like
-des): Deep-fried Meatballs. Other areas have
their own variety of keftedes. Sifnos has
-des), made from chickpeas. Santorini has
-des) made from Tomatoes. There are also
-des) made with cheese and psarokeftedes
(psah-row-kef-teh-des) made with fish. They
are all delicious.
-pee-tah) Spinach pie
-pee-ta): Cheese pie
-pee-tah): Meat pie
Choriatiki Salata (hoe-ree-ah-tee-key
-tah): Village salad or what we in America
call a Greek Salad, except here you usually
don't get lettuce. It generally consists of
). Sometimes they leave off the feta so you
have to ask for it and they charge you extra.
When I order I ask for a hoe-ree-ah-tee-key
meh feh-tah, a village salad with feta, just
to avoid this. If you want it without any of
the above items just tell the waitor:
(without) and the name of the
-nee-kah): Cabbage salad.
-ta): Boiled greens. Very healthy and good
with lemon, oil and vinigear.
-tah): Cooked and served like horta but
different greens. Restaurants will have one or
-gan-des): Big beans like lima beans served
either with oil and lemon or with tomatoe
-vah): Dip or stew made from yellow split peas
that can be eaten with a spoon or with
): Boiled zuchinni seasoned with oil, lemon
and sometimes vinegar.
Patates Tiganites (pa-
): fried potatoes. Greek french fries blows
MacDonalds away. It must be the
Patates to Fourno
-no): Oven roasted potatoes. My favorite
): roast vegetables. Usually contains
potatoes, onions, zucchini, eggplant, garlic
-thya): Chickpea stew. Araka
): Peas. Cooked with onions and
-doh): Stew made with lots of small onions,
tomatoes and either rabbit
-des): Grape-leaves stuffed with rice, onions
and sometimes ground beef.
-ya): Spagetti as we call it. Served with
ground beef (meh
) or tomatoe sauce
-tsa). If you want to say without meat say
): Baked and similar eggplant parmegeon but
not as tomato saucy. Contains eggplant,
potatoes, onions, ground beef, oil, cinnamin,
and a flour, milk and butter
-tsyo): Like Lasagna but not as saucy. Layered
noodles, meat, tomato sauce and topping
similar to mousaka but denser.
-es): Artichokes in lemon and egg sauce with
): Stew made with spinach, lemon, eggs and
) Leg of lamb roasted with
-bon-ah): charcoal grilled.
-kya): Ribs grilled.
Psito or Sto Fourno (atoh
-no): Oven Roasted with potatoes or
Me Saltsa (meh
-tsah): In red sauce.
-ras): On the grill
-see): Entrails of lamb wrapped up and roasted
on a spit.
-vli): Big hunks of pork cooked on a
): Lobster. Mediteranean style no
-des): Shrimp, usually large and
-ya): Swordfish. Grilled steaks or
-ya): Red Mullet. Expensive and delicious
grilled or fried.
-des): Small deep-fried fish that can be eaten
whole, heads bones and all.
-pes): Small tasty inexpensive fish served
fried or grilled.
): Cuttle fish. Served grilled or with a red
-dia): Mussels, Steamed or in a wine
-oh): Fried codfish served with garlic sauce
-os), shark is also served this
-thee) Octopus. Delicious like filet-minion.
Can be served grilled (tis ska
-ras) or boiled
-stah). Excellent with ouzo by the
-ya): Squid. Frozen is usually fried in small
pieces. Fresh is usually fried whole. Both
delicious with lemon.
-es): Sardines. Can be served fried, or from
the can with oil. In Lesvos a special treat is
) which means that the sardines were caught
that morning, salted on the boat and served
raw that night. With ouzo it can't be
-ga): smoked herring in olive oil. Usually an
-soup-ah): Fish soup. Potatoes, lemon and egg
base, can be ordered with or without
-ah. Try it with feta or the famous potato
Honeydew Melon is
Rice pudding is
With fruit is me
With honey is me
. Red is Koh
-kee-no. White is as
-pro. Kee-ma is homemade from the