To know Greek food is to love it. That’s just what has been happening here in Boston where we have seen a record number of Greek restaurants opening in the city. It’s not surprising as Massachusetts reportedly has one of the largest populations of Greek immigrants in the country. Gone are the days when you would have to find a great dish of souvlaki or stuffed grape leaves at a nondescript storefront. Today, Boston’s hautest chefs have caught on to the love of all things Greek. Here’s a look at five of the best restaurants for Greek food in Boston.
1 Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
When celebrity chef Michael Schlow closed Radius at Heritage on the Garden, we were all dismayed, but when word got out he was opening a Greek restaurant in its place, well, we for one, couldn’t have been happier. The restaurant pays homage to Schlow’s wife’s Greek heritage through her family recipes that focus on local, fresh foods. Start with a tasting of spreads with warm pita bread, crispy zucchini chips with spicy cucumber yogurt or lamb meatballs flavored with cumin before moving onto the fall-off-the-bone 15-hour lamb shoulder served with fava bean tabouli.
79 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116
2 Saloniki Greek
Lunch and dinner just got a little better thanks to the arrival of Saloniki Greek, brought to us by chef/owner Jody Adams and her partners from Trade. Choose a pita, plate or salad and fill it with everything from honey garlic braised pork shoulder, pomegranate glazed roasted eggplant and spicy lamb meatballs to lemon oregano chicken and zucchini feta fritters. Top it all off with spicy whipped feta, garlic yogurt or charred eggplant for a truly authentic dish.
4 Kilmarnock Street Boston, MA 02215
Greek meze, tiki cocktails and lounges galore are what you will find at Committee located in the Seaport District. The Mediterranean restaurant is one of the most gorgeous finds for Greek fare in Boston. Come for the cocktails on the patio and stay for the Gemisti Melitzana (stuffed eggplant), layered artichoke moussaka, grilled octopus with white beans and Kalamata olives or the calamari Salonika tossed with pepperoncini.
50 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02210
Wink & Nod in the South End offers a unique approach to dining. Every six months, they invite a restaurateur to their kitchen to create a new concept. Right now, you can sample Executive Chef Brendan Pelley’s modern Greek concept known as Pelekasis. Here you can sample marinated olives and feta, wild boar kaftedes or his famed 100-layer spanakopita (spinach pie). If you are dining with a group, be sure to try the slow roasted leg of lamb for the table (serves up to eight guests that must be pre-ordered in advance) accompanied by lamb fat roasted potatoes, olive oil and lemon braised greens and herb puree.
3 Appleton Street Boston, MA 02115
5 Kava Neo-Taverna
In the South End, it's all about a wine bar/Greek restaurant wrapped up into one beautiful space. The bar is stocked with hard-to-find bottles of Greek wines and liquors while the dining room shines with shared plates of grilled octopus, loukaniko (grilled Greek sausage) and feta wrapped in phylo.
315 Shawmut Avenue Boston, MA 02118