eating establishments vary enormously; with locals themselves considering
the best places to be where the food is freshly cooked and plentiful. This is
often where the setting or cuisine is not the fanciest, so it is not
unlikely to find that one of the best 'eating' places is in a particularly
remote spot or in an unlikely location - resembling a front living room! The
combination of traditional cooking and outside influences has produced a
vast range of eating-places in Greece. The following outlines some of the
ones you will find on Corfu:
The most common
and traditional Greek eating place, usually family-run
and open all day.
The Taverna will often
be the focal point of a Greek holiday. Children are readily accepted.
taverna offering fresh fish and sometimes some meat
dishes. Usually the taverna will have their own
'dedicated' fisherman (person) - sometimes this is the
owner. The menu will always reflect what has been
These charcoal grill-room 'tavernas' are mostly found in the mountain villages
and are often one of the most overlooked tourist 'experiences'. The service
can be patchy, the presentation basic, but the taste and quality superb. They
offer just a few starters and salads and many types of barbecued meats. Look
out for 'Kokoretsi' - goat innards wrapped in intestine and gently grilled over
charcoal - is a truly delicious Greek delicacy, but not for the squeamish!
It is not
surprising to fine some great pizza houses on Corfu,
considering the Italian influence. Many also serve
traditional Greek dishes.
easy and usually good value for money. Found in Corfu
town and some of the more touristy resorts.
fun. A sort of takeout offering small
souvlakis (kebabs) often made into 'gyros' by wrapping
them in a toasted pita bread with salad and tzatiki.
It's all they serve, along with a few chips and maybe
cake and coffee shop- often combined with a bakery. (Add
photo of the one at casa lucia.)
A bar that
offers a selection of 'mezes' to go with your drink.
This can range from a few olives and a little feta
cheese, to a large platter of mixed starters.
place, mostly for the local male population who manage
to spend a great deal of the day talking about politics
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Tavernas are often located close to
the beach. The menu will usually be a selection of
mezes. It is unusual to order a starter and
main meal in a taverna - rather a selection
of food is ordered for the table and shared.