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Sampling the local cusine

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Greek 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.
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The Taverna will often be the focal point of a Greek holiday. Children are readily accepted.


A fish 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 freshly caught.


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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.

Snack Bars

Quick, easy and usually good value for money. Found in Corfu town and some of the more touristy resorts.


Great 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 feta cheese.


A 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.


A meeting place, mostly for the local male population who manage to spend a great deal of the day talking about politics and football!


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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.


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