Six Pack: Mediterranean Food In Philadelphia

Editor’s Note: Once again, we have some new Foobooz interns to introduce to the community. And as we have done before, we’re letting them say hello by way of the classic Foobooz Six Pack–offering up a little taste of something they love in order to tell you who they are.

This week, we have Temple student Esther Katro–the girl with the weirdest lunchbox. Take it away, Esther…

I’m Esther Katro, I’m Greek, and I’ve been raised on–and consistently seek out–Mediterranean food. I’ve always been the girl at school with the most  diverse lunchbox, consisting of various Mediterranean foods with funny names, scents and textures. As a multimedia journalism student at Temple University, I believe in bringing virtual color and dimension to food through video.

Philadelphia is a Greek word, and the city has a strong Greek architectural influence and a heavy dose of Mediterranean food on the scene. So check out any of these great restaurants for a filling meal guaranteed to be cooked with a ton of olive oil.

Authentic Greek On The Cheap At Olympia Restaurant

You can’t beat a platter of olympic proportions for a small price! The food is authentically Greek and the dining room is staffed by Greek personalities, but there’s also an Italian section on the menu delving into the western diet of the Mediterranean.

Olympia Restaurant [Fairhill]127 W Allegheny Ave
215-425-2073

Greek Salads At Zorba’s Tavern

If you’re into salty food, then a Greek salad from Zorba’s–with its pounds of olives and mountain of crumbled feta cheese–is guaranteed to give you your recommended daily dose.

Zorba’s Tavern [Fairmount]
2230 Fairmount Avenue
215-978-5990

Avgolemono Soup at Athena Restaurant

Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom and the hunt, Athena is surely a wise place for you to hunt down. It’s got an extensive menu, is easy on the wallet, and whether you’re looking to enjoy fresh Mediterranean-style fish on the outdoor dining patio, or a warm bowl of lemony avgolemono soup on a cold day, the Mediterranean music playing during your visit is sure to complement your meal.

Athena Restaurant [Glenside]
264 Keswick Avenue
215-884-1777

A Cypriot Breakfast At Kanella

Look, you can do better than the plate of souvlaki and eggs at the nearest Greek diner when it comes to having breakfast the Mediterranean way. And at Kanella, you can do it with housemade lamb merguez sausageswith duck eggs and yogurt, or the “Cyprus Breakfast” of eggs fried in olive oil, fried halloumi and lounza fresh off the grill.

Kanella [Washington Square West]
1001 Spruce St
(215) 922-1773

A Mini-Vacation To The Mediterranean At Estia

With an authentic menu that’s sure to test your bilingual skills, food served on blue and white plates, and live Greek Music, just pick your favorite location in the Mediterranean, close your eyes and you’ll feel like you’re already there.

Estia Restaurant [Center City]
1405 Locust Street
215-735-7700

Getting Sweet At Manakeesh

Nuts for nuts? There’s a desert out there, with layer upon layer of crushed nuts, all glued together with honey and wrapped up tight in crispy filo dough. The large slices of Lebanese baklava served here will always leave you wanting more.

Manakeesh Cafe and Bakery [University City]
4420 Walnut Street
215-921-2135

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  • philamatt

    Didn’t the Pita Pit close awhile back – I think its Honeygrow now? Not an auspicious start…..

  • Lindsay Kerrigan

    Ha – Honey Grow is my fav! Way to go Esther!

  • Sheriff Lobo

    Pita Pit… really? A Food blog can not even edit an article that contains references to a place that has been closed for many months?

  • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/author/jsheehan Jason Sheehan

    Yes, much to the disappointment of the college crowd, Pita Pit is no more. Thanks for the reminder (and the opportunity to once more plug the breakfast menu at Kanella).

  • Alimentarian

    Faint praise for Kanella–it snuck in only because one of the original six turns out to have been closed. It should have been first.

  • anon

    See……unsupervised unedited interns with terrible information make it to published blog post. The inmates are running the asylum at foobooz hahaha

  • http://www.kasbahcafe.comcastbiz.net/ Lisa Harris Elmouaquite

    Esther, please come and visit Kasbah Cafe. We are newly opened in Hatboro, BYOB, mediterranean (Morocco). I love Manakeesh!

  • Xoxo

    I love Athena. The gyros are great.

  • Mezzeamore

    We really need a hummus 6-pack!!

  • barryg

    Another Internet-researched grab bag with crappy restaurants nobody at Foobooz has been to. Then again the list of Top 50 restaurants they spent months working on and eating at was equally unenlightening.

  • kissyfur

    Umm, maybe there have been some recent developments in Greece that I’m unaware of, but last I heard, Athena was the goddess of wisdom, crafts and war, while Artemis (Diana to the Romans) was the goddess of the hunt.

  • Jimmy

    Monday morning quarterbacks…

  • no

    @Jimmy: I think there’s a difference between a “Monday morning quarterback” and simply asking for the most basic of factual accuracy.

  • Alimentarian

    @11, correct. All in all, exceptional job on this post.