While Detroit’s Greektown was first established in the 1820s, most of those residents eventually moved to other parts of the city, and about 100 years later, a new Greektown was established. If you love Greek cuisine, then there are many terrific Greek restaurants in Detroit. Here are 10 that you may want to try.
Best Moussaka in Detroit
Located right in the heart of Greektown, Santorini Estiatorio is one of the newest Greek restaurants in Detroit and one that you will be sure to want to try. In the evening, consider starting your meal with a hot or cold appetizer like oktapodi or flash fried calamari. One of the toughest choices you will need to make is whether you want eggplant moussaka or the trio that is also served with spanakotiropita and pastitsio. Order a glass of red wine imported from Greece and finish your meal with loukoumades or creme brulee.
Must-stop for Flaming Saganaki
With two locations in Detroit and one in St. Clair Shores, there is a Pegasus Taverna located near your current location when you visit the city. While you will find chicken, seafood, lamb and veal on their menu, offers some of the best gyros in Detroit. If you are not a fan of gyros, then opt for their spinach cheese pie instead. Their Greek salad topped with your choice of dolmathakia, various meats or artichokes is hard to beat. Regardless of what you decide to order make sure to start your visit with their flaming saganaki.
American Twists on Greek Food
If you are looking for an American twist to Greek food, then check out The Greek where you will find chicken kabobs seasoned with their own house spice blend, spinach pie served on a flaky phyllo crust and mouthwatering Fattoush salad. This establishment near Comerica Park is a great place to stop before or after a game.
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Warm Greek Bread Awaits
While many things about Detroit’s Greektown have changed throughout the years, one thing that remains constant is the quality of the gyros from the Golden Fleece Restaurant. Watch them carve the meat off a spit at the front of the establishment within full view of everyone. Feast on the baskets of warm Greek bread that arrive as soon as you are seated. Golden Fleece’s selection of imported Greek beers is hard to beat. Their rooftop area is a great place to relax when the weather is nice.
Old World Decor
You will feel like you have stepped back in time when you visit Greektown’s New Parthenon Restaurant that stays open to 3 AM every day. Greek white and red wines are available by the bottle or glass. Vegetarians delight in the wide number of choices including pastitio, moussaka and spanakotiropita. The kabobs are made fresh here and the Greek burger is top notch. End your meal with a piece of fresh Parthenon cake or bougatsa.
Award-winning Greek Pizza
While Niki’s has been voted one of the top 25 places in America to eat pizza by GQ Magazine, you will most definitely not be disappointed in the quality of their other Greek food. Splurge on their hot pita bread. This establishment has been serving hungry diners since the 1980s, and their experienced wait staff ensures you are pleased with every bite of your meal. Their saganaki and their flaming Greek sausage are definitely great choices while watching local sports on the large-screen televisions.
Greek Street Food
If you are looking to try Greek street food, then a stop at Souvlaki is in order. Their specialty is their fresh pork or chicken served on a skewer. For a special treat, order their Souvlaki skewer made with a mixture of lamb and beef and served with their special house dressing. They also have some of the best and largest Greek salads in Detroit. If you have never had Greek fries topped with feta cheese and oregano and special sauces like tzatziki, tahini or spicy mustard, then you owe it to yourself to stop here the next time you are down the river.
Fast Greek Shawarma
If you are in a hurry to try great Greek food in Detroit, then check out Detroit Shawarma. The experience here starts with choosing the size bowl that is right for you. Then, you choose your protein from a wide variety of choices including beef and chicken shawarma or beef or chicken kafta kabob. Then, top it with your favorite ingredients including onion, feta cheese, beets, black olives and many other choices. You will be on your way to a delicious Greek meal that is sure to please.
Raw Greek Food
You can find a variety of different Mediterranean cuisines at La Palma including mouthwatering Greek cuisine. The emphasis at this restaurant is on serving food prepared with the freshest ingredients with many raw food options. If you are looking for a light lunch option, make sure to consider their lamb chili. Their shawarma is particularly well done at this establishment. When dining here, make sure to try their juice bar and their fresh fruit smoothies.
Considered to be the national food of Greece, stop at Athens Souvlaki for authentic fasolatha made with dry white beans, olive oil, tomato and a variety of vegetables. This casual restaurant located in the Detroit suburb of Southfield also offers delicious gyros and outstanding Greek yogurt. The pita bread is baked daily. Many of their gyros contain both lamb and beef while being marinated in a delicious yogurt sauce. While this restaurant is tucked away in the corner of a mall, you will be amazed at the quantity and quality of the food served here.