Science has shown that the surest way to brighten one’s outlook is through the palate. This is why we like to have a few go-to options in our back pocket, seeing as Metro Vancouver is full of them. For particularly dreary days, taking a culinary journey to Greece never fails. So have a scroll down, and let’s take a tour through our favourite local spots that have us salivating for souvlaki and pita.
Sfinaki Greek Taverna
Often voted as one of Burnaby’s best places for Greek, Sfinaki has been delighting Metro Vancouver diners for over 25 years with their homestyle recipes. A family business, each member of the flock helps out whether in the kitchen or front of the house, and that sense of tradition and ownership shows. With a menu that could be described as street food meets comfort food, this is a delicious gem to try.
4061 Hastings St, Burnaby
Transit: R5 Rapidbus Eastbound to Gilmore Ave
Cosmos Greek Restaurant
About a 30-foot walk to the water, this beachside bistro has been a staple on the White Rock strip for decades. With portions fit for a king, a visit to Cosmos ensures you’ll be feasting for at least another day once you pack up your plate. That is if you can resist eating the succulent skewers and piping hot pita all in one sitting.
14871 Marine Dr, White Rock
Transit: 351 bus to White Rock, transfer to 363 Southpoint bus at White Rock Centre, get out at Johnston Rd @ Buena Vista Ave, a 10 min walk from there
The Greek Corner
Surrey is already a food destination for South Asian cuisine, but there are also plenty of options for those craving Mediterranean. The Greek Corner in particular is one that deserves a visit if you’re in the mood for freshly made Greek delicacies. The baklava is wonderfully flaky without being too sweet, while the generously portioned roasted lamb platters are tender and juicy.
7218 King George Blvd #123, Surrey
Transit: Expo Line Skytrain to King George Station, transfer to 321 White Rock South bus, exit at King George Boulevard
Kostas Greek Restaurant
Nothing makes eating authentic Greek food better than enjoying a bit of live entertainment. This neighbourhood favourite in Langley City serves up outstanding lamb souvlaki, fluffy rice pilaf along with weekly belly dancing and accordion performances. You’ll be transported closer to Santorini with every bite!
20080 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Transit: Expo Line Skytrain to Surrey Central Station, transfer to 502 Langley Ctr bus, exit at Fraser Highway @ 200 St.
Vancouver & Vancouver’s North Shore
The Greek by Anatoli
With a more modern vibe than many Greek spots, The Greek by Anatoli has three trendy locations downtown that don’t skimp on flavour. Start with a cocktail while you peruse the menu, and by the time your Athens Mule arrives, you’ll be ready with your order. Haloumi Caprese to start, followed by wild salmon souvlaki and grilled octopus, and to finish the meal, Lukomathes (Greek-style donuts tossed in cinnamon sugar smothered in honey)… K this is now just one of those articles listing what we’d eat right now.
Yaletown: 1043 Mainland St, Vancouver
Transit: Canada Line to Yaletown-Roundhouse
Gastown: 221 Carrall St
Transit: Canada Line or Expo Line to Waterfront Station, walk Eastbound 5 mins
North Shore: 5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Transit: Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, walk Northbound 5 mins
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