Get Yourself to the Best Greek Food in Boston

By Eric Twardzik
08/17/2021
GRECO

Finding great Greek food in Boston isn’t an odyssey when you have these restaurants at hand. Whether your heart is set on a lamb gyro to-go, a shareable feast, or simply grabbing a pint of fresh Greek yogurt or tzatziki, chart a course to these top Greek spots.

Krasi

Credit: Linda Campos

We know Greek wine is hot right now. But what’s a good glass of Xinomavro without the proper food to pair it with? Krasi covers both bases with a wine list that’s entirely Greek, and a menu of sharing-sized plates like Htipit (whipped feta with roasted red peppers and crispy chicken skins), Xtapodi (grilled octopus with carob honey), and Giouvetsi, an osso bucco-like lamb dish made with ripe tomatoes. If you’re having trouble deciding (and feeling particularly hungry), you can pull for the mythic-sized “Feast of the Gods” that includes nearly everything on the menu.

Esperia Grill

Brighton’s Esperia Grill serves good-old-fashioned Greek kouzina in a no-frills setting. Not that any fancy décor is required: what you’re getting here is classic home-cooking at its finest, best represented by fatty, flavorful and tender Pork gyro or Baked Lamb Shanks with roasted potatoes on the side. Many sides and appetizers are also available by the half-pint or pint to take home: we can’t leave without the spicy feta, hummus, and tzatziki for later.

Kava Neo-Taverna

Never mind that it sits on the corner of one of the South End’s most picturesque streets: Kava’s white-washed interior and menu of shareable fare is enough to transport you to the Greek Islands. The food is thoughtful and well-prepared yet never showy, with classic dishes leading the way like Saganaki Garides (baked shrimp with spicy tomatoes and feta), lamb meatballs, and grilled octopus with lemon and olive oil. We love to keep things simple and order the Mixed Grill—lamb chops, pork and chicken skewers, and Greek sausage—and call it a night, dreaming of Athens.

With locations in Belmont and Lowell, Sophia’s Greek Pantry provides a broad array of Greek and Balkan specialty foods that are either imported or prepared on-site. Among the most popular offerings are the scratch-made spinach pies, moussaka, stuffed peppers, and breadsticks, plus bottled olive oil sourced from the owner’s village in Greece. However, the attraction that may pull in the most visitors is the Greek yogurt bar, which regularly features up to 17 flavors of house-made goat’s milk yogurt, such as Honey Coconut, Honey Strawberry Banana, and Honey Coffee. 

Greco is the fast-casual wing of Boston’s Greek restaurant empire that also includes Krasi and Committee. The Back Bay, Seaport, and Downtown Crossing locations are a step above your average gyro shop, yet also unfussy and authentic. The main move here are the fluffy Pita Wraps, which are filled with crispy fries and your choice of protein, complemented by toppings like tzatziki, mustard sauce, or spicy feta. But don’t overlook dessert; you can indulge in freshly fried Loukoumades (think: Greek doughnut holes), drizzled traditionally with honey, cinnamon and walnuts; or topped with crushed Oreo cookies and powdered sugar. 

Littleburg Vegetable Kitchen

As that ever-quotable line from My Big Fat Greek Wedding attests—“He don’t eat no meat? That’s ok—I make lamb”—Greek cooking isn’t always the most inclusive of vegetarian diets. But Littleburg proves the exception: the fully vegan operation supplies Greek-inspired dishes from a converted Somerville garage. The fare, which features house-baked pitas and almond-based sauces for seitan or oyster mushroom gyros, and Spanakopita made with seasonal vegetables like local greens and summer squash, is all packed to-go to be enjoyed in an adjacent parklet or at their neighbor, Backbar. Homebodies, take note: each week also sees the release of a new prepared meal menu that’s available for delivery. 

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