Athenians who love fresh-grilled lamb chops and thick-cut fried potatoes that could have come from their yiayia's very kitchen flock to this classic taverna along a quiet pedestrianized street in Thission. It's a place to relax with friends: split a giant plate of paidakia (lamb chops), fries, creamy tzatziki, and fava bean spread. Even the bread is prepared the Greek way: grilled and sprinkled with olive oil and oregano. The tables on the street fill rapidly so arrive early to soak in the Greek island vibe. The original old-fashioned hangout with a gated garden is on Eptahalkou, and a more recent and more modern-looking extension is a bit farther down Thessalonikis street (Thessaolonikis 7; 210/342–2407; closed Mon.; no lunch during the week). Reservations are accepted, but credit cards are not.
Eptachalkou 5, Athens, 10033, Greece