Archontiko: We came her our
first night. This is an Ouzerie on the coast on the area
called Zefiros which is the eatsern part of the city and
is known for the seafood restaurants which are popular with
Greeks though few tourists stumble upon them. This restaurant
had a large assortment of seafood mezedes (snacks) and dishes
including clams on the halfshell, fried mini-shrimp, and
my favorite which was a rice and seafood dish served in
some kind of conch shell. We drank the Rhodean Ouzo which
was pretty good. Pretty strong too.
Mimakos: When Michalis told
us we were going to a place near Faliraki we had a scary
feeling that we would be surrounded by young beer drinking
tourists eating mousaka and chips. But instead we drove
past the popular resort town and out into the wilderness
to a taverna that sat on top of what seemed to be an egg-shaped
mountain that we had to drive around until we reached the
summit. Inside Greek rembetika music was playing and all
sorts of steaks, chops, sausages and shish-ka-bobs were
piled high on tables, including ours a few minutes
after ordering. Terrific local wine, I began with the red,
tried the white and then could not decide which I liked
better so drank them both. I don't remember the trip back
to the city but I awoke without a hangover. Andrea is a
vegetarrean and there was plenty for her to eat as well.
This Ouzerie-Mezedopoulion could not be easier to be found
and yet could not be in a more unlikely place. Located in
the New Market at Mandraki Harbor, it is the only true ouzerie
in an arewa known for its touristy grill restaurants and
patisseries. The owners and as far as I could tell the only
employees, Nikos and Christine, cook and serve some of the
best traditional Greek and Turkish dishes that I have found
anywhere. Maybe the best melitsanasalata (eggplant dip)
in Greece. Big leafy delicious salads. We ate here three
times during our visit, twice for lunch and once for dinner.
In fact this was the one restaurant that I found on my own
and we brought Michalis Axarlis and his wife Dora here.
In Michalis own words: "Never
would I expect to find a restaurant such as this here. I
will return and not only once".
I could not have put it better.
Mikes: I don't know if the
restaurant is called Mikes or Mike's but we stumbled upon
it one day in the old city, exhausted from the museums and
looking for somewhere simple, untouristy and cheap. This
seemed to be all three and we splurged and had some fried
barbounia (red mullet) a large salad and some steamed mussles
which never came. It is tough to find and only has around
8 tables but it is on Parados Socratous street which is
off Socratous street a block up from Ippokratous Square.
in the town of Ialysos is run by Petros and Eleni. It is on the main road (at the
Police Station) past the Ialysos
Square. Very good and fresh food. This is where my friend Ana Kamais of Villas
of Greece eats and she recommended it highly.
Tou Tsima. Tiny place on Peleponissou street to the south of the old town, near Diagoras Stadium. Very simple, with unpretentious Greek seafood mezedes. Itís an ouzeria. One of those places you can just sit down and ask the owner to pick out a selection of the dayís
haul. Fresh, delicious food. Recommended by Sophy Steine of Norway, a regular visitor to Rhodes.
For more restaurants visit the Guide
put together by Nick Axarlis the taxi driver at Nicholas'
Guide to Restaurants in Rhodes There are hundreds of
restaurants in both the old and new city that are geared
for tourists and some of them are probably good. I mean
they can't all be bad, right? You will recognize them because
they all have photographs of the food like restaurants in
New York's Chinatown. Speaking of which there are lots of
Chinese Restaurants in Rhodes. For deserts there are lots of cafes
including those in the front of the New Market, facing the harbor,
which are generally more expensive because of their location and
I don't even know why I mention them since they will probably grab
you and try to get you to sit down. Same goes for the Scandinavian
Bakery (or is it the Swedish?) where you have to stand in line to
get a pastry or a coffee in the morning. But there are plenty of
other places for deserts, ice-cream, coffee drinks and snacks, scattered
around the city. For breakfast we always opted for the buffet at
the Hotel Mediterranean but we ordered espresso from the bar rather
than drink the coffee that the waitors kept pouring. Remember that
if you are a serious coffee drinker, much of what you hope to accomplish
in a day depends on the strength of those first few cups.