If you're travelling through Athens on a budget or simply want to sample some "Greek food for Greeks" .. which means - great food without the "frills", then you can certainly do with a local Athenian to make a recommendation and to guide you in the right direction.
"Doris" is a wonderful taverna for its food and service, classified more as a "mageirion" (which means eatery in Greek).
"Mageiria" (plural) are traditionally the type of restaurants created for one purpose only - offering home-made food to locals at reasonable prices. There are not many of these left in Athens these days as eating out has become quite expensive and the focus has moved more to the frills.. live music or the decor of the environment.. making it quite hard to find good food at reasonable prices.
As an 'eatery' you will find that Doris over-qualifies! The selection of plates is quite impressive offering numerous delicious freshly oven-cooked Greek dishes done 100% the traditional way. It is a clean environment with courteous and friendly service. Unfortunately, they do not have a website.. but in my opinion even this reflects their traditional non-frills philosophy.. as their only focus is concentrating on satisfying large crowds of Athenians daily with good food.
'Doris' is located in the busy heart of Athens, just under Syntagma square, which is where most of Athens' jewelry workshops are situated. This is within walking distance of both Syntagma metro station and the Panepistimio metro station.
Average price per person: Below 10 Euros!
Address: Praxitelous 30, central Athens (walking distance from Syntagma square and Plaka)
Opening hours: Daily until 6 p.m.
Booking: You do not need to book at this restaurant, but if you insist on calling first their number is 210 3232671
Highlights: They make their own bread daily and all food is cooked with extra virgin olive oil.. (this is a fine detail you will not find in most of Plaka's tavernas that charge upto 4 times the price for similar dishes). Leave enough space to try their Loukoumades (dessert) after lunch!
Say hello: If you happen to go, say hello to Themis, the delightful owner, from us, the staff at GreekJewelryShop! You may even bump into us as we eat lunch there 1-2 times a week!