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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Classic Greek Eating

This traditonal eating place  re-opened in the back streets of Poros
It is not a taverna or a ritsorante or a grill place or a bistro.  This new eatery is called a 'Mayerio', a Kitchen and has been in the same place, under various managements for many many years.

My husband worked here when he was a very young lad serving half kilos of wine and running errands.  Child labour.   Not unusual back then as the whole family from Yiayia to toddler helped run the business, as they do still in many places, peeling potatoes, sweeping, carrying heavy trays or for the toddlers just looking cute and attracting customers. It wasn't their family taverna by the way but the couple that ran it were childless and used the local children to run around.  K would work there before and after school till he went into the Naval school.



Little Chief Pot Scrubber




You can eat inside or in the alleyway.





The narrow backstreet where this cook shop is located.
Open from early morning to around 3 or 4, depending on customers, closed in the evenings and weekends


The years of grease and grime have been cleaned off and it has been given a face lift.  



Local wine served by the half litre in a traditional tin jug


A great pot of fassolatha, bean stew.  Their other speciality is goats foot and stomach soup, patsas


Giant beans, gigantes are finished, next to it pastitcio, baked macaroni


Kostas had the bean soup which prompted a loud remark from his grandaughter.  'You went out to eat and you had fassolatha.  Are you mad?'  No, just traditional to the core.

20 comments:

  1. Child labour sounds like a good idea - they should bring it back!!
    He was a very cute little boy wasn't he?

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    1. If it's a family taverna then it's logical for all the family to pitch in. Tell the EU that!

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  2. I think would choose to eat the alley way especially if I was on my own. Looks like you have found the real Poros with all its traditional dishes? Shush I won't tell anyone.😊

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    1. We always used to take our visitors there. Traditional greek

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  3. I have a Chinese/Kiwi friend and it was the same in her family, everyone worked at the restaurant even friends like when when I was there. That alley way looks like a good place to sit eat and watch the world go by.

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    1. A family eatery should mean all the family help. And the customers prefer to see all the family too

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  4. Good local food - what more could you want.

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    1. Fresh and local suppliers. What else could you want

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  5. I always search out eateries such as this when abroad, but usually get directed to somewhere that is owned a cousin, etc. The best places usually remain secret.

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    1. You're right, only the local calls know the best places. Tourists here go for the harbour side tavernas, pay more and miss out on the best

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  6. I'll have the baked macaroni and a jug of retsina please. Oh and some of the heavy Greek village bread!

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    1. Retsina?? Ahhh dear bros, you only find that in the supermarket now. Do you remember eating here with J and S on a cold November day.

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  7. Love all these little places around your town. We always got our children to help out when we owned a greengrocer shop and they never seemed to mind. It was just the family working together.

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    1. Small children usually love being part of the action and the customers always find them so cute. It's a draw!

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  8. What a beautiful little place to enjoy a home cooked meal
    Nothing wrong with fasolatha I used to cook it in the winter and bake bread so when the kids got home from school both would be hot and ready to eat. They loved it

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    1. We had fassolatha yesterday. I'm surprised your kids like it though. Our 2 girls do not like it but they cook it for their kids anyway .
      I wouldn't order it if I was eating out though!

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  9. all that food looks so good! I'm sure the bean stew would make me fart though.

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    1. Yup, you don't eat beans before going out in public 🤣🤣

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  10. What a lovely place! I think I'd go for the patitcio, bread and a nice glass of wine. In Santa Fe we know of several of these types of family owned casas. The food is amazing and reasonable, the niños (kids), tias (aunt) and other family members work there. Sadly we haven't been out to eat in such a long time, tired of my own cooking :-)

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    1. We have had no cases here, as far as we know lol, for ages so feel safe enough to go out. Hope you can do the same very soon

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