The Olympics are upon us and all of the recent buzz has us thinking about the culinary delights of Greece and the Mediterranean. But where can a hungry San Franciscan get some decent lamb and Tzatziki?
Yumma’s on Irving Street near 9th Avenue is a small, unassuming restaurant that offers fantastic Greek food at fantastic prices. We usually get the lamb hummus plate (lamb shwarma on a warm bed of housemade hummus served with pita and olives), but their wraps, stuffed with meat of choice, potatoes, pickles and tahini are another good option.
On upper Haight Street Blue Front Café is always bustling with folks looking for some falafel action. We tend to stuff ourselves with dolmas and babaganoush when we eat here, but the falafel burrito is a fun diversion, too. Avocado, falafel and hummus? Brilliant.
But if you’re looking for something a bit more upscale look no further than Kokkari Estiatorio. It’s easy to feel comfortable amongst the craftsman wooden décor and we often enjoy some of the best zucchini cakes this side of Athens and moussaka that would make Zeus proud.
We’d also like to give a shout out to Gyro King right across from the San Francisco Library (Main Branch)–we realize that it’s technically Turkish food, but the giant gyros and falafel wraps really hit the spot when we’re in the Civic Center area, especially when the visit involves jury duty.
Photo: By Sashertootie [Flickr]