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October 18, 2021
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Where to eat when in Patras, Greece

Dr Stephen Sullivan stumbles onto food fit for a god in this popular port town

A few years ago, my wife Wendy and I had just come off a rather expensive week of all-you-can-eat type cuisine on a four-mast sailing ship in the Greek Isles, and we were looking for some less expensive downtime.

In the Greek port of Patras, the night before a high-speed ferry ride to Italy, we found the best value restaurant of our entire six-week adventure.

The clerk at the very affordable Hotel Méditerranée, only a few blocks walk from the train station and the port, directed us up a few streets and one over to Mezedonoteio Ouzeri Café.

From the exterior you wouldn’t know it was a restaurant. Inside it was large and cool and rustic. We sat by the window as the sun set. The waiter was prompt and attentive. We didn’t have many words in common but he advised us well.

We started with fresh bread and the house aspro krasi (white wine) that came in half-litre clay pitchers. We had two!

We shared a Greek salad. I believe that the best test of an ethnic restaurant is how well it does the simplest of traditional dishes. It was excellent. We also shared a potato salad and a lamb stew, both just as good as the Greek salad. And the damage? Only €20 total!

It was by far the best value of our entire trip. If our plans had permitted we would have been back the next night for another meal and a pitcher or two of cool aspro krasi.

Mezedonoteio Ouzeri Café

Port district, off Agiou Nikolai Street

Patras, Greece

Dinner for two, including wine, €20


Dr Stephen Sullivan is an GI/IM from Victoria, BC.

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