A Souvlaki (Greek: σου βλάκι [su ˈ vlaci]), plural souvlakia, is a popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. It is usually eaten straight off the skewer while still hot. It can be served with pita bread, fried potatoes, lemon, and sauces, but the souvlaki itself is eaten on its own, with the side dishes eaten subsequently. The meat most used in Greece and Cyprus is pork, although chicken, beef, and lamb may also be used. In other countries (and for tourists), souvlaki may be made with meats such as lamb, beef, chicken, and sometimes fish.
The word souvlaki is a diminutive of the Medieval Greek σού βλα souvla ‘skewer’, itself borrowed from Latin subula. ‘Souvlaki’ is the common term in Hellenic Macedonia and other regions of northern Greece, while in southern Greece around Athens, it is commonly known as ‘Kalamaki’. You speak Greek and perhaps you don’t even know it.
We have taken up the task of creating an anthology of Greek words and anecdotes straight out of the streets of Greece to the Streets of America that relate to the glory of Greek street food.
( n.) hand-cut pieces of grilled meat on a stick An ancient Greek street ritual
( n.) to put something of yourself into your work Soul, Creativity, and Love.
( n.) yogurt, herbs, garlic and cucumber mixed with passion and olive oil
( n.) marinated layers of hand-stacked meat grilled on a vertical spit
( c.) to include every topping available in a pita A Greek street ritual
( n.) craftsman, souvlaki master, tzatziki expert Your best friend
( n.) hospitality, being a friend to a stranger or to your strange friend that doesn’t eat yeero
( n.) a feeling of longing, yearning, or hunger Associated with waiting for the food to arrive
( n.) a little bit of feta cheese Traditionally asked from mom, usually ¼ of a lb.
( n.) a complex set of virtues impossible to translate or describe. Read tzatziki again
( n.) feeling panic Just like when you forgot to order extra pita
( n.) pieces of pork or chicken on a skewer For more info, order at the counter, as words sometimes fail to describe it
( n.) going beyond what is needed, in abundance Just like we do with olive oil
( n.) a public open market or assembly Birthplace of souvlaki
( n.) flat unleavened bread Perfect and quite delicious when stuffed with everything that’s on the menu
( n.) an intense irresistible desire for freedom Like eating lamb chops with your hands
( n.) the moral nature of a person Like a souvlaki wrap without red onion…
( n.) a sweet confection Favorite way to describe our Greek country-style sausage
( n.) a splendidly made Greek iced coffee Shaken, not stirred
( n.) vanilla custard-filled puffed pastry Unless you speak to someone from Salonica, then everything is a mpougatsa
( n.) made for a child plain Without spices, sauces or green chopped stuff
( n.) spinach pie We make ours with hand-rolled dough, Which is what we aim to gain if you buy it
( c.) you pretty, you cool, you lovely, you beautiful Way to describe the person that grills your food
The best way to say hello or goodbye in Greek Also wishing you good health
Eating Yeero like the Greeks do
Your choice of Yeero on a pita with tomatoes, onions, tzatziki, and a few French fries