One of the reasons we headed to Evripidou Street, besides the spices and the shop Elixir, was a highly recommended taverna named Telis, whose specialty for the last 30 years has been grilled pork chops. But not any pork chops, rather, superbly seasoned and very thinly sliced grilled pork chops. FoodJunkie (Jo) who is based in Greece, had also highly recommended this modest taverna in her list of places to eat in Athens, so we made sure to set aside one lunch to try it out. It did not disappoint. We got to the taverna a little earlier than we expected, so we were one of the first to sit down to lunch….
The place was a bit of a hole in the wall, but well lit and extremely clean. We got a very short menu, but decided to just go for the house specialty and ordered some pork chops and a greek salad without thinking twice. When the waitperson asked how many pork chop orders, we instantly said “three,” and he walked away with this look like, “whatever you say.” Not to mention he was probably thinking “odd Japanese family with a pork fetish.” A few minutes later, he turned the corner bearing three of the most massively piled high plates of pork chops you have ever seen. Each plate had at least four huge, albeit thin pork chops on a mound of french fries! Between the three of us, we stared at the chops in disbelief, and simultaneously burst out laughing. They were very reasonably priced, so we chalked this up to experience.
Even with our best efforts, we only managed to get through half of the chops and I hope they ate the rest of them after we left as I cannot bear the thought that these would have been thrown out. Brushed with olive oil and lots of oregano and possibly other herbs, the thin chops were seasoned perfectly and grilled briefly. They were excellent. A squeeze of lemon over the chops and fries and this was exactly what we were looking for. The Greek Salad, while great in its own right, was just there to alleviate any guilt we had about consuming so much meat in one sitting. Make sure to visit this taverna after a visit to the Central market and a stroll down the spice street…
86 Evripidou Street