Veranzerou 5, Athina 106 77, Greece
I KritiI Kriti (Greek for “Crete”) has been serving some of Athens’ best Cretan cuisine long before the island's hearty cuisine became fashionable in the mid-2000s. A charming, utterly unpretentious tavern tucked into a nondescript arcade passage near Omonia Square, Kriti serves fare that will leave you reeling with pleasure—“Cretan rusk” (barley bruschetta), smoked Cretan pork, snails in garlic, Crete-made sausages, spicy cheese salad, and baked pies, all at excellent prices and with real Cretan hospitality (owners don’t really speak English, but it doesn’t matter). Expect to wait for a table but then, once seated, to spend some time here. And don’t forget to wash each dish down with some Cretan raki.