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10 Taki and Agion Anargiron 210 321-5368 

We stumbled upon Zeidoron one sunny autumn afternoon while exploring Psirri when Carole’s parents were visiting from Chicago. Knowing that Psirri restaurants are often excuses to operate until the wee hours as a club, we had about given up on finding anything really surprising in the neighborhood (that doesn’t mean the other restaurants aren’t good, but in this trendy and gritty club district, they come and go frequently and as self proclaimed foodies, we are constantly in search of the really unique. It’s been years since our first visit on that sunny day, and Zeidoron has been around for over 10 years now).

Drawn in by the meaning of the name, life giving, (“zei” which means life, and “dora” which means gift) and the beautiful placemats, we were definitely happy with the gifts we received as the food arrived.  We recommend the most perfect braised pork, a common menu item, simmered in an uncommon lovely peppercorn, rosemary and wine sauce,  crispy zuchinni fritters (kolokythokeftedes) and chickpea fritters (revithokeftedes – think falafel meats latkes) and a wonderful baked eggplant in a fresh tomato salsa with feta and tiny onions. A hint of “politiki cuzina” (from Asia Minor) in the spicy baked feta with red pepper.  Their creamy fava, one of many dips and spreads on the menu, went well with the Plomari ouzo we chose to go with our meal.

There are tables on both sides of the street in front of the restaurant, and the cozy dining room inside is a great winter spot.


By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!