Ditmars denizens know Elpida simply as the Souvlaki Lady, purveyor of great sticks, pita and platters. I stopped by recently to ask her top 5 favorite places she goes out to eat in Astoria when she’s not on the grill.
Having grown up in the Ditmars area, not surprisingly, her favorites are nearby and Greek.
For more traditional sit-down Greek fare she favors Stamatis, especially their Moussaka, and Telly’s Taverna and Taverna Kyclades for their super fresh, expertly prepared seafood dishes.
For modern Greek fare she favors MP Taverna and Astoria newcomer TRU. At both spots she likes the ambiance and ordering an assortment of apps – traditional Greek mezze with creative, modern twists.
So you mostly stay around Ditmars, I asked. And Elpida answered quickly, kindly, and honestly, “They’re my neighbors, I love them.”