toast customers with time, generally choose what goes in their toasted sandwich by naming it
or by pointing at the ingredients. Often you can order from
a menu, usually on the wall someplace. Menus all over Greece are in English fairly regularly too so that's
a help! Mayonnaise is also something that if you request be sure to say "legho" or a "little
bit of" or else they'll invariably slather 1/2 a cup or more onto your sandwich so be careful.
I thought this was a fluke thing until it happened every time.
In case you are wondering the Greek word for Mayonnaise is: my-yo-nez-ah. Say it any other way and they will look at you funny. Greeks sometimes put mayo in their salads too. Another easy to remember toast word is tomata for you guessed it, tomato and mustard is easy too moostarda. For ham they use the French word Jambon. Cheese in general is called Tee-ree and the sliced cheese will usually be there visible to you. The also have blue cheese and call it, appropriately enough, Roquefort.
That's my buddy Yiannis left from the Piccolino sandwich & pie shop in Exarhia Sq. Yiannis made so much money from my having him in the guide that he sold the place and its under new management but that's OK. I found an even better place near by which I tell you about on the bakery page. One thing I don't like in the way Greeks make a toasted sandwich is how they don't cook bacon. Even if you beg them, they just don't understand, or pretend they don't. THEY HARDLY COOK IT AT ALL. This is an issue of huge international controversy, or if it isn't, it should be. I like my bacon crisp or at least cooked for crying out loud, and so should everyone else. What's a few free radicals? You only lives once and a free radical or two are better for you than raw pork aren't they?
I like the somewhat recent importation of the Creperie idea to Greece. I sure don't remember them from my previous stint here and its one change I view with vehement approbation. Crepes are relatively inexpensive (but not as cheap as a souvlaki) and will fill you up if you order a big enough one for $4. The kind of salted fillings are pretty much the same as you would have on a sandwich: ham, cheese, tomato, bacon, turkey, chicken and so on.
The best Creperie in Athens I have discovered is in Exarhia Square. I have tried a few others, but not all, and been disappointed. The Creperie X-arhia is what its called and its at the corner of Themistocleous and Arahovis St. The best news of all is that, it is, unlike the metro stop, right across the street from my house. But that's not why its good. Its good period. A metro stop is due across from my house in 2008 (they 'say').
In the Creperie X-arhia they make the crepes fresh and right then and there, not before, like that place up the street which has them stacked up like thin pancakes waiting to be filled. You can order crepes with lots of stuff including eggs, green peppers, onions, and even potato chips. Scrambled eggs are a good filler too.
You can also order sweet crepes too which is a nice plus if you are with friends and want to eat a bit more after dinner. Banana, nuts, chocolate, ice cream, whipped cream are on the menu but plain old chocolate and banana works for me.
Most of these places have outdoor seating which is half the fun too.