My first piece of advice on going to Greece is to remember that even though they invented democracy, standing in line is beyond them. From the flight over to getting into the many ancient ruins, chances are you will have to employ some bump and squeeze to get to your destination. This is also the way the Greeks drive. Be prepared.
This would be our hotel, the Grande Bretagne. If you want to sleep in gilded age luxury, this is the spot. Rooms with marble floors and chandeliers, a roof top restaurant with a view of the Acropolis, stunning views of Syntagma (Constitution Square), and one of the best restaurants in the city. My advice is to try and score an upgrade to the 6th floor, which comes with butler service and all the exterior rooms have balconies.
Before I get into some of the food we had, let me give you a little advice. Don't eat lunch before 2pm. That will allow you to eat dinner at the proper time, between 10pm and midnight. If you eat any earlier you will stand out like a sore thumb and miss the fun and vibrance of the Greek taverna scene. Check to see if there is a service charge and a cover charge. If no service charge, move on to tipping. When tipping at a restaurant, only tip on good service, and no more than 10%. The price of your meals are inflated since the wait staff receive a portion of your check. Every meal will have a cover charge. This covers the water and bread you receive to start the meal. You pay this if you eat the bread and drink the water or not. Don't argue, you will just look like an ass. Don't order dessert unless there is something incredible on the menu. After every meal you will receive either fresh watermelon or other small dessert, as well as a jug of Ouzo. Remember to ask for your bill. If you don't, it will never come. Plan for an hour to eat any meal, even if it is only one course. Don't tip your taxi driver unless he/she was SUPER helpful, they don't expect a tip. Everywhere you go you will see dogs sleeping on the sidewalk. They range from indifferent to friendly. Their job is to chase away the pigeons. Don't be alarmed.
Well, now that we have that out of the way, let's get to some food. Greece is famous for its Tavernas. They are very similar to French cafes, small enclosed space with large open air seating. Most menus in Athens are very similar, focusing on fresh local ingredients prepared in traditional ways. There were some standouts though.
Stay in the Parakala (Old City) for the best food and views. For a slightly more upscale dinner, I suggest a place called Daphne's. Since it is located on the pedestrian street of