Greek American cuisine

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A Greek American gyros, with meat, onions, tomato, French fries, and tzatziki sauce rolled into a pita

Greek American cuisine is the cuisine of Greek American immigrants and their descendents, who have modified Greek cuisine under the influence of American culture and immigration patterns of Greeks to the United States. As immigrants from various Greek areas settled in different regions of the United States and became “Greek Americans,” they carried with them different traditions of foods and recipes that were particularly identified with their regional origins in Greece and yet infused with the characteristics of their new home locale in America. Many of these foods and recipes developed into new favorites for town peoples and then later for Americans nationwide. Greek American cuisine is especially prominent in areas of concentrated Greek communities, with most important example being the Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Greek American taverna[edit]

The taverna and estiatorio are widespread in the major US cities, serving Greek American cooking.[1][2] A typical menu for a taverna would usually include many if not all of the following items:

  • Bread, usually loaf bread, sometimes flat bread;
  • Salads such as Greek salad;
  • Appetizers or entrées like tzatziki (yogurt, garlic, cucumber dip), melitzanosalata (eggplant dip), tirokafteri (whipped feta cheese, with hot peppers and olive oil dip), spanakopita and dolmades or dolmadakia - (rice mixture with fresh herbs such as mint and parsley and sometimes pine nuts-and in some regions minced meat is added-tightly wrapped with tender grape leaves and served with a thick and creamy, lemony sauce);
  • Soups like fasolada (beansoup)
  • Pasta such as spaghetti napolitano; pastitsio baked layers of thick pasta (Greek pastichio noodles) and minced meat mixture topped with a thick béchamel sauce);
  • Fish and seafood dishes such as baked fresh fish, fried salt cod served with skordalia (garlic sauce); fried squid and baby octopus;
  • Baked Dishes (magirefta) such as a wide variety of seasonal Vegetable dishes); moussaka (eggplant or zucchini, minced meat, béchamel sauce);
  • Grilled dishes such as souvlaki;
  • Wine including retsina, mavrodafni and other Greek red/white wine varieties;
  • Beer
  • Spirits such as ouzo, tsipouro and Metaxa brandy.
  • Fruit

Areas with high concentration of Greek American restaurants[edit]

Restaurants at Greektown, Chicago

Various areas of the United States have hosted the Greek American cuisine with most prominent examples being Astoria, Queens, in New York City, Greektown, Chicago, Greektown Historic District in Detroit, Tarpon Springs, Florida and Greektown, Baltimore.

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