Pantheon 416-778-1929 http://www.pantheonrestaurant.com/ open daily – lunch and dinner
This Danforth institution is wildly popular among lovers of authentic Greek food. This is my go to place whenever I’m in the mood for some Greek wine and meze. Colourful murals painted on the walls set a cheerful milieu in the dining room.
Once comfortably seated I always start with the large dip platter that includes, Gigantes – baked fava beans in an herbed tomato sauce, a zingy Octapodi Toursi – marinated octopus, and a choice of the most delightful and addicting house-made dips. With a smoky hummus, creamy taramoslata, earthy melitzanosalata, and a garlicky skordalia that will turn your head right around – yum! Sinfully delicious Garides Saganaki is outstanding; the heaping portion of savory richness is more than enough for two people.
Crisp Greek wines pair perfectly with feta cheese and many other dishes on the menu. Retsina is one of my favorites – it’s one of those love it or hate it wines and I love it.