Food
 
Ierapetra offers an excellent choice of fine restaurants and tavernas, with local dishes of fresh fish, lobster, lamb and goat or more international dishes.

The Cretan wine is excellent and so are the olive oil and the Raki, a tasty spirit made from the remains of the wine production. Greek salad with Olives and Feta cheese, yemista (stuffed vegetables), mizithra (soft Cretan cheese), staka (warm cheese made of the cream of the milk), olives, dakos (hard Cretan bread with oil, tomato, cheese and herb topping), pilafi (rice), stifado (meat stew), biftekia (homemade beef burgers), brizoles (pork chops), paidakia (small lamb chops), loukanika (spicy sausages), boureki (zucchini, potato and cheese pie) and kaltsounia (cheese/spinach pies).

 
Here some delicious suggestions :
 
Starters & Snacks:
   

Choriatiki (Salata)

Tomato, cucumber, onions, olives, feta, olive oil.

Lachano (Salata)

Green cabbage, carrot, olive oil, lemon.

Marouli (Salata)

Lettuce salad with spring onions and fresh herbs.

Horta

Like spinach, boiled, with olive oil and lemon, served warm or cold, goes well with fish.

Kolokithakia tiganita

Slices of zucchini fried crispy.

Melidsanes tiganites

Slices of eggplant fried crispy.

Piperies tiganites

Whole "pepperoni" fried, not hot.

Kolokithokioftedes

Deep-fried zucchini burgers (mashed zucchini and feta).

Feta

Fresh (usually sheep’s) milk cheese.

Tsatsiki

Yoghurt with cucumber and garlic.

Saganaki tiri

Fried cheese (like feta) with lemon.

Xynomysithra

Soft and slightly sour, but mild white cheese.

Tirokeftedes

Deep-fried cheese balls (like Feta).

Dolmades

Rice and mince-meat rolled in vine-leaves and boiled, with lemon sauce.

Melidsanosalata

Mashed eggplant salad.

Skordalia

(garlic sauce) mashed potatoes with garlic.

Saganaki garides

Shrimps cooked in little pan with sauce.

Patato-Salata

Potato salad.

Spanakopita

Spinach Pie (puff pastry).

Tiropita

Cheese Pie (puff pastry).

Giemista

With rice and (sometimes) minced meat stuffed tomatoes/ zucchini/ eggplant/ peppers/ pepperoni; good also as main dish; served hot or cold.

   
Main dishes:
   
Grilled fish Any kind of fish grilled, best chosen directly in kitchen in restaurant.
Chtapodi psito Grilled Octopus.

Kalamari

Fresh fried Squid.

Atherina

Very small fish, fried crispy & eaten whole.

Maridaki

Different kind of small fish, also fried crispy.

Bakaliaros

Kind of sword fish, deep-fried, with garlic sauce.

Grilled meat

Any kind of meat grilled, Greeks’ speciality.

Souvlaki pita

Any kind of grilled meat, with tomato, onion, plus optionally tsatsiki, mayonnaise etc., rolled in traditional bread (pita).

Paidakia

Lamb chops grilled.

Youvetsi

Beef stew with kritharaki (rice-noodles) and red sauce.

Moussaka

Eggplant, minced meat, béchamel sauce in layers baked in the oven.

Pastitsio

Minced meat, noodles, béchamel sauce baked in the oven with cheese cover.

   
Sweets:
   
Kalitsounia Delicious little pies with (mizithra) Cretan sweat cream cheese.
Yoghurt with honey
Natural 10% fat Greek yoghurt, with honey and optional with fresh fruit.
Galaktoboureko
Milk pie, like semolina

Kataifi

Traditional sweet with walnuts and honey.

Baklavas

Traditional sweet (puff pastry) with walnuts and honey.

Tsoureki

Sweet Easter buns.

   
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