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Crete restaurants

A good way to start any Cretan meal, is dakos, which is barley rusk (a kind of twice-baked bread) sprinkled with olive oil and topped with cheese, chopped tomato, and oregano. More exotic traditional local fare, now offered mostly just to see if the tourists will eat it, includes rabbit and snails. And while you really ought to eat your vegetables—fennel, eggplant, spinach, artichokes, and the wild mountain green known as stamnagathi are favorites—even the restaurants with the most traditional menus may offer excellent meat dishes, most often lamb. As a rule, Cretan wines are not thought to rank with the best from elsewhere in Greece. But try a bottle of anything with the Lyrarakis label, in particular the rosés, and judge for yourself if the times might be changing.

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Avli Fusion Enoteca, Rethymnon

This restaurant in the courtyard garden of a restored Venetian mansion, now a hotel, has a 500-year-old wine cellar housing 460 labels, and is a must-dine...more

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Brillant Restaurant, Iraklio

The decor of this Iraklio restaurant is as bold as the recent renovation of the hotel that houses it, the urban-boutique–style Lato. The restaurant's...more

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Calypso, Elounda

Unless your heart goes pop for fried calamari, it's surprisingly hard to find a good seafood restaurant in Greece. The Calypso, at the Elounda Peninsula...more

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Ferryman, Elounda

Except for its name, which comes from the 1977 BBC television series, Who Pays the Ferryman?, in which it played a role, Ferryman is what most visitors imagine...more

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Nykterida, Chania

Talk about having a history! This venerable eatery, in the same family since 1922, is where Anthony Quinn learned the sirtaki, the dance that produced one of...more

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Pagopoieion, Iraklio

Breakfast place in the morning and jazz club late at night, with lunch and dinner served in between, this former ice factory is one of the hippest gathering...more

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Tamam, Chania

Plenty of restaurants in Chania will take you to the cleaners, but in only one, Tamam, can you eat, quite reasonably, in what was once a Turkish bathhouse. The...more

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