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Corfu + the Ionians restaurants

With their mélange of culinary influences from France, England, and Venice (all of which ruled these islands at some point), the Ionians were a hotbed of "fusion cuisine" long before the term became fashionable (and clichéd). Island restaurants range from sophisticated boîtes where Corfiotes show off the latest summer fashions to seaside tavernas where "dressing up" means throwing a pareo over your bikini and brushing the sand from your bare feet. Traditional dishes in these parts include sofrito (pan-fried veal in a white wine sauce), bourdetto (a spicy stew often made with salt cod), and tzin tzin birra (a local take on that British standby, ginger beer, which is still produced on Corfu). Other dishes make use of the abundant local produce, such as honey, wine, olives, grapes, and citrus fruits.

The one downside to eating in the Ionians is that fresh fish is prohibitively expensive. This may seem counterintuitive—after all, the ocean is everywhere you look—but since there are no fish farms and the seas around the islands have been fished (and overfished) for centuries, there are simply fewer to catch than there once were. Be sure to double-check seafood entrée prices before ordering.

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Agni Bay Tavernas, Agni Bay, Corfu

Agni Bay is a secluded cove with nothing but olive groves, a rocky beach—and three of the best restaurants on Corfu: Agni Taverna (30-266-309-1142; open...more

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Dimitri's Taverna, Kalami, Corfu

This charming spot above the village of Kalami in northeastern Corfu has the views you'd expect of a restaurant perched on the edge of a mountain—call to...more

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Nicolas Tavern, Fiskardo, Cephalonia

Up high on a bluff overlooking Fiskardo's port, Nicolas Taverna boasts a gorgeous view of the sheltered harbor. It's also got a bon vivant owner,...more

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Taverna Arekia, Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos

One of Zakynthos's unique local customs is its musical tradition of cantades—(serenades)—and arekia (folk songs sung in four parts). These are the...more

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To Dimarchio, Corfu Town, Corfu

The Corfu crowds may all head to nearby Rex for upscale traditional food—but that's because most of them don't know about this place. To Dimarchio (which...more

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Tripa, Kinopiastes, Corfu

Since 1947, locals have been patronizing this taverna in the picturesque village of Kinopiastes, about a 15-minute drive from Corfu Town. The restaurant has...more

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Venetian Well, Corfu

You practically need a guide dog to find it, hidden among the backstreets of Corfu Town, but after some 30 years this innovative eatery remains a place to...more

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