GREECE RESTAURANT, 643 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 416-489-8291
Christine Cushing arrived in Canada from Athens before the age of one: “So you could say I was born there and assembled here,” she jokes. Mix in her decades in the food biz (including a cool upcoming show called Fearless in the Kitchen), and you’ve got yourself a genuine souvlaki expert. This sandwich from Greece Restaurant aces all her criteria: grilled chicken with light char lines, thinly sliced Spanish onion, chopped tomatoes, gentle tzatziki and a fresh pita. Eureka! Price: $7.00
Windfield’s, 801 York Mills Rd.
The only thing keeping this offering from the top of the podium is the chicken’s grill marks, which are verging on burnt. An otherwise superb sandwich with a tantalizing tzatziki. Price: $8.45
Laterna, 6301 Yonge St.
“The monster that took Athens,” Cushing says of this rather sizable souvlaki. “It’s impossible to eat.” A shame, because after the fork comes out, she deems it fantastic. Price: $8.25
Karbouzi Taverna, 2048 Avenue Rd.
The chicken was prepared on a flattop grill, which is a big no-no if you’re aiming for authenticity. Still, it elicits a “pretty good” from Cushing. Price: $6.75
NOT SO SPARTAN
Mykonos Grill, 881 Yonge St.
“If I pick this up, I’ll wear it,” she says, carefully handling this potentially messy masterpiece. The whole wheat pita and the hint of dill are great, but otherwise just average. Price: $7.00