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    Forget Gyros, Here Are 22 Delicious Greek Foods Everyone Needs To Taste

    Bury me in dolmades, please.

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    1. Pastitsio

    2. Tirokafteri

    3. Bougatsa

    4. Koulouri

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    It looks just like a simple bread roll covered in sesame seeds. But some koulouri sellers coat the bread with honey or sugar syrup before adding the seeds, giving it an amazing flavor. Whether it's sweet or savoury, koulouri is a perfect breakfast or snack on the go, and is available at every bakery.

    5. Moussaka

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    A standard menu item at most Greek restaurants, there's no beating a classic slice of moussaka. It's baked layers of eggplant and mince, topped with a fluffy, creamy sauce. When it's done right, it's absolutely packed with flavor. It also makes delicious leftovers, eaten cold straight from the fridge — trust us.

    6. Frappé

    7. Baklava

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    Baklava is a classic dessert that is an absolute must-try while in Greece. It's essentially just nuts — usually walnuts or pistachios — layered with phyllo pastry and drowned in a honey syrup. It's an incredible companion to bitter Greek espresso.

    8. Kataïfi

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    This is like baklava's trendy older sister. It's the same basic idea of nuts and pastry, but kataïfi is covered with thin strands of pastry, similar to angel hair pasta. The texture is bomb, and really takes baklava up a step.

    9. Dolmades

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    These stuffed grape leaves make a great shared starter before any meal. They're usually filled with rice and herbs, then simmered with lemon juice. You can get heartier ones stuffed with mince or veggies, but the classic rice can't be beat.

    10. Spanakopita

    11. Yemista

    12. Keftedes

    13. Kolokithokeftedes

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    Another great mezze addition, these fritters take the humble zucchini and turn it into the best vegetable you've ever tasted. It helps that they're deep fried, I guess, but the flavor in these is unbeatable. They're delicious paired with tzatziki; a cucumber and yoghurt dip.

    14. Octopus

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    Don't go to Greece without trying the seafood, and definitely don't leave before ordering octopus. It's a staple in the Mediterranean diet, and it's usually served simply dressed with lemon and olive oil. If you're a little too freaked out to order whole octopus, opt for calamari rings instead — they're just as good.

    15. Loukoumades

    16. Pastourmadopita

    17. Amygdalota

    18. Fava

    19. Saganaki

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    Two words: Fried. Cheese. That's all you really need to know to make this your new favorite Greek food. Saganaki cheese is similar to halloumi, and usually served pan-fried with fresh lemon and sesame or herbs.

    20. Taramasalata

    21. Yiaourti me meli

    22. Spoon sweets