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Naxos: local steakhouse and butcher shop at Stou Vasilarakiou

Dimitris Kossyfas | 1 September 2018
Stou Vasilarakiou
3.8
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Neighbourhood:
Kinidaros
Specialises in:
Steaks
Cuisine:
Greek
Price:
$$$
Best time to visit:
Lunch

Long after I first visited Naxos, I discovered a series of mountainous settlements beyond the typical must-see spots of Apiranthos, Halki and Filoti. In Kinidaros, a tiny village in the north of Naxos you will find a typical meat taverna that also dubs as a butcher shop run by the Klouvatos family that has recently attracted more and more food connoisseurs.

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The taverna, which was more of the local coffee and butcher shop, first opened back in 1931 by Vasilis Klouvatos. A few years later around the 1970s, Vasilis’ son George (aka Vasilarakios), repurposed the place and converted the coffee shop into a proper taverna setting offering the best meat around. This is where we landed a few days back, on a hot summer afternoon after numerous attempts to get here on previous visits to Naxos when prompted by a dear friend and avid Naxos visitor. Stou Vasilarakiou is a typical meat taverna offering only simple dishes with the best quality of meat (and other local produce) as the epicentre of their making.

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Country sausages with fried potatoes

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We had only a couple of starters as we didn’t want to spoil our appetite for the real thing: the meat. We ordered their homemade country sausages dish and their prime rib steak –  both were very tender and juicy, just enough to give us a taste of the quality in this place. A friend of mine later recommended that we should have sat at the back end of the taverna near the grill to catch all the action. Till next time!

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