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Eating out in Andros is a very Greek experience - expect good, local food without many frills or extras. There aren't a lot of English tourists here, so although menus are translated and people will generally speak some English, there isn't the automatic assumption that all transactions will be done in English. You won't find tourist set menus, either.

There's a little run of tavernas at the start of Nimborio beach, and a few others scattered about the town. Some of the villages also have tavernas, but these can often be closed out of season.

Parea

Main square in Andros town

In September 2013 we had boiled corgette salad, favakeftedes (little patties made from split peas), fried potatoes and keftedakia (small fried meatballs). Total including beer, bread and service was 25 euros.

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The Parea is perhaps the most scenic of the Andros tavernas. It is in a wonderful situation, at the top of the steps that go down to Paraporti beach. It commands a sweeping view out over the beach and sea, and is a really pleasant place to sit.

The photo above, heading this page, is taken from the terrace of the Parea.

The food is consistently good. It's home-cooked, fresh, tasty and good value. They have quite a large range of things on offer on their menu, and will also have daily specials in trays in the kitchen – worth going to take a look as these might not be on the menu.

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It's a great place for lunch, when it can be busy with big groups of both Greeks and tourists, and there is often a lively atmosphere.

It’s also good for evening meals, especially if it's not too windy. We had some very nice evening meals here in September 2013, which was an exceptionally windless and warm September. It's a lovely place to sit, looking out over the sea, beach and sky as the evening falls.

If you are here out of season and it's too windy, wet or cold to sit outside there is a reasonable sized inside, although this has quite a functional feel and doesn’t have the same atmosphere as the outdoor terrace.

O Nonos

On the harbour, before Nimborio Bay

We always have a selection of small dishes here, and the food is consistently good. In 2011 we had the house salad – ‘borou borou’ - which was a large plate of lettuce, grated carrot, grated cabbage, olives, tomatoes and cucumbers along with two rusk type crackers spread with peppery cheese and olive paste. We also had fava (split pea puree, shown in the photo) - keftedakia (small fried meat balls), potato salad and skordalia (garlic sauce), plus two carafes of wine and a bottle of water. We’d over ordered and couldn’t eat it all. It came to 32 euros. If you like fish they also do a variety of fish dishes.

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Tables outside O Nonos

This little mezathopolia is tucked into the corner of the harbour before Nimborio Bay, almost immediately opposite the Karaoulanis apartments and just before the derelict Xenia hotel. Another set of steps, leading back up to the main street, separate the apartments from O Nonos.

(During heavy rain fall these steps turn into a tidal wave of water gushing down and into the sea – we had to wade across to get back to the apartments on one visit).

The easiest way to get to O Nonos is to go down the steps past the museum of Modern Art, and turn left at the bottom. You wend your way along some little alleys between tall houses for a couple of minutes, and come out by the side of the apartments.

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Bowl of fava

The space outside O Nonos leads down to the harbour wall, and in good weather there will be a few tables perched on the rough paving outside, with views across the sea. There’s another half dozen tables under a permanent awning. This can be a very windy corner, and O Nonos has recently acquired substantial wind defences – which make this a much more pleasant place to sit, if a little less picturesque.

On a Saturday evening in September 2011 the place was full of people – mainly two big groupings of Greeks, one celebrating a birthday. The atmosphere was very lively and local.

Pitta tis Agoras

Main street, Chora

Pork souvlaki in pitta, 2 x chicken kalamakia, a cucumber and tomato salad, and 2 wines cost 20 euros.

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souvlaki, salad and kalamakia

This nice pistaria is just past a café on the main street. It does a lot of take-away trade, but has half a dozen tables out on the side of the street. Although souvlaki is basically Greek fast food, it’s perfectly possible to sit here for a couple of hours if you want.

It’s not the sort of place where you’d expect a vast selection of food. They offer grilled meat in various formats, along with large, decent salads, tsatsiki and hot crispy chips.

They’ll ask if you want ‘kalamakia’ (small pieces of meat on a skewer) or ‘giros’ (sliced meat) and you can adapt the extras to your taste. If you ask for everything you’ll get tsatsiki, salad and chips, wrapped in a pitta bread.

It’s an interesting place to sit, as there is always something going on in the street, and you can watch the comings and goings of life in Andros. It does a good trade at all times of day.

Four Nimborio tavernas

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At the start of Nimborio beach there is a run of four tavernas. These have terraces perched on a concrete block above the beach, with a paved, car-free area running between the tavernas and their outside areas.

There's a bit of a collective feel to the space, as three of the outside areas all merge into each other, and it's hard to know exactly where one stops and the other begins.

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It can be quite a hub of activity here, with kids playing in the pedestrianised area, and the tavernas lively with locals and tourists.

On calm summer evenings you get a lovely veiw out to sea and up to the old houses of Chora.

Be warned, though, that when Andros's northerly winds make an appearance the view is obscured by heavy plastic sheeting. This makes it a little less scenic, but a lot less drafty!


The final taverna in this run has built walls around it's area, with big picture windows at the front. This means you're sheltered from the wind, and still get a sea view, so on windy nights this will be the most popular place.

All of these tavernas are good, but our particular favourite is the Madouris.

Madouris Taverna

In September 2013 we had a large tomato and cucumber salad, skordalia (garlic sauce), chicken souvlaki, stuffed marrow and wine for 25 euros.

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This is our favourite of the 4 Nimborio tavernas for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it is a family run place, and the same people have been running it since we first came to Andros in 2004. We're recognised, greeting warmly and treated as if it was only the other day we were there, even if two years have gone by.

Secondly, the food is tasty and plentiful with seasonal, fresh dishes.

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For example in September there were a lot of courgettes, squash and marrows about, so squash salad, stuffed marrow and other variations on the theme featured a lot. The stuffed marrow, in a lemon sauce, was delicious.

They also do the usual grilled meat and have one or two oven cooked dishes, as well as fresh fish. The best bet is to ask what why've got that day, or go and have a look in the kitchen.

They have a tasty local rose wine.

The portions are huge, and one main course can easily be shared between two. At the end of the meal they usually give a free desert of whatever fruit is in season - in September this was a big plate of melon.

Our final reason for liking this place is the atmosphere, which is friendly, local and unpretentious. Whenever there is football on TV there is a small gathering of locals. It's a bit like a cross between a pub and a cafe, only with better food.

Archipelagos

On the road that runs alongside Nimborio beach, just after the supermarket and before the Galaxy bar.

We had frutalla (an omelette with potato and sausage which is an Andros speciality), oven cooked pork and potatos and a tomato and cucumber salad, plus wine, for around 28 euros.

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Andros tablecloth

This large estiatorio is in a modern fairly functional building, with a big inside space and an outdoor terrace. It faces out to sea so gives you a pleasant view, although you do have the road between you and the beach.

We’ve looked at this place often but have only actually eaten there once. This isn’t a reflection on the food, more because it always seemed to be empty so didn’t look like a very lively or interesting place to eat. It might be busier in season.

We went in for the first time in Sept 2011, attracted by the fact that there were several other groups of people eating there.

It has quite a traditional feel to it, with trays of food in the kitchen to choose from. There wasn’t a huge choice in the evening, which probably means they do a reasonable lunch time trade.

The people were friendly and the food good and we had a nice evening here.