Ever heard the joke about the vegetarian in Greece? Although it's no longer a laughing matter (after all there's a variety of meatless choices all over Athens), meat still reigns supreme over the dinner table. And once you get a taste of MEATropoleos 3, it'll take up permanent residence on yours too. A woody, earthen grill house in the heart of the city, MEATropoleos 3 is the labor of love of two men who have turned souvlaki into an urban legend. Here's how it's done: you source high quality meat from your father's butcher, make sure it's cut by hand, resulting in juicy, uneven cubes that speak for themselves and then grill it over hot coals the minute it's ordered (not a minute before). A sprinkling of sea salt and you're hooked for life!

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Co-owners Andreas Agrios and Sokratis Dimopoulos come with a wealth of experience under their belts: Agrios, who's in charge of the kitchen, practically grew up in his family's grill house, operating out of Pyrgos for the past 30 years, while Dimopoulos, who's in charge of front of house, has honed his skills at some of the best spots in the city. Together they make a powerhouse team that always puts meat first, although they've recently made some very interesting additions to their growing menu. Burgers, tarts and superfood salads truly hold their own next to the epic steak & souvlaki mainstays, a creative reinterpretation of comfort foods that may seriously prevent you from leaving your couch ever again. Yup, MEATropoleos 3 delivers. Consider yourselves warned!

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.

Photo by Giagkos Papadopoulos.