sou·​vla·​ki | \süv-ˈlä-kē \
variants: or less commonly souvlakia \süv-​ˈlä-​kē-​ə \

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Sweets like loukoumades and baklava are among most popular at Greek Fest, along with the authentic dishes such as Grecian chicken, gyros, souvlaki (shish-ka-bob), Greek salad and saganaki, said Dan Savas. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Saint Sophia’s Greek Fest shares sounds, tastes and feel of Greece at Elgin church," 14 July 2018 Is anyone a vegan that couldn’t do a food tour sampling souvlaki and feta cheese? Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "How to Master the Art of Group Travel," 7 June 2018 This is great to use with chicken or souvlaki before grilling. Judy Buchenot,, "Suburban Cooks: Greek fest revives traditional dishes," 4 May 2018 But, not too much notice: Saturday, March 31, is your last day for flaming Saganaki or lamb souvlaki. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Brunch like a champ, a stink-free cigar bar & free music in Fishers," 28 Mar. 2018 Rotisseries spin with cones of pork and chicken for souvlaki and gyros, the sandwiches made with fluffy pitas and accompanied with thick and creamy cucumber yogurt sauce, tzatziki ($7.95 to 8.50). Ann Trieger Kurland,, "Authentic Greek to grab and go at the Grape Leaf," 2 Apr. 2018 New Yorkers may relish the city’s diverse street-food offerings, from schnitzel to souvlaki. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Why Isn’t New York More Habitable For Food Trucks?," 26 Mar. 2018 Just be sure to add the SNFCC to your itinerary for your next trip to Athens—along with O Kostas for the best souvlaki in town. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "'Live From Lincoln Center' Goes to Athens, and We May Follow," 23 Mar. 2018 Book a room in the shadow of the Acropolis at the new-as-of-2015 AthensWas boutique hotel, and make time for a souvlaki (or three) at O Kostas, which serves the best in town. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: Chicago, NYC to Greece from $464 Round-Trip," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of souvlaki

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for souvlaki

Modern Greek soublakia, plural of soublaki, from diminutive of soubla skewer, from Middle Greek, from Latin subula awl, from suere to sew — more at sew

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