sou·​vla·​ki | \ süv-ˈlä-kē How to pronounce souvlaki (audio) \
variants: or less commonly souvlakia \ süv-​ˈlä-​kē-​ə How to pronounce souvlakia (audio) \

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At the Washington, D.C., location of José Andrés’s Mediterranean restaurant, chef Michael Costa turns out modern takes on regional favorites like pork belly souvlaki with jalapeno zhoug and adana kebabs. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Pitagyros in Oia is fantastic (and reasonably priced) for traditional souvlaki. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Go, Where to Eat, and What to See at Instagram's Favorite Destination," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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