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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lunch at Souvla

Souvla, Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA
Souvla is a restaurant in San Francisco, CA that prides themselves on spit-roasted meats with a Greek flair. They opened in 2014 and now have 3 locations. I read about this restaurant in The San Francisco Chronicle article, 20 Bargain Restaurants in Our Top 100. The restaurant will have very good things happening to them down the road, but more on this later.

Order station, Souvla
You have a number of seating arrangements after your order is taken. You can sit inside at 2 locations at the front or back of the restaurant, at the high tops outside or in their back garden area where your order is brought to you.

Garden Seating, Souvla

The menu here is limited but more than adequate. There are 4 choices of either meat or veterinarian items that can be served as a salad or wrapped in pita bread.

I started with the lamb leg served as a salad. It was exceptional and was a meal of greens, harissa-spiked yogurt, spit roasted lamb (about 1/2 lb.), cucumber, radish, pickled onion and feta cheese.

Pork shoulder wrap, Souvla

My dining companion ordered the pork shoulder wrap. It was served with minted yogurt, tomato, cucumber, radish and feta cheese. It was incredible.

Avgolemono soup, Souvla
We also sampled the Avgolemono soup, which is a traditional Greek egg-lemon chicken soup. In the past, I have avoided this as the flavors were not here for me and I wasn't really into it. The avgolemono soup at Souvla was excellent, the best I have ever had and I would run back there for more. The lemon flavors combined with the roast chicken were amazing. A word to the wise.

Most of the items were in the $11-14 range at Souvla, a bargain for the city and a delight to eat. They also had a excellent selection of Greek wines that they are more than happy to enlighten you with.

The food at Souvla is not to be missed and one could not ask for much more in a competitive market as San Francisco. This restaurant will be notable in the very near future, go here while you can while it still is what it is. I see a Chipotle thing happening here. If you don't know the Story, it's quite interesting.

Spit cooking, Souvla

That's that for another post on Forks.

531 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

All major credit cards accepted; Open 11-10 PM daily.

Lamb leg salad
Indoor seating, Souvla
Indoor seating, Souvla
Outdoor seating, Souvla

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