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Homey and real are hard to come by in this area when it comes to Greek food, but the rice- and beef-stuffed dolmathes at Demitri’s Taverna are that, not to mention fresh, tender, and beautifully seasoned. The tangy avgolemono sauce puts them in the food of the gods category. At Demitri’s, a warm, remodeled space in downtown Livermore, meals start with heated pita bread and a garlicky spread called skordalia. Village salad offers big chunks of tomato and cuke, and bits of green pepper and red onion. Top-quality kalamatas and briny feta provide a salty counterpoint to the colorful veggies, although a bit more vinegar would brighten the flavors a bit. A Mediterranean burger brings the flavors of Greece<oregano, feta, tomato, and grilled red onion<into each juicy bite. Prices at Demitri’s are eye-poppingly low; burgers are $7.75, and most entrées are about $10. Stay for the bread pudding if you like an old-school, raisin- and cinnamon-rich version. Lunch and dinner daily.
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