Wine and Dine
We could fill numerous pages just writing about the Cretan diet and how it is prepared and served in this area of Crete. But we will try to limit ourselves to some general recommendations to restaurants, tavernas and kafeneos in the neighborhood and Rethymno.
In Kerames we recommend every place there is. The now three kafeneos are all good for meze and usually have a few basic dishes. Hotel Castro and the restaurant at the top of the village are also very good.
In the neighbour village, Drimiscos, you must make sure to visit Matteos kafeneo. No menu, but really good home cooking at very reasonable prices. You can sit outdoors under the big tree on the platia. It’s a two kilometer walk from ZorbaZen House to Drimiscos.
In Spili – we absolutely recommend the first restaurant on the right when you drive in from Kerames. Only menu in Greek. Really good chef here, he used to be chef at the big monastery of Spili.
In Rethymno we recommend Stella’s Kitchen in the Old town! (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stellas-Kitchen/414463985240268). There are many more placers, of course, but Stella offers genuine home cooking. And she and her husband are really fun, kind and loving people. On the beach front the best bang for the buck you get at Samaria. It looks a bit dreary, but the food is really good.