Halkidiki offers a very similar cuisine to the rest of Greece – unfussy, relying on simple seasonings, fresh meat and vegetables. Typical dishes and ingredients include fried meatballs, squash balls, octopus, shrimp, squid, cheese, olives, stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki, aubergine dip, small sausages and giant beans.
Such dishes are normally found at little daytime restaurants called mezedes or mezedoupolio, serving lunch. In the evening, tavernas serve such specialities as moussaka, kebabs, pastitsio (lamb or goat with macaroni and tomatoes), stifado (braised beef with onions) and paidakia (grilled lamb or goat chops).
Halkidiki has its fair share of international food as well, mainly around the main resorts and larger hotels, but family holidays are much more fun when you go for the full-on Greek experience.