Avli's is the local find in Hersonissos, in Crete, or Creta as the locals say. It's a slightly-hidden restaurant that my sisters and I only found because we'd asked our taxi driver where he'd dine, after we were sick of the tourist spots. I mean we were in Crete, but it shouldn't have been so hard to find a bit of culture.
Our taxi driver advised us to go down one of the adjacent streets to the main road, opposite the church. If you're in Hersonissos, there's only one church on the main road, so it's surprisingly easy to find. If you're really struggling however, Avli's is a local dime, so nearby shop owners will know it.
Avli's is a traditional Greek taverna, with slightly aged tiling, and complete with questionable table cloths. Whilst I was on the fence over the decor, the food didn't disappoint.
Greek flavours are quite mild, and I'm more partial to, at least, a little spice,or heat. With that in mind, I was surprised at how good Avli's was. Definitely not out of this world for me, but it was the best we'd found in the area. Perhaps we weren't in the finest of foodie areas, but Avli's was good. The courgette fritters in particular were superb. Light, crunchy, but packed with flavour.
My sisters and I really fell for the owner at Avli's, who even on relatively busy nights will have a chat with you. When we dined there for a second time in as many days, he was playing the guitar effortlessly but intensely - the people really do make Greece what it is.