Souvlaki (Greek: Σουβλάκι) is one of the favourite foods of Nick Knight's partner, Don Schanke. He frequently suggests new restaurants whose variant on souvlaki he strongly recommends; but Nick—being a vampire—has no interest in solid food.
Souvlaki is a popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer. The meat is traditionally pork, though today increasingly chicken. In other countries and for tourists, souvlaki may be made with other meats, such as beef and lamb, or sometimes fish.
The word "souvlaki" is a diminutive of souvla (skewer), itself ultimately derived from the Latin subula (awl). From references in the works of Aristophanes, Xenophon, and Aristotle, it is known that souvlaki has been popular in Greece since at least classical times, and a similar dish is mentioned in Homer.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Souvlaki.