After quitting sea life back in 1988, Lieutenant Giannis Karambelas came across this small rundown corner in Koukaki where he decided to open a small sandwich shop. Thirty five years later, it’s not only Giannis’ warm heart that has gained Guarantee its legendary status in Athens’ street food scene, but also his enthusiasm and desire to constantly improve on his products. “When we first started, customers were asking for ingredients that we didn’t have back then, like tuna or blue cheese. If people are asking for more, I thought, we should offer more,” Giannis recalls. Now, the shop offers over ten different kinds of bread delivered daily from three bakeries in the area, 20 types of cold cuts and 20 cheese types from around the world. You really don’t want to miss out on the handmade fillings, such as rosbeef, grilled vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and more), salmon gravlax and pesto sauces. Guarantee’s menu has 36 sandwich combinations, some of which are ideas suggested by its customers. Take your pick, or have them make your own, then pair it with a freshly made juice and you’re good to skip your next meal.
Also: if it goes well in a sandwich, it goes well in a pie.