When it comes to Greek food in L.A., the first name that springs to mind is Papa Cristo’s. For take-out or eating in, Greek grocery items and Thursday family dinners, the place is perpetually popular. Grilled octopus is charred lovingly and incredibly tender, and the tzatziki is better than anywhere else, says Mr Taster. Taramasalata is good too.
George’s Greek has delicious, no-nonsense Greek/Cypriot food, including saganaki and a stellar kleftiko, raves rjw_lgb_ca. It’s in Long Beach (where the Pine St. location is reckoned a bit better than Belmont Shore) and downtown L.A. (lunch only).
The Firehouse in Reseda isn’t strictly Greek (you can also get burgers, or fish and chips), but they have tasty food, made to order. If you don’t usually like stuffed grape leaves, try their vegetarian version. It’s longer and more loosely packed than most other grape leaves, with a tomato and rice filling. There are sampler plates, and most combos include Greek salad, pita and rice/fries for $10. It’s all delicious, says LisaN.
Petros is the antithesis of the Greek restaurant stereotype: sleek and stylish, with young, hot waiters. But the food is really good, though somewhat California-sized (we mean smaller).
Ulysses at the Grove may have better grilled octopus than Papa Cristo’s, and very tasty spanakopita. Okra and boiled dandelion greens are great, and they do a succulent, delicious lamb shank.
Papadakis is more on the fine-dining side, but it’s a family-run place with really good food, says diningdivala.
Athena’s, a Greek/Italian hole in the wall, has tasty moussaka, lamb shank, and lentil soup, says mushky.
Mykonos is Long Beach’s best kept secret for Greek food, says Eat_Nopal, who recommends saganaki, baby octopus, and rack of lamb.
And cheesy though it might be, the Great Greek has really yummy roast spring lamb and can be fun for groups, what with the dancing waiters, flaming cheese and all. Get the Greek Feast.
Firehouse Restaurant [West San Fernando Valley]
18450 Victory Blvd, Tarzana, CA
Athena’s Rotisserie & Pizzeria [Santa Clarita]
18853 Soledad Canyon Rd., Canyon Country 91351
Mykonos [South Bay]
5374 E. 2nd St., Long Beach