I had been trying to get my wife to try Christakis off and on for a month or more, figuring that the raves Id read about it being one of the best Greek places in Orange County meant it couldnt be half bad. Id started liking Greek food after trying a place called Delphi in Westwood, with the heavy use of grape leaves and grilled meats. I could even tolerate the McGreek cuisine of Daphnes fast food chain. Their gyros lunch special isnt too bad, a nice respite from burritos and burgers. (I imagine admitting this loses me street cred, but
Christakis, on the other hand, is the real thing- not a fast food distillation, but a real sit-down place with a nice patio outside. My kids spent the better part of our evening there trying to get outdoors to the fountain in the middle of the patio. Maybe next time well just sit out there. There was a new waittress on staff, and she sat with some of the other staff members at a table behind us (we ate at 6pm, apparently fairly early for this place, even on a Friday night). They were talking about the correct pronunciation of Greek surnames, and their varying origins across different parts of Greece. Kinda lended to the atmosphere of the place.
After having spent most of our once-weekly dining experiences since moving here in search of sushi, it was also nice to be eating at a place where the food tab dropped well back into the double digits for two.
We started off with a couple of appetizers- one was prawns in a white wine sauce, and the other was a dish of well seasoned meatballs, that I thought my 1-year old would enjoy eating along with us. We polished them off- they were very tasty, although said 1-year old preferred Trader Joes pretzels. Grr. The shrimp were crunchy and fresh, although the sauce was a little sour, so it masked the fresh taste a little bit.
I had the lamb gyro plate, I know, I know, not at all adventurous.. but it did give me a reference point with what I was familiar with. The gyro here was softer and more flavorful, and the tzatziki had a much more obvious cucumber taste to it. Really nicely done, I thought. My wife had linguini with prawns, and very much enjoyed it. I didnt get to try, for the reason listed below:
The only downside to the evening was that we couldnt stay long to enjoy it. We ended up packing up and finishing at home, because our kids were so restless. We noticed that this place seems to do take-out and delivery, and quite frankly, thats probably the way were going to go the next time.. Unless we get babysitting!
I also wish I'd prepared a bit better.. I didn't have a whole lot of time to search chowhound for specific menu recommendations, and Google turned up very little other than "I like Christakis for Greek in OC" type posts.. Any recommendations for me for the next visit?