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Jul 26, 2006 04:45 AM

Why doesn't LA have any good Greek restaurants??

Can anybody name one good authentic restaurant?

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    1. what about Papa Cristos? excellent gyros.

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      1. re: eatslowly

        I've been very happy with the food at Papa Cristos...esp. the lamb

      2. I kinda know what Theo means (and with a name like Theo, you get instant Greekcred) much as I've liked Papa Cristo's (sometimes, though I've gotten some old, cold gyros there a few times) and Mama Voula's, there's nothing to compare to the great Greek places in Chicago and many other places in the Midwest.

        1. Papa Christo's is the closest you are going to find to true Greek in Los Angeles. If you haven't been there, it's worth the trip. Aside from the overall generally good quality prepared foods served there, for the record, they were the first in Los Angeles to stock greek-style yogurt, long before you could find Total at Trader Joe's.

          Here's the link to the webpage, with address and menu:

          As to the why, Los Angeles was never heavily settled by Greeks. Over the years in the USA, there has been a much bigger community of European immigrants built up on the East Coast than here in LA. Out on the west coast, our immigrant bases are more predominantly Asian and Mexican/Central/South American than European, although there have been *some* hearty souls from the Continent who've made their mark on Los Angeles over the years.

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          1. re: DanaB

            ...which is the same reason why there's no equivalent to Germantown, Little Italy or the Ironbound in LA, either. Europeans tended toward the Northeast, or else to the Midwest.

            I agree, though, there's no really great Greek places like there are in Chicago. No great Polish places either (there's Polka and Warszawa, both of which are fine, but neither of which is great).

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              There WAS a Little Italy in Los Angeles. It's located where Chinatown is now, and back then Chinatown was located where Union Station is now. The only existing remnants of Little Italy are St. Peter's Italian parish, Eastside Deli and the San Antonio Winery. The community has since dispersed and assimilated since it was not supplimented by newer Italian immigrants.

              Not having a large Greek community in Los Angeles doesn't make it any better or worse than other cities, just different. It's the same reason one can't find any decent Mexican or Thai food in New York. Just different groups, different flavors.

              European immigrants though were instumental in developing the city, such as Isaac Lankershim (Germany), Col. Griffith J. Griffith (Wales) and William Mulholland (Ireland). I'm sure you're familiar with the names.

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