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Where to go for Greek food in L.A?.

I miss the Greek Town area back in Chicago, where you can pop in to most any restaurant for a great, reasonably priced mean with excellent service.

I was quite surprised when I mentioned Saganaki to a group of L.A. native coworkers and that had never heard of it, even when I described it!

So this leads me to wonder -- are there any good Greek restaurants in the L.A. area? I would be especially happy to find one in the SFV or SCV. TIA for any suggestions!

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  1. That's an easy one. Papa Cristos - Pico and Normandie, right on the corner. It's not in the valley, but it's worth going over the hill to eat there. They have a Family Dinner night - I think it's Wednesday. Plus the market/prepared foods to go. Yummy taramasalata.

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    1. re: Suger Jones

      What he said. Try the grilled Octopus. Their Tsatsiki is to die for.

      1. re: mattesq

        Concur on both counts. Octopus is charred lovingly and incredibly tender (none of that rubber band texture you get from seafood that's been overcooked) and the tsatsiki is better than anywhere else.

        Mr Taster

    2. That's an easy one. Papa Cristos - Pico and Normandie, right on the corner. It's not in the valley, but it's worth going over the hill to eat there. They have a Family Dinner night - I think it's Wednesday. Plus the market/prepared foods to go. Yummy taramasalata.

      1. There used to be a place in Claremont by the colleges called Yianni's. It was really good and they had excellent saganaki - lit on fire at your table and all.
        Try to google it - do not know if it's still there.

        1. As said, Papa Christo's, not a fancy place, but good Greek food: http://www.papacristo.com/ The family dinner night is Thursday.

          Also there is a relatively new Greek restaurant in Manhattan Beach, which I haven't tried yet, but which has been getting good reviews: Petros. Its more up-scale.

          1. anyone ever been to Sofi on 3rd street?

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            1. re: cookgirl

              Sofi is great!! Been going there for years and when I took my greek cousin (he married into the family) he loved it. They have Saganaki and every other type of comforting greek food you could want. They have a bar and a wonderful patio.

              1. re: yummyinmytummy

                Although I love the garden at Sofi, the food wasn't that great to me, after trying a bunch of others. Mediocre. But charming patio!! For me personally, I'd go if I was in the nabe or live there, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

              2. re: cookgirl

                I've been to Sofi- pretty good/moderately good food but snotty waiters. Made the whole experience unpleasant, and the food wasn't good enough to justify returning. Papa Cristo's is rather good, some items outstanding, but others are not more than ok. There used to be a wonderful Greek restaurant in the west Valley, I think it was called Marianthe's. Owned and operated by a Greek woman. It closed several years ago, and I wonder if Marianthe ever opened elsewhere. That was just outstanding Greek food, and amazingly reasonably priced too.