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Aside from Papa Christo's any Greek recs

Spent a month last summer in Greece, in Athens, Rhoades and a little island called Symi. Amazing time, AMAZING food!

I really miss the place, the people, the sun, the sea and the eats. Any recomendations? I live downtown so I have been to Papa Christo's a few times. I thought it was okay but I haven't found anything better. Is there anything else relatively nearby? Especially something homey but serving good seafood? Otherwise anything that will take me back farther away. San Pedro is far but I would go if there was nothing closer and got a strong rec.

Help me pretend I am back in Greece!

Thanks.

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  1. Here is a link to a pretty recent thread that should be of help in your search. Good luck.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/81557

    1. Anyone ever been here?:

      http://www.papadakistaverna.com/Pages...

      I listen to Petros Papadakis on the radio and this is his dad's place. He's always inviting listeners down for dinner. The web site shows lots of awards.

      Too bad, it's also in San Pedro. If you're gonna make the drive, you'll probably go to the place you already like.

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      1. re: PaulF

        I went there last year. The food was just OK. The service was good, friendly and attentive. The meal was priced to high for a just above average dinner. Sadly, would not bother to go back.

      2. Not sure where you are, but Georges (2 of 'em) and Ambrosia Cafe are both in Long Beach - I prefer Georges, But I've been told Ambrosia has good breakfast.

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        1. re: SRosie

          I totally second the George's recommendation (especially now that they're in Belmont Shore!). Note, however, that the family is Cypriot Greek, so the food is very slightly different from Greek from the mainland. It's still great-- just subtly different.

        2. Alexis in Northridge is excellent - best certainly in SFV. http://alexisgreek.com Chef is Greek. His wife - also a chef - is Portuguese - so there are ALSO some wonderful Portuguese specialties like Bacalhau, Chicken Piri Piri. Loganica

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          1. re: maggielyn

            I like Alexis, myself, although a Greek friend tells me it's not "real" greek. I love it.

            Frankly, I aslo enjoy Great greek, although it isn't up to Alexis.

            I hear the one in Malibu is good, Tony's Taverna

          2. I would also love some recommendations for good Greek food.
            The Great Greek in Sherman Oaks is good, but nothing spectacular, in my opinion. The dolmades were especially disappointing (they didn't really have any taste at all, when I had them). I really liked the melitzanosalata though - flavorful and creamy. the spanakopita and moussaka were okay, but not really memorable or special. the pasticcio (sp?) tasted like something a Greek Chef Boyardee would make. complimentary sourdough bread was served before the meal - it was warm, soft and delicious! (just a sidenote - is it just me or do few restaurants send out good complimentary bread? I've encountered bread as stale and cold as bricks at places like the Water Grill)
            I've read good reviews of Ulysses' Voyage near the Farmer's Market and I pass by it all the time, but for some reason its proximity to the Grove makes me hesitate to try it.