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Sophia's Greek Cuisine in Placentia

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I went today and was underwhelmed... but I see lots of positive reviews online. What should I be ordering to have this positive experience?

Today I had pastitsio which was just OK -- the topping was very... hm... gelatinous, but other than being too salty, the stew and pasta below were decent. The salad was fine (lettuce plus a sweet dressing, overdressed but I practically eat salads dry so that may be me) but the avgolemono soup was utterly salty and tasted like bouillon cubes.

Should I be ordering fish there? I debated, but I didn't want to order fish the first time out.

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  1. Hmm. I consider myself a local, and I've never heard of this place, though if it opened in the last 5 years, then that would make sense.

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    1. re: jaykayen

      Actually they've been there for years but they're a bit hard to spot while driving by. Since it's been at least five years since we've been there, I don't recall what we had but that Hubby did like the Greek beer. Since then we've eaten Greek at the local church festivals and occasionally at George's Greek in Long Beach.

      1. re: Joani Macaroni

        It was damn near impossible to get there, honestly. The address is Kraemer Blvd., but there's no entrance on Kraemer Blvd. and if you're headed north (toward YL Blvd.) the parking lot that looks like it should be for Sophia's is actually for the Placentia post office. You have to make a right on Morse, and then a left on Angelina, and then a left into the parking lot (or, from YL Blvd., go eastbound THROUGH the light at Kraemer, then right on Palm, then right on Angelina, then right into the parking lot).

        Also, the "front" (the place where you enter) looks abandoned.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          You are absolutely right, about getting into the parking lot and the "entrance" (which is in the back, and kind of winding, isn't it?) I never understood this. Gave you the feeling you were wandering into the wrong place. . .

          Maybe the rent is really low ????

    2. i grew up in placentia and went to sophia's a lot. at the time, it was the only greek place around, and we loved it. now i just love it because it's familiar, but i don't think it's that great. the only thing i really think is great there is the htipiti, although i've never tried it anywhere else.

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      1. re: esquimeaux

        ITA....years ago, it was the only Greek or Mediterrenean restaurant around and loved it then. Now, well, I just haven't been compelled to go. Maybe if DU or anyone else does a full on report saying it's worth a visit, I might go back.