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Got the Hots for Grilled Octopots!

Will Owen Jul 28, 2011 01:35 PM

Sorry, couldn't resist throwing in the Pogo riff … anyway, someone on another chat group entirely is just back from Greece, and keeps going on about the grilled octopus there, and how good it was, and we ate it three times, and - oh! - did I mention it's delicious? Now, I've had it fried here and there around LA, and I get the cold stuff for dim sum at 888 when Mrs. O doesn't hiss at me because it's (relatively) expensive. But I've never encountered grilled, which sounds pretty good, especially since this woman (whose opinions I tend to trust) cannot stop bringing it up. I'm going to assume a Greek place might have it, and that it would be more of a seaside tavern thing than a regular restaurant item. Anybody got a suggestion? Or a solid lead?

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    Jase RE: Will Owen Jul 28, 2011 01:40 PM

    Papa Cristos has grilled octopus in their appetizers.

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      cdub RE: Jase Jul 28, 2011 02:51 PM

      2nd. a good plate of them. they're always tender and delicious at papa cristos. get them pretty much every time i'm there.

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        Plato9 RE: Jase Jul 29, 2011 07:09 PM

        Been to Papa Cristos many times and always get the grilled octopus as is is very good.
        Delphi Greek on Westwood Blvd., also has very good octopus.

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        Papa Cristos
        2771 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

        Delphi Greek
        1383 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

      2. Servorg RE: Will Owen Jul 28, 2011 02:07 PM

        Both the Mozza's have it I believe, but the appetizer version at Osteria Mozza that I had was excellent.

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        Pizzeria Mozza
        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Osteria Mozza
        6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          la2tokyo RE: Servorg Jul 28, 2011 03:06 PM

          +1

          Osteria Mozza serves the best grilled octopus I've ever had.

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            foodiemahoodie RE: la2tokyo Jul 28, 2011 11:12 PM

            I'm adding my vote here too. I get it EVERYTIME I go to Mozza. Hm. Are they open now?

        2. Ciao Bob RE: Will Owen Jul 28, 2011 03:44 PM

          Best I have had lately Will, and I get this dish alot, is at Terroni. I prefer it to the Mozza version by a long shot.

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          Terroni
          7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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            TonyC RE: Ciao Bob Jul 28, 2011 04:48 PM

            Cube. I really dig Cube's version. Very Medi.

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              foodiemahoodie RE: Ciao Bob Jul 29, 2011 03:19 AM

              By a long shot?

              I checked Terroni's website and couldn't find it on the menu.

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              Terroni
              7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                Ciao Bob RE: foodiemahoodie Jul 29, 2011 10:20 AM

                I believe it is a perennial "special" of late, not on the main menu, but there most always...call them first to be sure.
                And yes by a long, long shot, in fact. Mozza's is overly fussy for me: "Grilled Octopus
                with potatoes, celery & lemon." The extra stuff detracts, Terroni's is much simpler, as I am used to from good Greek/Southern Italian venues; and the coils are larger and more robust at Terroni...Mozza chops it up to much.

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                Terroni
                7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                  Will Owen RE: Ciao Bob Aug 3, 2011 05:54 PM

                  The woman who was going on and on about the octopus sent me a personal email with some pictures, along with a description of the dish and where to get it. She says that the good stuff is found at waterfront tavernas; you CAN get it at restaurants in Athens, but it's more expensive and not nearly as good. Sounds kinda like here, then …

            2. Will Owen RE: Will Owen Jul 28, 2011 06:17 PM

              Okay, now let's try this: prices? I don't necessarily mind paying American upscale for Mediterranean street food, but I do like to be prepared.

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                Servorg RE: Will Owen Jul 28, 2011 07:17 PM

                Osteria Mozza has prices on their website.

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                Osteria Mozza
                6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                  cant talk...eating RE: Will Owen Jul 29, 2011 11:03 AM

                  From Papa Christo's website:
                  OCTOPODAKIA - grilled baby octopus $7.99

                  It's goooood.

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                  Charles Pepper RE: Will Owen Jul 28, 2011 10:47 PM

                  As mentioned, Mozza's version is great.

                  But, strangely, it didn't taste all that octopus-ish to me, compared to a typical Greek version. Mozza's tasted almost beefy.

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                    Jeryy RE: Charles Pepper Jul 29, 2011 02:23 AM

                    malibu seafood good but not great, but perfect for a summer evening by the sea. and very reasonable prices.

                  2. ipsedixit RE: Will Owen Jul 29, 2011 09:14 PM

                    Uncle Yu's Indian Theme Restaurant (f/k/a Indian)

                    1. Foodandwine RE: Will Owen Jul 31, 2011 08:54 AM

                      For $19.99 AYCE the Road to Seoul Korean BBQ has Baby Octopus and Larger Ones as well. They dance on the BBQ they are so fresh and still taste of the ocean. Not the greek style that I prefer due to the seasoning and better char. But heck this is one great spot and the Prawns are good too. You can wash it all down with some meat too, You can tell I like the place :)

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                      Road to Seoul
                      1230 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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