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Best Greek in LA

My husband is 1/2-Greek (Dad was born and raised) and his family owns their own restaurant in Astoria. I've got to see if I can find the name of it ... I've never eaten there. Anyway, whenever the fam comes to town we grab Greek "fast food" at Papa Cristo's while stocking up on Greek food staples in the little attached market.

When we want to sit down and have a nice relaxing meal we always go to Sofi on third. We've brought large groups, medium groups, and just dined with the two of us and it's always the best service and very delish Greek. My father-in-law says that some of the menu items are more authentic than others ... we've tried just about everything ... but they're all quite good.

On my own, with galfriends, I've been to The Great Greek. I didn't enjoy the food ... the service was slow and the food wasn't what I was used to having at my in-laws, so to me it wasn't authentic. On the other hand, my husband went one night after work with some friends and thought it was okay. I suspect some Greek wine might have helped him come to that conclusion though.;)

Hope this helps ... one of the things we love about LA are the choices for some yum-e greek. We're originally from Dallas and aside from one little place by the Greek Orthodox Church there ... the pickings are slim.

Apr 24, 2007
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Good delivery on West Side...

Wow ... I've never had a salad there, but we've dined there several times with friends and it has always been really good for the price and area. The delivery has stood up on the drive too ... although we live in BH so we're not far away enough for it to take it's toll on the food. I'd say give it another go ... although, I know how it is when you have a bad meal somewhere. Sometimes you just can't make yourself go back through the doors! ;)

Apr 05, 2007
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Looking for an UNUSUAL restaurant

I was going to suggest Moun of Tunis as well ... I planned my husband's "Rockin' the Casbah" b-day there a few years back and it was pretty fabulous. We had a big group and with the private rooms that feel like little kitchy little Shangri-las, the belly dancers, and all that eating with your hands ... it is totally fun and off the wall. The food may not be the best Moroccan I've ever had, but the staff is super attentive and the food is on the pretty-good side. They have a lot of selections too ... we had some vegetarians in the group and they were happy with the offerings. The restaurant let me bring a big cake that I had made at Hansen's and held it in their fridge while we partied. They brought it out at just the right time. If you plan to do that though ... just remember to bring your own forks! ;)

Apr 05, 2007
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Tea w/ Mom

One of my friends just celebrated her pregnancy with a ladies tea at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino. It's a lovely place to walk around and they have your typical afternoon tea as well. Being able to see the gardens and the other art they have on display makes the drive worthwhile. Happy Mother's Day! :)

Apr 05, 2007
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Free Birthday Meal?

So funny that you should post this today ... I was at lunch today with a group of gals from work and we noticed that on the menu of the restaurant they say your b-day meal is free. We started to discuss where else offers that little perk and only Denny's came to mind.

We were at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant in Old Town Torrance. The menu said that your b-day meal includes an entree and dessert. The folks I was with love that place, but since I'm from Texas I can only say that I've had better. it is a little old and dark for my tastes, but feels pretty authentic. The wait staff is attentive and dress in Mexican attire. It reminds me of some of the places over by Olvera Street, downtown.

I hope to see some other posts ... fun topic! :)

Apr 05, 2007
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Western Smoke House on Overland.

Oh that's a good point too ... about them being closed when their posted hours say that they should be open. I completely forgot until you mentioned it ... The first two times we attempted to eat there that happened to us!

Sep 03, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Dinner before the Taper?

lovely ... thanks so much for the response!

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Help the Chowspouse get ten/fifteen lawyers out of their rut! Same question, more oomph!

No way! I gotta know more about this ... we go there at least once or twice a year and I'd love to pick that night of the week next time. Only fair! ;)

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Smelly Cutting Board

I've read that you should only use wood boards for things like pizza, bread, etc. Anything that gives off liquid when cut (including veggies and fruits, but especially meats) should be cut on glass or plastic boards to ward off bacteria from cutting and mold from cleaning.

The fishy smell may not be bacterial now ... likely just fish oil ... but the more you wash it the more you risk possible mold and bacteria growth.

I second those who suggest cleaning with lemon and salt. I can't recommend soaking in water or going the bleach route.

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Cookware

dinner with a famous foodie- claremont recs needed

If you want unpretentious and lovely, I'd suggest Sofi. It's authentic Greek food with rich flavor and fabulous presentation. I'm not sure if it still is, but was family owned and operated. They have a beautiful outdoor garden with hanging flowers that makes you forget you're in the city. The presentation appears really upscale for the price and the service is very attentive. If you make reservations (not a must), request to be seated outside.

If you want semi-pretentious and "name brand" ... where you KNOW that the food and service will be right on, bite the bullet and make reservations at Spago. Since she is a chef and food writer, she might like to go somewhere where she can check out the work of a well-known colleague. Similar to Sofi, when you make reservations (a must), request to be seated in the courtyard for a more intimate dining experience.

Along those lines, Frida is a nice choice for Mexican. It's a very unpretentious choice considering it's Beverly Hills location. I've been there a few times and haven't been 100% wow-ed, but I also didn't try the Mole that everyone raves about. Your aunt might think it is cool that all the recipies were passed down from the family of the executive chef ... that's kind of a neat twist.

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Dinner before the Taper?

Great question ... we've had season tickets to the MT Forum for two years now and always seem to wind up eating close to home prior to driving downtown or noshing on something from the outside courtyard. We keep saying that we'd like to find a place by the Forum and never manage to do it before the next show.

I heard some people saying that they dine at Kendall's but we've never been there. Anyone know anything about the place? Any other places within walking distance?

Thanks!

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Help the Chowspouse get ten/fifteen lawyers out of their rut! Same question, more oomph!

Definitely fun and the food is okay but what I'd pay to see is Good Ol' Boys trying to eat with their fingers while watching belly dancers. ;)

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Western Smoke House on Overland.

My husband and I are from Texas and since moving to LA several years ago, we've yearned for some good ol' Texas BBQ. I'm still looking.

We've picked up take-out from Western Smoke House several times (the place is too small to eat-in and feels like you're eating in someone's kitchen). The fare is relatively decent, and the meat options definitely outshine the side items.

If you live nearby and pass it often, I'd give it a whirl. You will likely find that it's okay for the odd-night of take-out, but not a place you'd go out of your way to dine at.

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Which is the Best Persian resturant on the westside?

I put my vote in for Javan. My best friend's hubby is Iranian and the first time they both came to visit we took them to Javan. Now everytime they're in town it's the first place they want to go. The food is authentic, well prepared, and the atmosphere is great for conversation.

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

GOOD EATS IN WLA???

Yum ... love me some soup! Our two favorite places are Ramenya (on Olympic at Butler ... just west past Sawtelle) and Factor's (on Pico at Beverly). Ramenya is authentic Japanese and Factor's is authentic Jewish. Either way you can't go wrong!

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Hawaiian Food/Caterer

I don't have any suggestions in this area, but wanted to let you know that there is a big Polynesian fest in Long Beach this weekend. It's probably just the place to ask around and find a good specialty caterer. Good luck!

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Good delivery on West Side...

First off ... big congrats on your upcoming arrival! As much as I love to cook, I have no idea how I've amassed such a collection of take-out and delivery menus ... but let my laziness be a blessing to you! ;) We wind up ordering out about one night a week (we're located up by Roxbury Park). Here are a few of our favorites (in order of how much we love them)...

Bossa Nova /Brazilian
Awesome service and the food is jusst as fab when delivered as it is in the restaurant. They have two locations

Fu's Palace / Chinese
One of the top two Chinese delivery spots on the Westside ... we've tried them all

Wok on Fire / Chinese & Sushi
One of the top two Chinese delivery spots on the Westside ... they deliver sushi ... yum!

Spark Woodfire Grill / American
Delish and also as good delivered as restaurant quality

There is also a great delivery service that you can look up online ... LABite.com. They will let you order from places like ChinChin, Islands, Champage, Daily Grill, CPK and they go pick it up for you and deliver it. The delivery charge is about $5 buck, I think ... well worth it if y'all want to stay at home and spend more time with your little one!

Best of luck to you ... on a side note ... have you heard of the "pregnancy salad" at Caioti Pizza in Studio City? If you get antsy toward your due date, two of my friends have dined there and gone into labor the following week. ;)

Sep 02, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Ramen in Santa Monica

I absolutely second this ... Ramenya rocks! It is located on Olympic ... slightly west of Sawtelle. They used to be closed on Wednesdays, but now are open 7-days per week. I work all the way in Torrance and on the days my hubby tells me that he and his co-workers (who work in SanMon) went there for lunch, I'm jealous all day long! The kimchi ramen ... I believe it's #25 on the menu ... is THE best!!

Sep 01, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Best quiet adult restaurant in Santa Monica for first date

I have an "off the beaten path" suggestion for you ... Dante's, a great little Italian restaurant on Wilshire (at Westgate, so not quite yet in Santa Monica ... more like Brentwood).

This place is quiet and dimly lit, making it perfect for romance. The food is amazing and the authentic Italian staff is wonderful and attentive.

I used to work around the corner and would meet my hubby there after work when we wanted to be able to catch-up and talk about our days ... actually talk and be able to hear one another ... while consuming great food.

This place is strictly old school (but in a good way). There's nothing "scene-y" about it. If you happen to drink, they have a great wine selection. I would highly recommend the gnocchi in pink sauce ... heavenly! Have a fabulous date! :)

Sep 01, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Los Angeles Area

Old Warsaw (Dallas) Recommended?

Ohh ... I moved away from Dallas about four years ago, but when I read the suggestion of Abacus it made me want to get on the next plane and head in that direction. Love it ... always consistant!

Regarding the Warsaw, I have to say that even when I was still living in big D it was on the decline. Although not from official "chowhounds", here's a site with some additional thoughts on the place...
http://cityguide.aol.com/dallas/resta...

Sep 01, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Dallas - Fort Worth

[austin] Seeking Authentic Greek ...

My husband and I are heading to Austin the week of our nine year anniversary in September. It's been ages since we lived in Texas and even longer since we've been to Austin. He's part Greek and I'd love to find an authentic Greek restaurant to celebrate the occasion. I'm not looking for belly dancers and greasy gyros ... I'm looking for the real deal.

Can anyone help?

Romantic would be great, but fab food would be even better. If anyone can turn me on to a place that has both, I'll name my first born after you! ;)

Sep 01, 2006
Daisy Gatsby in Austin