Coming in at No. 1 for the healthiest cuisines on Health.com, Greek food is not only good for the body but good for the taste buds as well. A diet consisting of mainly olive oil, dark leafy vegetables, beans, fruit and fresh fish is a sure way to cut down the risks of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Studies have shown that people who follow a Mediterranean diet live longer. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to the Mediterranean region to consume these immune-boosting edibles. Just head to any one of these five restaurants and do your body good.
2771 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Papa Cristo’s is a neighborhood favorite and yet another delicious reason to head to South LA. In business for more than 65 years, Papa Cristo’s uses fresh ingredients, quality cuts of fish, beef, lamb and chicken. The octopodakia is the customer favorite but if baby octopus and slabs of animals aren’t your thing, there are plenty of enjoyable vegetarian dishes available. Bring the family on Thursdays for The Big Fat Greek family-style meal.
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6333 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you’re going to name your restaurant after an epic journey, the food better be good. Ulysses Voyage in the Mid-City West area lives up to the legend with its Greek-meets-gastronomy cuisine. Exquisite plating, twists on traditional dishes, wines from Greece and live music create a one-of-a-kind experience. Ulysses Voyage is a little pricey but well worth the odyssey.
1727 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
From the outside, the Sidewalk Grill looks like every other inviting café. But inside are the colorful and delighting dishes of Mediterranean cuisine. Leaning more towards the healthy side with a primary menu of grilled items, luscious wraps, salads and soups, it’s easy to see why Mediterranean ranks as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Indoor seating is very limited but the patio is spacious.
6009 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
When dining with a group, it’s sometimes difficult for everyone to agree on one specific type of cuisine. At Fiddler’s Bistro, there’s a little something for everyone. And for those who want Mediterranean food, you won’t be disappointed as the kebobs are some of the best around. Dive into lamb, chicken or filet mignon grilled to perfection and served over a bed of wild rice with hummus and roasted tomato. There is free delivery in the area.
The Great Greek
13362 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Driving down Ventura Boulevard through Sherman Oaks, it’s hard to miss The Great Greeks’ blue awning. And if you’ve eaten here, you know it’s like a beacon for really great Greek food. It’s hard to go wrong with anything on the menu, but customer favorites are the cognac-flamed cheese saganaki (flamed at your table), the spanakopita, pasta with braised lamb and the pastitsio, which is like the Greek version of mac ‘n cheese.
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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.