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Best Mediterranean Food in Los Angeles

After spending five weeks in Greece during my summer study abroad program in Spetses, it’s safe to say that Mediterranean food has definitely hit the top of as one of my favorite cuisines of all time. In order for you as readers to be able to understand the beauty of tzatziki, moussaka, and gyros, (all of these terms you will understand soon) one has to be able to try these foods.

However, I won’t lie – finding some decent, authentic Mediterranean food here isn’t a piece of cake. Sure, we’re in Los Angeles, the melting pot of all kinds of cultures, hence a reason to believe that great Greek food is out there somewhere.

In addition, it is rumored that Mediterranean food is one of the healthiest cuisines out there! So it’s delicious and healthy. What more could you want? (Beware, once you try these foods, there’s no going back – take my word for it.)

Papa Cristo’s

Located on Pico Blvd on the edge of Downtown, this place is definitely considered a hidden gem. I’ve never even heard of it until one of the professors who accompanied us on the trip told us that this place was probably hands-down the best, authentic Greek food he’s tried in LA. When you walk in, you’re immediately filled in somewhat of a Greek community since it is a family-run business. There’s a Greek supermarket where you can shop for some of your favorite Greek essentials, such as feta cheese, tzatziki, hummus, pita bread, and much more. To the left is a dining room, family style – the only way to eat Greek. Finally, to the right is a where you order. They serve all kinds of plates, from large souvlaki (pieces of meat and vegetables on a skewer) plates, gyros, Greek salads, moussaka (eggplant lasagna, yum!), falafels, and more. On top of that, a Greek meal would not be complete without some baklava. Enjoy!

Aliki’s Greek Taverna

Do not be fooled by the exterior of this restaurant. Located right here in Westchester, Aliki’s Greek Taverna will satisfy any kind of craving you may have for Mediterranean food. The gyro plate, calamari, and the moussaka are definitely some of the many things that one has to try when visiting this little restaurant!

Joe’s Falafel

There are multiple locations, but the Studio City location is known to be the better one. Though the drive is far, this place has some of the best gyros and falafels anyone could ask for. In addition, if you’re a vegetarian, Joe’s Falafel offers plenty of food choices that will satisfy your cravings. I personally haven’t been here myself, but it’s on this list for a reason and I will be sure to try it stat.

Fiddler’s Bistro

Right 3rd Street, the Fiddler’s Bistro is a Mediterranean classic with a twist. They serve burgers and Mexican food – what more could you want. Combining three cuisines into one fusion never sounded better. From the feta or lamb burger, to the Greek omelette, to even something as basic as the breakfast burrito, the Fiddler’s Bistro won’t let you down. Whether it’s for brunch, lunch, or dinner, this is without a doubt a good place to hang out.

Mykonos Greek Grill

If you’re looking for a cheaper, somewhat close, and a faster option, this place won’t let you down. Located right on Washington Blvd in Culver City, it can satisfy your cravings for a gyro for just under $10. The food itself could be a hit or miss with it either being extremely tasty, or slightly disappointing, especially if you’ve already tried authentic Greek food in the past. Either way, it’s good, it’s fast, and you’ll want to have it ASAP.

P.S. Everyone should spend their summer in the Odyssey Program at Spetses! It’s absolutely life-changing, no joke.

By: Conchita Widjojo

Her Campus LMU
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