Restaurant Review: Papa Cristo’s

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Papa Cristos is a real Los Angeles establishment which has been here since the 1940s. It is a family business, run by a genial gentleman called Cris Chris. This is my go-to place when I want bring a group of good friends or family together for some yummy Greek food.

There are two options for seating. You can sit in the main dining room for the family atmosphere. It is loud and exciting and there are no pretenses. Sometimes they even have a belly dancer, and a handsome young man playing music. If you are looking for a more intimate atmosphere, try their patio, which is behind a flower-covered gate just off Pico. This is where I met my literary agent, to talk about my book proposal.

I’m originally from Egypt, so Middle Eastern food has a special place in my heart. This kind of food is light and very healthy, and I am always in the mood for more.

My absolute favorite thing to do is to have a little of this and a little of that, and mix it all together on my plate. It can get kind of messy, but it makes me happy and goes along with the feeling that you are at home when you are at Papa Cristos. Their hummus is especially seasoned, very garlicy and lemony, exactly the way it is supposed to taste. The tabouli salad is divine. If you like spinach and cheese, you like Greek food. And you wouldn’t know it, but this is actually one of the best places in Los Angeles to get bread. Their ciabatta loaf is light and airy and perfect for mopping up all the good things on your plate. And their lentil soup cannot be beat.

For desert, you must save room for the date cookies and lokum (Turkish delight). My favorite flavor is rose water, but there are many others that you can mix and match and take home by the pound. If you are especially charming, you might be able to convince the man behind the counter to only put the rose water flavor in your “mixed” selection.

In addition to the restaurant, Papa Cristos has a deli section and they cater events. In fact, they catered my granddaughter’s wedding back in 2006. The food was delicious and perfect for the occasion and Cris gave them a very good price.

This place is the real deal. Come often and bring an appetite!

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See this review and Cutie’s other dining adventures at Yelp:
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Papa
Papa Cristos is a real Los Angeles establishment which has been here since the 1940s. It is a family business, run by a genial gentleman called Cris Chris. This is my go-to place when I want bring a group of good friends or family together for some yummy Greek food.

There are two options for seating. You can sit in the main dining room for the family atmosphere. It is loud and exciting and there are no pretenses. Sometimes they even have a belly dancer, and a handsome young man playing music. If you are looking for a more intimate atmosphere, try their patio, which is behind a flower-covered gate just off Pico. This is where I met my literary agent, to talk about my book proposal.

I’m originally from Egypt, so Middle Eastern food has a special place in my heart. This kind of food is light and very healthy, and I am always in the mood for more.

My absolute favorite thing to do is to have a little of this and a little of that, and mix it all together on my plate. It can get kind of messy, but it makes me happy and goes along with the feeling that you are at home when you are at Papa Cristos. Their hummus is especially seasoned, very garlicy and lemony, exactly the way it is supposed to taste. The tabouli salad is divine. If you like spinach and cheese, you like Greek food. And you wouldn’t know it, but this is actually one of the best places in Los Angeles to get bread. Their ciabatta loaf is light and airy and perfect for mopping up all the good things on your plate. And their lentil soup cannot be beat.

For desert, you must save room for the date cookies and lokum (Turkish delight). My favorite flavor is rose water, but there are many others that you can mix and match and take home by the pound. If you are especially charming, you might be able to convince the man behind the counter to only put the rose water flavor in your “mixed” selection.

In addition to the restaurant, Papa Cristos has a deli section and they cater events. In fact, they catered my granddaughter’s wedding back in 2006. The food was delicious and perfect for the occasion and Cris gave them a very good price.

This place is the real deal. Come often and bring an appetite!

*
See this review and Cutie’s other dining adventures at Yelp:
http://barbaracooper.yelp.com