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Big Fat Pita Serves the Closest Thing to NYC Street Meat I’ve Seen in L.A.


Midtown Manhattan has got practically nothing on Los Angeles.  Go through my list of faves, and there is practically nothing I could get in NYC for lunch that I can’t get here. But there is plenty here you’d be hard pressed to find there (good Thai, good Mexican and great Persian food, just to name a few).  But there is one thing I do miss from working all those years in Midtown.  Street meat. Chicken and lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce is 100% New York City. The halal food street meat plate was invented on the streets of NYC, and it doesn’t seem to have made it past the city line.

Until now?  While walking through the Westfield Mall in Culver City the other day I couldn’t help but notice somebody eating a styrofoam tray of food that looked suspiciously like street meat!  Could this be the breakthrough we’ve been looking for?  Only one way to find out…

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Papa Cristo’s Has the Greatest Add On of All Time


What is there to really say about Papa Cristo’s that hasn’t already been said?  Situated across from St. Sophia’s (home of the gigantic annual L.A. Greek Fest), it’s pretty much the consensus best Greek lunch in L.A. Squid Ink called it the best gyro in town,  Jonathan Gold (aka The Guru) has mentioned their roast chicken a number of times over the years, and Los Angeles Magazine called their lamb sandwich one of the best in the city.  Hell, even the Food Network’s Meat & Potatoes has been there!  (But mostly those other three things.)   With everything I had heard, expectations were pretty high, and yet none of that prepared me for the excitement I felt when I saw this…

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Louks to Go’s $10 Special is a $h*! Ton of Food


Man, I really love Greek food.  Don’t get me wrong… I wouldn’t turn down a tasty shawarma sandwich, and Israeli, Lebanese and Persian food have a special place in my heart.  But there is something so simple and satisfying about Greek food that probably dates back to Greek festivals my parents used to take me to when I was a kid.  Unadulterated gyro meat, cut off the spit and topped with tomato, onions and tzatziki, rolled up in a pillowy piece of pita bread.  It can’t be beat.  But that’s something you can find at any Greek restaurant- my favorite part of the festivals were the loukamades, fried doughnut holes topped with honey, nuts and cinnamon (what can I say, I’m a fat adult- I was a fat kid.)

To this day I don’t think I’ve ever really seen these things anywhere but at a festival, so when I found out that there was a Greek food truck in L.A. called Louks to Go I was pretty psyched.  Oh- and they serve gyros, and souvlaki and french fries too?  Awesome… because… uh… I wasn’t going to just eat loukamades for lunch.  That would be crazy!  I… uh… would never have done that.  Glad they serve some savory stuff too.

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