Monday, October 17, 2016

Where to Eat: Late Night Gyro Fries @ Good Greek Grill

The Eats: Greek faves with a twist

The Location: Hollywood

The Vibes: Casual, super chill

Good for: Alone, dates, groups (large and small)

When-To-Go: Opens daily at 11 a.m.; Closes at 10 p.m., Sun. – Thurs. and 3 a.m., Fri. – Sat.

The $$ Factor: All entrees are under $12

The Names behind the scenes: Co-owner Dino Pantazis

The 4-1-1: Board games are available to play — just ask for them!

Parking Situation: Very limited metered street parking

I’ll Be Back…: For the Zeus Gyro Fries!

Good Greek Grill is a fast casual eatery on a mission: to bring great Greek food to the masses.

Spreading this message around the Los Angeles area, this up-and-coming restaurant initially started as a food truck in 2011 before opening its first brick-and-mortar location in Los Feliz last year.

Now, earlier this month, it’s launched a second location in Hollywood.

Situated in a strip mall on Yucca Street, it’s just a stone’s throw away from iconic L.A. buildings like the W Hollywood Hotel and the Capitol Records Tower, and from scores of nightclubs and bars.

And after receiving an invite to “have a gyro on us,” I made my way over to the Grill to check it out.

The first thing that caught my attention was the smell. You walk in, and instantly you’re hit with this intoxicating aroma of grilled meats, spices and warm pita bread. I was pleasantly surprised! The rest of the place is simplistic, modest and minimalist — grey concrete floors, white counter, steel kitchen appliances.

The ordering process is quick and painless. You pick one of five fillings — beef lamb, pork, sausage, chicken or grilled veggies — and then one of five ways that you want your filling prepared. You can get your meat/veggie fillings in a gyro, a Greek salad, a platter, a plate or as Zeus Fries. One of the Grill workers shared that the pork and beef lamb are the most popular, along with the Zeus Fries, pictured below, which I decided to try.

The verdict on the fries? They’re delicious! It’s like all of the ingredients found in a gyro got dumped onto a bed of fries. Generous portions of well-seasoned chicken, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce, onions and tomatoes are piled high onto the fries. In fact, my fries were literally drowning in so much fresh feta cheese and tangy sauce; it was so good and most importantly, the fries still managed to stay crispy.

No alcoholic beverages are served here yet, but I was told that the Grill is in the process of getting its liquor license. So, wine and beer should be on the way.

Good Greek Grill definitely is worth a visit, especially after an after-the-club kind of night out in Hollywood. Portions are generous and filling, the price point is reasonable, and the Grill stays open super late.

See you there soon!

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