I have always been a fan of Greek food, or at least what I thought was Greek food. Spanikopita, Greek salad and gryos were what I was familiar with until I travelled to Greece for the first time this past summer. In Greece, I was introduced to "real" Greek food - vegetable-driven, fresh seafood and local cheeses...lots of cheese, fried with honey. The "real" Greek food is light and healthy and full of flavor.
Sadly we do not get a lot of "real" Greek food in America. There are only a few restaurants in Northern Calfornia (Dio Deka) and New York (Estiatorio Milos and others) showcasing the beautiful flavors of Greek food but at a higher price point. Now Los Angeles has a "real" Greek restaurant, offering the fresh flavors with affordable prices. Welcome to LA, Inotheke!
Inotheke, which means "wine case" in Greek, is located on Broadway and 6th in Santa Monica. Owner Carolos Tomazos is recognized by many in Los Angeles as the front-of-house personality at the popular former Waterloo & City. With Inotheke, Tomazos, who grew up on the island of Cyprus, is bringing a fresh modern perspective to Greek food.
While Vegas is known for gambling and all-night partying, it has also become a food mecca. A weekend in Vegas can be spent eating your way through the Strip at a number of top restaurants from around the country, while burning a massive whole in your wallet.
However, one of North America's best Greek restaurants, Estiatorio Milos, located on the quiet third floor of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, offers a pre-fixe lunch menu and a deal that can't be beat! For $20.12, you get a 3 course menu featuring the fresh seafood and simple, delicate flavors from the main menu but for a price that won't break your budget.