From the archives: our review of the superb Petros in Manhattan Beach CA

This post originally appeared in December 2010.

This week, the Boutari Social Media Project blogmaster finally made it to Petros in Manhattan Beach, California, where owner Petros Benekos has crafted an irresistible pairing of “Hellenic and California cuisines.”

His fresh fruit salads, like the cantaloupe salad above, are sourced from his own garden at his ranch in Los Olivos, California. When in season, you’ll find figs and peaches (from what my server told me, it would be worth the trip back for either!). The ingredients were fresh and delicious but the thing that took it over the top was the drizzling of Greek honey, sourced especially by Petros for his restaurants (he has one in Los Olivos now, too).

According to my server, the bees responsible for this ambrosia feed on lavender flowers. “I could drink that stuff,” she exhorted, rolling her eyes in feigned delight. Waiter, waiter: I’ll have what she’s having!

I loved the Horiatiki flatbread with avocado to give it classic California touch…

You can imagine how much gyro I’ve eaten this year! While I’m still going to award my “best gyro of the year” to the Houston Greek Festival (where the Greek mama’s touch and love just gave it that extra special something), I can’t conceal that I INHALED Petros’ excellent interpretation of this classic Hellenic-American favorite. I don’t know how he does it, but it was light and devoid of the greasiness that weighs down so much of the gyro served in this country. Fast food can be so good when it’s prepared with some thought and care. I loved it.

I regret that I didn’t order it but the nice ladies sitting next to me allowed me to photograph their lamb tacos with sweet potato fries. How fun is that?

It’s not too much of a stretch to picture Tracie P and me sipping some Moschfilero by the sea in the very near future. ;-)

—Jeremy Parzen (blogmaster)

Petros
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd #b110
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-4100

Highly recommended…

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