Petros Kafe

  MOUSSAKA —  a classic Hellenic dish layered with eggplant, ground beef, and be'chamel sauce. 

MOUSSAKA — a classic Hellenic dish layered with eggplant, ground beef, and be'chamel sauce. 

131 W Grand Ave
El Segundo, CA | MAP

WHAT TO EAT: Lamb dishes and the eggplant dip is delish
EATER TIP: Check out the daily specials on their chalk board 

About a mile in from the ocean coast of El Segundo is Petros Kafe serving Greek cuisine with a side of California chill. Upon entrance you are greeted with clean & simple decor, the soft breeze and sunlight floating in through the open front facade. On this night, and seemingly any other night, the ambiance is tranquil as it's easy to spot people relaxing with their wine glasses at the bar and tables nearby.

Oh yes, and there is the food...which isn't as simple as everything else. Their menu is leeengthy: salads, soups, bowls and dips, to eat all this would take 10 trips! Pizzas, 'wiches, burgers too, souvlaki, gyro, tzatziki who?! In total I counted 55 options (not including the daily specials and kids menu) which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it might take you more than a few minutes to make a decision.

On my visit I chose to order something I had never tried before, let alone something I had never even heard of: moussaka. A traditional dish well known in the Middle East, moussaka resembles the likes of a lasagna or a shepherd's pie. It's a thickly layered mound of hot goodness, a textural joy with a crispy top and a soft, creamy body. Spoonful by spoonful, I devoured this baby with mixed feelings — happy to taste, but sad to see it disappearing. Before I knew it, my lips were wiped clean and beneath me the moussaka was gone. It was a satisfying farewell.