There’s a new Greek spinoff in town that you’re going to love. And no, it’s not My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
Cava Grill—which recently opened with locations in Woodland Hills and Westwood—is a fast-casual spot that spun off of a more upscale Greek restaurant in Washington, D.C. It delivers the kind of chef-driven ethos and clean, high-quality sourcing you’d expect at a sit-down venture.
Cava Grill’s build-a-meal concept ($7.75 to $8.85) starts with a pita or a choice of healthy bases including brown rice, black lentils, organic arugula or “SuperGreens”—a tasty salad mix of raw kale, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and chicory. (Produce is sourced locally, primarily from farms using organic practices.)
The made-fresh-daily Mediterranean spreads and proteins—prepared with the Greek-American founders’ family recipes—really set Cava Grill apart. You have a choice of up to three spreads like citrusy organic hummus, creamy tzatziki, hot harissa and their addictive “crazy feta,” which is feta whipped with jalapeños (look for their spreads in local Whole Foods soon, too).
On top of that goes either roasted seasonal veggies or your choice of protein, including crisp vegan falafel, succulent grass-fed lamb braised with turmeric and coriander (+$2) and grilled lemon-oregano Jidori chicken (all meats are antibiotic- and hormone-free). Because they cook up the proteins continually throughout the day, you might have to wait a minute or two for a sizzling hot batch, but it’s totally worth it.
Once you get toward the end of the line, have your server add unlimited toppings like cauliflower-quinoa tabbouleh, cabbage slaw and pickled banana peppers; choose a dressing (we like the lemon-herb tahini) and you’re done!
Trust us, you’re going to want a sequel.
1073 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles
6256 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Ste. 1280, Woodland Hills