When the Mediterranean meets the Pacific, you get The Fat Greek. Contrary to its name, the local eatery offers a blend of fresh vegetables, seafoods and meats so healthy it should almost be called something on the opposite end of the weight spectrum.

Most entrees, like the gyro, come with a healthy side of salad.

But calling it The Skinny Greek just wouldn’t do it justice. After all, the rich, savory flavors offered on this restaurant’s menu closely mirror what have sustained our kind for centuries. And by the looks of the spread on our table the other night, my friends and I could easily attest to that statement. From lamb and beef gyros to chicken slovakia, the line-up looked pretty meaty but balanced out nicely with fresh greens.

The prices, on the other hand, might leave your pockets feeling a bit skinnier. Entrees range from about $8 to $20. They also offer platter portions to serve up to four people, which cost about $40 to $66. A couple of us got the chicken slovakia ($12.95), but to be honest, if we were really “Fat Greeks,” then I’d still be pretty hungry after that meal. Luckily, we’re not and halfway through, surrendered to gluttony (and a tighter waistline).

Don’t forget the tzatziki and hot sauces to go with your kabob!

We usually use the phrase, “You get what you pay for,” in a bad way; you pay a dollar for an item worth no more than a dollar. In this case, you get authentic Greek food for the price it’s truly worth.

There are three locations: Ala Moana, Waikiki and Kaimuki. I’ve only been to the Kaimuki one and keep coming back for its good food and laid-back ambiance. Located at the bottom of Dole Street and Waialae Avenue, The Fat Greek gets tucked away by foliage and flowers, creating a quaint escape from the city. Each flavorful bite takes customers beyond the city scope and into one of other-worldly standards.

A restaurant that has become a common gathering place for families and friends.

THE FAT GREEK • Kaimuki, Ala Moana & Waikiki locations • Check their site for hours and contact info: www.thefatgreek.net • Parking available; near bus route

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