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A Former Upscale Greek Chef Goes Delightfully Casual in Venice

ELA Greek Eats is a scaled-down operation that’s still big on flavor

A fully cooked steak gyro wrapped inside a pita and served on a plate.
Steak gyro from ELA Greek Eats
Kylie Mazon-Chambers
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Greek food lovers have one more reason to celebrate, as a casual new restaurant pertaining to their interests has just sprung up in Venice. The place is called ELA Greek Eats, and it opened just last week at the busy corner of Lincoln and Rose.

ELA Greek Eats comes to Venice by way of one very particular name: Carolos Tomazos. He’s best known for the 2016 Santa Monica restaurant Inotheke, which also trafficked in Greek fare. Prior to that, Tomazos partnered with Brendan Collins (now at Fia) at the acclaimed Waterloo & City.

Here, Tomazos will continue with a few of his previous traditions, including serving a proper lamb shank and some necessarily flaky spanakopita. There are also basics like gyro sandwiches, vegan salads, dips and other mezze, and dessert. The opening menu is below.

As for the space, expect a pared down, bright fast casual space with a deli case up front filled with salads and other takeaway items. There are a few well-positioned marble tables hanging under artwork, but otherwise this is a grab and go spot for busy Westsiders who can’t get enough Greek food (or Tomazos’ food, or both).

ELA Greek Eats is now open in Venice, keeping hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

ELA Greek Eats. 307 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.

A lamb shank, fully cooked, sits in a wide white bowl with blue trim.
Lamb shank
Kylie Mazon-Chambers
A blue and white fast casual restaurant with deli counter and mounted menu.
Kylie Mazon-Chambers