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Papa Cristo's
Industry Restaurant
Founded 1948
Founder Sam Chrys
Headquarters ,
Owner Chrys Chrys

Papa Cristo's is a taverna styled Greek restaurant and market located in the Byzantine-Latino quarter across the Saint Sophia's Church Greek Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, California.


Papa Cristo's was founded in October 1948 as an importing and exporting company bringing produce from Greece. The company, which was initially called C & K Importing, was founded by Greek immigrant Sam Chrys. In 1968, Sam Chrys's son Chrys carried on the business and opened a Greek restaurant in addition to the importing business. Chrys eventually traveled across many different parts of Greece in order to attain a better understanding of Greek food and its specialties. In the 1990s, the taverna was opened. The restaurant uses ingredients and foods brought directly from Greece through the importing company. In 1990 the restaurant established a catering service which serves the Great Los Angeles area and Orange County. In 2010 Chrys Chrys' youngest daughter Annie joined the management becoming the third generation of the family to run the business.


The restaurant features a "My Big Fat Greek Family-Style Dinner" every Thursday night which includes various types of entertainment including live bouzouki performances and belly dancing. Due to its popularity, the event is usually sold-out.

The restaurant serves many different types of Greek food and desserts including:

  • Chicken and lamb Gyros
  • Souvlaki
  • Loukaniko
  • Falafel
  • Tsipoura
  • Kefta
  • Oktapodakia (Grilled Octopus)
  • Loukoumades
  • Taramosalata (Greek caviar)
  • Gigandes plaki


The market includes 3,000 imported goods from Greece such as frappé coffee, olive oil, various ouzo's spanakopita, feta and kasseri cheeses and tiropita. The market also features dozens of selections of imported Greek wine such as Retsina and Muscat from the island of Samos. The market also features many Ethiopian foods and products.

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