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Thasos Greek Island Grille Opens at Fashion Island

Thasos Greek Island Grille, a casual restaurant offering fresh artisan Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, has opened in Fashion Island’s Atrium Court. This is the second location for Thasos, which has a popular location in Costa Mesa. They have been feeding the body and soul of their guests since 1999.

The extensive menu includes many family recipes, homemade soup, freshly cut green salads, and Thasos Bundles, soft grilled pitas dressed with romaine lettuce and your choice of chicken, gyro, falafel, salmon, steak, lamb, bifteki (ground beef seasoned with fresh garlic, onions, herbs and spices) and other meat or vegetable fillings. Thasos also serves signature Mediterranean stews served over reddened white or brown rice, with choices including Falafel ‘n Mushrooms, Calamari and Shrimp, or Amazing Lamb Stew.

Thasos’ menu also features traditional Greek dishes such as Moussaka (lasagna-style layers of grilled eggplant, zucchini, potatoes and savory meat sauce), Pasticcio (large tube pasta layers with savory meat sauce, baked with bechamel and topped with fresh tomato sauce and crumbled feta), and a Mediterranean Vegan Feast (two falafel patties and four rice and herb dolmades topped with fresh tomato sauce, sauteed seasonal veggies and hummus or melitzanosalata.). Their fabulous desserts are all made in-house and include Baklava, Tiramisu and Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts.

A selection of starters includes Greek Island Fries, freshly made hummus with pita, Spanakopita (crispy filo triangles filled with spinach, herbs and cheese) and more. A children’s menu, take-out and catering are also available. Prices start at $2.75 and most meals are between $6 to $10.

“Scientists at Harvard and the University of Athens Medical School have found that a Mediterranean diet cuts the risk of cancer and heart disease by 25% or more,” said owner Michael Karfaridis. “Greeks eat lots of vegetables, beans, whole grains, olive oil, fish, and some meat. In other words, they are on the Thasos diet! My great grandfather lived to be 110, and great grandma lived to 100!”

Thasos Greek Island Grille is located in Fashion Island’s Atrium Court and can be reached at (949) 717-7600 or www.Thasos.com.

As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a wide assortment of restaurants and cafes. Visited by more than 13 million people annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California. Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s. A full-line Nordstrom will also open on April 16. For more information, please visit www.ShopFashionIsland.com.