Daphne’s California Greek – healthy, flavorful fast food

Daphne’s may be a chain, but the Greek-Californian dishes are good-for-you, delicious and priced to compete with home cooking.

 

Street pitas

Street pitas

LOS ALAMITOS, Ca. May, 2012— Daphne’s California Greek may be a chain of restaurants in Arizona, Nevada and, of course, California, but the dishes are good-for-you, delicious and priced to compete with home cooking.

The food can not be called authentic Greek—more a mix of Cal-Mex with Mediterranean accents—but the flavors and lower fat make it a fine alternative to fast food.

Daphne’s puts a premium on health-conscious dishes.  Calorie counts for each dish right on the menu. You never have to ask for a list.

Daphne’s is vegetarian friendly with falafel, spanakopita, dolmas.

Don’t miss the rustic Greek pizza made in wood-fired ovens. Kalamata olives, tabouli and mix of mozzarella and feta cheeses add loads of flavor.

rustic Greek pizza

rustic Greek pizza

 

The new mango shrimp salad is a mix of fresh greens tossed in a vinaigrette lit up by mango salsa made with a kick of chipotle. The spicy sweet flavors pair well with the grilled shrimp, marinated in garlic, paprika and other spices.

Another new salad is the chicken spinach apple. It’s served with candied walnuts, dried cranberries, gorgonzola cheese and gorgonzola vinaigrette. Daphne’s tasty chicken, part of several dishes, combines lemon with a hint of garlic and a combination of herbs and spices such as turmeric and parsley.  The calorie count is listed 550 –710, but with so many good-for-you ingredients, the calories are well justified. Many options have even fewer calories (see below).

The multigrain pita chips are healthy alternative to chips and just as addictive. Try them with a hummus trio, if you ask they’ll give you some of each—original, roasted red pepper and pesto—another low fat and low calorie choice at 290 to 360 calories.

 

Menu highlights

Pita chips $1.49

Hummus $1.49

Classic pita $5.99

     Gyros 660 calories

   Chicken 370 calories

   Fire-roasted vegetables 350 calories

   Falafel (patties of garbanzo beans, broccoli, zucchini and spices) 510 calories

Flatbread pizzas $5.69

   Margherita 500 calories

   BBQ chicken 450 calories

Classic Greek salads $7.99

   Chicken 330-440 calories

   Crispy shrimp 350-460 calories

3-course dinner $8.99

Starter choices

   Lemon chicken soup

   Pita chips

Entrée choices

   Chicken kabob

   Chicken kabob and crispy shrimp

   Falafel and spanakopita

Side choices (2)

   Greek salad

   Fire-roasted vegetables

   Tabouli

   Rice pilaf

Dessert choices  

   Baklava

   Caramel pecan

 

Founded in 1991, Daphne’s California Greek has 56 locations throughout California, Arizona and Nevada.



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