‘Fat’ Keeps it Healthy

Digest Lite Bites

February 6, 2011

Story By: Dining Out Team |

Why is it that eating healthy can seem like such a chore at times? Well, there’s nothing routine about the menu at The Fat Greek, located at the corner of Waialae Avenue and St. Louis Drive in Kaimuki, which has made healthy eating not only simple, but enjoyable, too.

  • The Falafel ‘n Tuna Souvalki ($10) is made with all fresh ingredients, prepared to order every day at The Fat Greek.
  • The Fresh Fish Special ($12.95) provides diners with a healthy meal.
  • The Giant Elephant Beans ($6) is a favorite appetizer among patrons.
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Francois Provenza opened this 100-seat establishment in 2007. Together with business partner and adviser George Stephanos, Provenza has perfected the art of Mediterranean cuisine and transformed The Fat Greek into a trusted dine-in and take-out business. Recently, the pair opened the doors to another restaurant in Waikiki and already it has proven to be a favorite neighborhood eatery. In addition, Provenza’s son, Darien, runs The Fat Greek kiosk at Ala Moana Center Food Court.

Currently, the Waikiki location is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner, and each lady who dines there will receive a complimentary rose while supplies last.

“We really give diners a taste of the Mediterranean Sea,” Stephanos says. “Francois trained all the chefs here and we serve healthy food — fresh and flavored with Mediterranean spices like cumin and cayenne pepper.”

A few specialty items that have had patrons forgoing the grease and welcoming the Greek include the Falafel ‘n Tuna Souvalki ($10), the Fresh Fish Special ($12.95) and the Giant Elephant Beans ($6), to name a few.

The Falafel ‘n Tuna Souvalki consists of a four-piece falafel topped with a special Mediterranean tuna and tahini sauce, served in pita bread and complemented by fresh salad.

Also on the menu is the Fresh Fish Special, which features a tantalizing grilled salmon topped with Mediterranean salsa and served with basmati rice and salad. And as for the Giant Elephant Beans, this appetizer showcases flavorful fava beans garnished with cumin and onions and immersed in the perfect amount of zesty tomato sauce.

“Much of our support comes from our loyal customers,” Stephanos explains. “The moussaka is a Friday special and we usually sell out within two hours, and the salmon is really popular.”

Provenza and Stephanos say they are already planning to expand their business in the near future. Possible locations include Kailua and Kapolei, and perhaps the Neighbor Islands as well.

The Fat Greek

  • Where
    • Kaimuki
    • 3040 Waialae Avenue #A3
    • Honolulu, HI 96816
    • Waikiki
    • 1831 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 201
    • Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Call
    • (808) 734-0404 (Kaimuki)
    • (808) 941-3444 (Waikiki)
  • Hours
    • Open daily
    • 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Notes
    • Take-out orders and private catering packages are also available. Special Easter and Mother’s Day platters will also be available, call for more details.

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