UPDATE: EJ’s Bites closed in early 2017.
Back in June DTLAexplorer first told you that EJ’s Bites was taking over the space that was once La Gran Cucina at the corner of Olympic and Figueroa. Now, more than 6 months later, EJ’s Bites is finally having its grand opening on January 2nd. According to the restaurant’s Instagram page, “EJ’s Bites will transform the addictive tastes of traditional Mediterranean food!”
Although the official grand opening is not until tomorrow, the restaurant has been open for business for the past few days. We checked it out for dinner. First off, the interior is bright and clean. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The menu is a bit limited with just Pita Pockets and Bowls.
I ordered the Crisp-e Bowl ($7.79) made of hand-breaded chicken breast, rice, shredded lettuce, chopped cucumber, tomato, crispy garbanzo beans, chopped pickles and EJ’s special sauce. My husband ordered the Wow-e Bowl ($7.79). It contained all of the same ingredients except his chicken was marinated roasted sliced chicken. All of their bowls are served with regular or whole wheat pita bread. We also ordered a side of their Freak-e Fries ($1.79).
The food was good. We loved the chopped pickles, but the garbanzo beans were not crispy as the menu promised. The pita bread was awesome. Next time I’m ordering a pita pocket, instead of a bowl. I hope they add hummus to the menu as a side option to pair with the delicious pita bread.
If you are near Olympic and Figueroa, you need to check out EJ’s Bites. It’s a much healthier and less expensive alternative to the options at L.A. Live.
EJ’s Bites 949 So. Figueroa Street (just north of Olympic) 310.441.2483 ejsbites.com