From Our Editors
While growing up in suburban Detroit, owner Kelly Markus seemed to eat authentic Greek food nearly every day. He says there was always something simmering in his yia yia's (grandma's) kitchen, and on Sundays, he would hop in the car with his family and drive to the city's Greektown to dine in its many restaurants.
When Kelly moved to Pasadena in 2002 to work in the restaurant industry and to act like seeing celebrities out running errands was totally not a big deal, he noticed a dearth of authentic Greek restaurants. So he decided to open up a fast-casual Greek eatery, Oregano Fresh Greek, to introduce the area to his beloved dishes.
The cooks at Oregano whip up classic Greek food using farm-fresh produce, high-quality olive oil, imported kalamata olives, slow-cooked and grilled meat, and, of course, oregano. (It's a key ingredient in Greek dishes so beloved that part of the word means joy in Greek.) They dress the cuisine in housemade sauces and quickly send it out to awaiting diners, who round out meals with Greek pastries and coffee.