Daphnes California Greek gyro
Bill Trefethen of Daphne’s California Greek said the gyro, its best-seller, is like a Mediterranean taco.

Greek chains 'Americanize' dishes

As demand for Greek foods grows, more concepts are adding extra descriptions or renaming traditional Greek items in more familiar terms to entice an American audience.

When it comes to American culinary trends, Greek food has a lot going for it. It’s straightforward, nutritious and made with ingredients like chicken, tomatoes, olive oil and garlic — foods with which the average consumer is already familiar.

Add to that the fact that Greece is on the Mediterranean Sea — and therefore its food has the health halo ascribed to all the cuisines of that region — and top that with the exploding popularity of Greek yogurt, and

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