I’m in love, and their name is Chicken Dijon.
Before you get too confused, let me explain. First off, Chicken Dijon is a Greek restaurant, which is random I know because when you see Dijon you think Dijon Mustard which makes me think of France. (I digress). Anyway, I haven’t felt such a love affair with a restaurant since I first sampled the French Onion Soup at Little Next Door in LA, so I was long overdue. And it was worth the wait.
Chicken Dijon is located in a strip mall in Irvine, jammed between Panda Express and Boba Tea, so it doesn’t exactly scream FABULOUS GREEK FOOD LIVES HERE. It had somewhat been on my radar since my friend swore up and down that it was the best Greek food shes had, but I had never made the effort to seek it out. Until Saturday.
It all started with the Irvine Greek Festival, or should I say lack of one. My friend and I ventured out with the hopes and dreams of gyros and feta cheese and warm pita bread, and were disappointed to discover the Greek festival had overpriced food items that didn’t even look that appetizing. The only highlight of the “festival” was this delightful bunch of dancers below.
Craving Greek food, we hightailed it out of the “festival” and made our way to Chicken Dijon. We decided to split the gyro sandwich, hummus (with warm pita), grape leaves, steamed veggies, and Falafel. All of this delicious food and our bill was still under $20. Amazing and quite unheard of in Southern California. And take note allergy suffers – everything is made fresh, so you don’t have to worry about any preservatives in your food! If you have a corn, soy, or even dairy allergy, this place is definitely for you.
The gyro sandwich was perfectly seasoned, and had just the right amount of taziki sauce, onion, lettuce and tomato. The hummus had an unexpected (but welcome) kick with the added cumin, and the grape leaves were bite size and perfectly filling. I would write more about the falafel but unfortunately it faced an early demise.
There isn’t much else I can say about this place except that it was just plain awesome. Friendly staff, great prices, and great food. There really should be more of these (and by more I mean down the street from my apartment or work). Thanks for the good eats Chicken Dijon!
Want to find a Chicken Dijon by you? Check out http://www.chickendijon.com/.
Chicken Dijon (Orange County)
15333 Culver Blvd #410
Irvine, CA 92614