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Freedman’s, the popular Jewish comfort food spot in Silver Lake, recently announced they’d finally be reopening - but with a twist. Instead of reubens and latkes, the summer menu is all Greek food and there’s a new white and blue-painted front patio adorned with wood floors and a lot of fake leaves. Say hello to Greekman’s, one of this summer’s most exciting restaurant pivots. The menu is filled with solid dishes like crispy zucchini chips, smoked cauliflower and labne, and correctly advertised “very lemony” potatoes. If you’re with a group, we like the “souvlaki party,” which comes with five different skewers, buttery pita bread, hummus, and tzatziki all for only $38. Our favorite aspect of Greekman’s, however, is simply how much of a party it is. You’ll spot groups of friends drinking white Negronis like it’s a competition and dates ordering another bottle of orange wine simply because they’re not ready to leave yet. It’s worth noting that, outside of maybe Gigi’s, this is one of the hardest tables to get in town right now.
Much like Meryl Streep in a certain 2008 movie-musical, Freedman’s has undergone a total Greek transformation. Over the summer, the former Jewish comfort spot has pivoted to Greekman’s, now offering a Mediterranean menu out of their space in Silver Lake. Expect charcoal-grilled chicken souvlaki, mezze plates, and bottles of natural Greek wine served on their outdoor-only patio, with an indoor bar available on the weekends.