With a strong Greek diaspora population residing in Chicago, it is almost natural for the most populous city of the US to have a wide range of restaurants and tavernas offering delightful journeys through the tastes of the Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.
Traditional flavors and products from the homeland including tzatziki, gyros, kalamari, fresh fish, roast lamb and loukoumades are some of the most preferred and appreciated dishes. So if you’re looking for a dinner out in town that will bring back memories of Greece or simply enjoy the original tastes of the country’s cuisine, here follow some of the most praised places to please the palate and stomach.
Daily from 11 am to midnight, the Greek Islands Restaurant is a place full of flavors from the European, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Seafood dishes have been praised as very fresh and tasteful, while the restaurant’s specialties include lamb with tomato sauce, moussaka, dolmades, skordalia and grilled octopus. The friendly and quick waiters as well as the well kept environment add a sense of hospitality and comfort. (200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661).
Open Sun-Thu from 11am to 10pm and Fri-Sat from 11am till midnight, Santorini is a cozy restaurant with a fireplace, which makes it perfect especially during the winter months. The seafood is perfectly cooked according to one’s taste, while traditional and modern tastes are all combined in a very elegant way. When the temperatures climb higher, enjoy your meal outside at the restaurants available tables (138 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661).
The place where you can find all traditional Greek recipes in reasonable prices, has been open since 1973. Keeping true to the plain Greek cuisine and with very accommodating staff, the restaurant on 222 S Halsted St. is a wonderful meeting point for groups of friends and families alike. Homemade sausages, roast lamb, squids and tzatziki must be tasted. The music in the background adds to the overall feeling of coziness.
Open daily from 11 am to midnight, Athena restaurant is the perfect choice for summer time with its patio, trees, flowers and waterfall decoration creating a lovely atmosphere. Eggplant dishes, seafood, dolmades and braised lamb are excellent choices to go with. The prices are moderate and the menu selection includes vegans too. (212 S Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60661).
This restaurant is set 16km out of Chicago and is quiet and enjoyable especially in the summer when you can enjoy your meal outdoors. The waitstaff is particularly helpful and quick. Contemporary dishes are prepared with regards to traditional values and flavors of the Greek cuisine, while the long wine list will leave everyone satisfied. Interestingly developed cooking ideas make the Avli one of the top rated restaurants of North Shore (566 Chestnut, Winnetka,). Do not miss out the baklava dessert.