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Copper pots and flower arrangements adorn the white stucco walls of this upscale Greek restaurant, only five minutes by cab from downtown Chicago. In the winter months, a large stone fireplace blazes away. Along with the usual array of appetizers, seafood is the specialty of the house, especially the sea bass and trout, which are filleted table-side. Enjoy the great barbecued lamb special on Sunday. Big parties can order off of a special menu. A nice selection of wine is also available.
This colorful taverna in Greektown is well worth the short trek from downtown. The menu mixes standard Greek fare, including a flaming Saganaki cheese appetizer and traditional lamb and chicken dishes, with more interesting offerings like pan-fried squid. The seafood selection is extensive and ranges from sea bass and salmon to scallops and swordfish. Family style dining is also an option. In addition, the wine list is reasonable. In the warmer months, a rooftop garden with a splendid view of the Chicago skyline is open for drinks and appetizers.
Since 1968, The Parthenon has been a prime contributor to heart disease in Chicago, and what a way to go. The 140-item menu is awe-inspiring. Try the flaming Saganaki, Spinach-Cheese Pies, Chicken Riganati, Broiled Octopus, Beef Kapama, Vegetarian Moussaka, you get the idea. And hey—it is not just for lunch or dinner. You can gorge yourself as late as 2am and wake up feeling guilty in the morning.
GRK Greek Kitchen is the place to go in Loop when you desire a budget eatery that is different from usual American diners. The Greek fast food and lunch options served here attract students, families and senior citizens alike. The menu also features a few dishes from other Mediterranean countries like Turkey and Lebanon. Spanikopita (spinach pie), Baba Ghanoush served with house-baked pita chips, Greek Egg-Lemon Soup and Dolmades, a Middle Eastern stuffed vegetable item, are some of the options on their menu. This restaurant also offers quick delivery and takeaway, much to the convenience of busy professionals, and good catering service for parties.
You probably will not find any actual artists in Artists' Cafe, as the Café is named for the Fine Arts Building, where the restaurant resides. Artists' Cafe serves reliable diner fare, such as burgers, omelets and roast chicken. The prices are a little high for a diner, but it is a better bet than the chain restaurants found nearby. The patio is a nice place to sit in the summer. Grab a bite and go play in Grant Park, just a couple of blocks away.
Located in the neighborhood of Wicker Park, Taxim features authentic Greek cuisine paired with an exquisite selection of Greek wines. The beautiful dining area is decorated in Byzantine-style with vaulted ceilings, modern marble flooring, stunning archways, and bright lamps and artwork. Owner Chef David Schneider featured on the Food Network's show "Iron Chef America" in 2011. The delicious yogurt flavored with young favas and lamb confit was named as "One of the Best Bites of 2009" by the Chicago Reader, while the homemade sardines were marked as "100 Best Things We Ate (and drank) This Year" in Time Out Chicago and even the wood-grilled octopus was chosen by Chicago magazine as 2010's "Best New Dish". The laurels don't stop here for this restaurant! The restaurant was selected as "One of the Best New Restaurants" by Chicago magazine in 2010 and "One of Chicago's Best New Restaurants" by the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader in 2009.
The breezy To Hayáti is famous as one of the very first rooftop eateries of the bustling Wicker Park. Perched on the sprawling terrace of Greek restaurant Taxim, the cheery open-air space serves up an exciting menu of hearty and scrumptious small plates. To complement its toothsome offerings, To Hayáti proffers an exotic selection of classic libations and some of the finest Greek spirits.
This American and Greek diner shares a problem with many of the best, yet little known, places in the city. From the outside, it looks like a hole in the wall. Luckily, word of mouth has helped draw crowds, and they end up being satisfied with the well-organized and efficient service, not to mention the food. The Gyro Plate wins raves, as do the Polish Sausage, and Chicken Kabob Sandwich. You'll also find classic burger and fries combos, which always go well with a milkshake. There is also a menu that accommodates large groups, as well as delivery late into the evening. - Gina Rosemellia