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Guide - Restaurants - Mediterranean

Andies

5253 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 773-784-8616

Description: UPTOWN. Outstanding Med and Lebanese food consistently comes from this Andersonville kitchen. The large menu includes a mix of meat and vegetarian options (vegan options too). Roast lamb with couscous, Moroccan chicken with apricots, and Mediterranean eggplant are just a few of the goodies that await. The dining room's fireplace, high ceilings and large windows put diners at ease and provide a welcoming ambiance.
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Artopolis Bakery & Cafe

306 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661 312-559-9000

Description: GREEKTOWN. Artopolis prides itself on producing fresh-baked goods in its own kitchen. The place's name comes from a combination of the words "artos" and "polis" (bread and town, respectively), and the menu features a variety of breads, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and classic Greek dishes. The dessert menu includes specialty coffees and organic teas. A selection of Greek beers and wines is also available.
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Athena

212 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661 312-655-0000

Description: GREEKTOWN. An excellent summer patio sets this Greek restaurant apart from the rest. The outdoor space is a three-tiered affair that features brick walkways, 30-foot trees, colorful flowers, and a waterfall. The menu features classic Greek dishes, including braised lamb, dolmades, and moussaka. Warm pita bread, seafood kabobs, and eggplant dishes are solid choices as well.
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Avec

615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 312-377-2002

Description: WEST LOOP. Clean lines, a 48-foot stainless steel bar, and an abundance of blond-wood communal tables make Avec an open, inviting space. Choose from over 120 varieties of wine, all served carafina-style ­ the price of a glass fetches approximately one-third of a bottle. A tantalizing selection of small plates can be ordered for sharing, including pan-seared prawns with garlic, leeks, and red chilies. Large plates are rich with flavor and texture and include wood-fired pizza with sardines and arugula or housemade tagliatelle with asparagus, artichokes, and fresh ricotta. Reservations are not accepted, so come early to avoid the inevitable crowd.
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Cross-Rhodes

913 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202 847-475-4475

Description: EVANSTON. Great Greek eats on the cheap define this notable establishment; for a song, you can have pork tenderloin shish kabobs and beef and lamb gyros. Try moussaka with chicken or vegetarian-style. It's loaded with potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and cheese and topped with an egg custard. Greek salads are fresh and tasty, studded with plump olives and feta cheese.
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Efes Cafe

2833 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657 773-880-0063

Description: LINCOLN PARK. This restaurant features a very large menu (over 70 options) of Mediterranean cuisine with traditional Turkish influences. This eatery is comfortable with friendly waitstaff. Start off with a feta cheese appetizer and then head for the succulent lamb chops. Great vegetarian selections available as well. Table or floor seating (on pillows) available. Turkish wine and beers available.
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Greek Islands

200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661 312-782-9855

Description: GREEKTOWN. Greek Islands separates itself from the pack with festive atmosphere and a professional waitstaff. Indeed, the flavorful restaurant has managed to garner a fair amount of local praise and delicious dolmades, moussaka, and lamb kokkinisto make it easy to see why. If seafood is more your style, fresh lavraki is flown in daily, and broiled octopus is ideal for adventurous palates.
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Naha

500 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 312-321-6242

Description: RIVER NORTH. The entree list reads like it's pulled directly from a who's who of award-winning dishes, including wild halibut with mushrooms and squash, herb-roasted wild striped bass, glazed Scottish salmon served atop French lentils, and filet of beef tenderloin served with foie gras and mushrooms. The list goes on and on, but it does change seasonally so that each visit brings new surprises. A large wine list features wines from across the world with a limited number available by the glass.
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Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna

130 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661 312-226-3377

Description: GREEKTOWN. This casual eatery offers a mix of traditional Greek and Mediterranean eats. The dining room features many large windows, and the rooftop area draws rave reviews. Boasting over 150 seats and a full bar, the outdoor venue is perfect for warm summer evenings and offers great views of the city's skyline. Standout entrees include jumbo Gulf shrimp kebobs with vegetables and rice pilaf, and seared sea scallops with fresh spinach and rice. The large, well-selected wine list features Mediterranean and American varieties.
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Roditys

222 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661 312-454-0800

Description: GREEKTOWN. Since 1973, this local standout has prepared traditional Greek dishes. Great fare includes braised lamb, homemade Greek sausages, fried squid, roast lamb loin, dolmades, and orange roughy. The restaurant's casual ambiance features Greek music playing in the background and quaint knickknacks adorning the blue and coral-hued interior.
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Santorini

800 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60607 312-829-8820

Description: GREEKTOWN. Santorini prepares fresh seafood to order, and while red snapper has everyone talking, black bass and shrimp are also delicious. Typical Greek favorites like vegetable moussaka and saganaki (slabs of flaming cheese) also make appearances. The cozy interior boasts a wood-burning fireplace that sets an especially accommodating mood during cooler months. Outdoor dining and complimentary valet parking are available.
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Sayat Nova

157 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611 312-644-9159

Description: RIVER NORTH. Armenian eats that can't be beat keep locals lining up at this East Ohio Street gem. The prices are just as good as the food and make for a great value, especially for midday diners. Kebabs, chops, baba ganouj, and hummus are just a few of the house specialties that await guests. Twice a month, DJs spin tunes, turning the unassuming eatery into a popular nightspot. A full bar serves bottled beer and wine.
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Tapas Gitana Northfield

310 S Happ Rd, Northfield, IL 60093 847-784-9300

Description: NORTHFIELD. Brightly-decorated tiles and vivid murals set the scene at this romantic tapas spot in the suburbs. Whether you bring a special someone or a group of buddies, Tapas Gitana's selection of hot and cold small plates, paellas, soups, and salads offers something for everybody. Whet your appetite with marinated olives, and then dig in to warm crepes filled with goat cheese, pine nuts, and spinach, or maybe into grilled tiger shrimp with lemon-garlic butter. For an unusual dessert, try banana mousse with white chocolate shavings.
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Wave

644 N Lake Shore Dr, W Hotel Chicago - Lakeshore, Chicago, IL 60611 312-255-4460

Description: STREETERVILLE. This see-and-be-seen hotspot draws a mix of folks to its modern dining room, which serves contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with a seafood focus. The house specialty should be ordered upon arrival ­ spice and molasses-glazed shrimp with candied orange, mulled red wine syrup, and cardamom. Notable entrees include poached monkfish, pan-roasted walleye, and pan-roasted American sturgeon. The interior features strong lines and curves, leather chairs and glass walls, a large projection screen, and a color scheme of red, black, and neutrals.
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