A couple of years ago I lived with a roomate who was Greek. Every couple of weeks she made the most scrumptious spanakopita. It was so delicious, that I would beg and plead for her leftovers (even offering to clean the entire apartment in a trade). The introduction to Greek food sent me on a quest for great Grecian food in Chicago.
My number one find was Athena, a culinary gem, located in Greek-town complete with ambiance that makes you feel like you've been transported to Athens! The inside is decorated with dark wood tiered floors. The crisp, white-walls are sprinkled with traditional trinkets and the nook fireplaces create an element of cozy. If it's nice outside, the outdoor patio is where it's at, decorated with ancient pillars, a flowing fountain and bright tropical flowers.
The menu is mouth-watering! The appetizer spread consisted of feta cheese, kalamata olives, a gyros plate, and, yes, spanakopita! I wouldn't even try and resist a sample of the chicken lemonati (one of my favorites), shrimp kebab (drizzled in lemon and almonds), and Loukaniko (sausage with rice and potatoes). For dessert, the Baklava (honey and walnuts in a filo dough) tops the charts.
If you've got the craving, Athena is the place to go!
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