You will swear on your mother's grave that you will never eat another bite again as you come rolling out of Greektown's most famous restaurant. Since ... More
You will swear on your mother's grave that you will never eat another bite again as you come rolling out of Greektown's most famous restaurant. 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.
This restaurant is very authentic and the atmosphere is wonderful. We went on a Saturday night, but did not have to wait even though it was quite crowded. This is not the place for an intimate dinner (unless there's a hidden back room we didn't see), but is great for large families and groups.
We had the saganaki (flaming cheese) as did almost every other table and it was delicious. We are not Greek, but my daughter works at a Greek restaurant in our hometown and ordered an assortment of appetizers and side dishes so we could sample several different things. We especially like the pan-friend zucchini keftedes and the chicken mini shish kabobs.
The waiter seemed distracted and did not check back after we received our food to see if everything was okay (another person brought the food out). We wondered if he did not think us worth his time as we just ordered appetizers, but we ordered 5 of them which equalled the cost of 2 entrees, but we also didn't have any alcohol drinks. Of course, if a waiter is a professional, it should not matter the total of the customer's bill.
Still, we would recommend The Parthenon because of the great food, atmosphere and good prices.
We drive two hours on a regular basis to have dinner there. It is a wonderful experience - not just a place to eat. Everyone makes you feel at home and the food is fabulous. We love the scallops, the lamb, the flaming cheese and the roditys!!! It's a regular stop.
The food quantity and quality can't be beat. The combination plate is great for first timers wanting to try a little bit of several purely Greek specialties.
The Chicken Spanaki (stuffed chicken breast with feta cheese and spinach) is a must.