It's all Greek to me! 15 finger-licking good Mediterranean restaurants in Chicago

by Carrie Bradon | Jan. 31, 2018, 11:30am |

While there are a lot of savory foods out there, Mediterranean foods may beat out all other ethnicities: Kalamata olives, hummus, falafel, gyros, feta cheese and the list goes on. 

It seems that every Greek dish is loaded with salty goodness that leaves you wanting more; and why shouldn't it? It's been proven, in fact, that salt is addictive and triggers pleasure sensors in the brain. 

Despite the saltiness of Greek food (not that we're complaining), it's a crowd-pleaser, suitable for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Greek entrees are often well-balanced, with plenty of veggies and protein, as well as a healthy serving of carbs from whole grains. 

If you're looking for a spot to fill up on your favorite Greek dishes, here are 15 Mighty independent ones in Chicago. 

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IDOF Fresh Mediterranean
1129 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 428-3990
If you're a fan of create-your-own meal restaurants, you'll love IDOF's layout.

Falafel & Grill
1317 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 292-8888
You will not be disappointed by this spot's options, which include plenty of meats, veggies and pita.

Zaatar MedGrill
2459 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-9229
You'll be sure to fall in love with the friendly staff here and the delicious items on their menu!

Zam Zam
3461 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
(872) 802-3601
Zam Zam's Middle Eastern cuisine is well-rounded and gives you the chance to sample a number of different countries' offerings.

Sultan's Market
2057 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-3072
Sultan's Market is affordable and the portions plentiful!

Shawarma Garden
1951 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-8897
If you're a fan of roasted and carved meats, the Shawarma Garden is your paradise.

Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen
1625 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 944-5800
Dawali is a lovely restaurant that has authentic Greek and Middle Eastern offerings.

Zaytune Mediterranean Grill
3129 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 254-6300
Zaytune's is affordable and fresh — the perfect combo for any meal!

Zizi's Cafe
2825 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 697-9228
Zizi's Cafe will turn any diner into a lover of Turkish and Mediterranean fare. Don't believe us? Give it a shot!

Cairo Kebab
1524 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 687-8413
Cairo Kebab brings the flavors of Egypt and the Middle East to your backyard for a great price!

Kabobi Grill
4748 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 583-1400
Kabobi Grill gives you the chance to indulge in Persian and Iranian cuisine, as well as traditional Mediterranean offerings.

Rumi Middle Eastern Grill
1534 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 666-5119
Rumi loves cooking things over an open flame, which lends the food an unbeatable flavor.

Zachi
1406 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-0000
Zachi is a well-loved local spot for a gyro, hummus or baklava.

Ema
74 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5586
Tapas and cocktails meet Greek food here, plus they have an incredible venue!

Naf Naf Grill
326 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 263-0019
Whether you already are in love with Greek food or new to its savory goodness, Naf Naf is a perfect spot for a casual meal.



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