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
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
You will not be disappointed by this spot's options, which include plenty of meats, veggies and pita.
2459 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
You'll be sure to fall in love with the friendly staff here and the delicious items on their menu!
3461 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
Zam Zam's Middle Eastern cuisine is well-rounded and gives you the chance to sample a number of different countries' offerings.
2057 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Sultan's Market is affordable and the portions plentiful!
1951 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
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
Dawali is a lovely restaurant that has authentic Greek and Middle Eastern offerings.
Zaytune Mediterranean Grill
3129 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60608
Zaytune's is affordable and fresh — the perfect combo for any meal!
2825 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Zizi's Cafe will turn any diner into a lover of Turkish and Mediterranean fare. Don't believe us? Give it a shot!
1524 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Cairo Kebab brings the flavors of Egypt and the Middle East to your backyard for a great price!
4748 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
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
Rumi loves cooking things over an open flame, which lends the food an unbeatable flavor.
1406 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Zachi is a well-loved local spot for a gyro, hummus or baklava.
74 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654
Tapas and cocktails meet Greek food here, plus they have an incredible venue!
Naf Naf Grill
326 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
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.