Dining at Greek Islands Chicago Restaurant is like a getaway to Greece, without needing a passport. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Greektown, this family-friendly restaurant is as authentic as it gets. The restaurant is beautiful with cobblestone floors throughout the various rooms, giving it the feel of a real Greek house. We love to go here for an early family dinner with the kids.
You could call us creatures of habit as we ALWAYS order the flaming Saganaki cheese (it’s literally flaming which makes the kid’s eyes light up), fried zucchini and tzatziki ( a creamy yogurt-cucumber-garlic spread) for appetizers. Make sure to order an extra side of grilled pita bread because you’ll be licking the last drop of tzatziki out of the bowl with your finger, it’s that good! The fried zucchini is so light and crisp, and we devour it in minutes. You’ve never seen kids eat vegetables so fast.
Of course, you can’t have Greek food without having an authentic Greek salad. It’s particularly good at Greek Islands.
While they do have a kid’s menu, we typically just order a bunch of entrees and share everything. Some of our favorites are the Athenian salad with a chicken shish kebob. Little and Middle love the shish kebob! The gyro plate is always a big hit because it’s served with more pita bread, and you can assemble it yourself at the table. Middle goes crazy for it every time. Other suggestions for you, include Spanakotiropita (spinach & feta in filo), mousaka and keftedes (meatballs).
Either before or after your meal, there is a great and unusual playground nearby on Peoria in between Monroe and Adams. It’s called Bartleme Park and is about a quarter of a mile away.
Here’s Middle having the time of his life.
We like to set out around 4 and hit the playground, and then head towards the restaurant. Greek Islands can get crowded, so it’s best to make a reservation, especially with kids. It’s a perfect spot when you’re looking to take your kid’s somewhere different for dinner and expose them to a new cuisine.
200 South Halsted St., Chicago, IL. 60661