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Chicago Restaurants

The Parthenon

  • 314 S. Halsted St. Map It
  • Greek

Updated 06/11/2013

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The claim to fame here is the saganaki, the Greek flaming-cheese dish, which the Parthenon says it invented in 1968, thereby introducing "opa!" to the American vocabulary. So, ordering the flaming cheese here is a rite of passage for any first-time visitors, and it's delicious, but the regulars return to this Greektown hot spot for lamb and chicken preparations, often skewered on sticks. In fact, the restaurant also takes credit for being the first to serve

gyros stateside. True or not, indulge the legends and stick to these classics. Be sure to ask for pita bread and a side of tzatziki, a yogurt-and-cucumber-based dipping sauce. The food is cheap and the atmosphere is festive and family-friendly.

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314 S. Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois, 60661, United States

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Updated 06/11/2013


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Jun 16, 2004

If the flaming saganaki doesn't get to you, nothing else will.

I would come to Chicago just to eat at this restaurant again. The service is very good, the food is awesome. All well-priced.

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Nov 25, 2001

More than just gyros...

The food is fantastic and much more authentic than newer Greek restaurants such as Papagus (a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant). My family & friends have never been disappointed by the Parthenon. Oooppaaa!!!

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Jul 3, 2000

Flaming Fun for Everyone...

with valet parking too! I grew up in Chicago, but never made it to "Greektown" until I met my cousin for dinner while back in town on business. She suggested The Parthenon and it was a real treat. Entertaining and attentive service, bright and charming decor, wonderful Greek food in large quantities, (oh my, I do love lamb just about any way) and easy on the pocketbook. I travel a lot between DC, NYC, LA, Houston, you name it...and have eaten in

many super restaurants. Some you'd go back to on your own with friends, some clearly are "expense account" -- but this is a place I'd take anyone.

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