Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Taste of Greece 2010

I love Greek food. To me it is one of the most enjoyable cuisines to make and it’s so easy.

Give me an overdose of saganaki, greek salad, gyros with pita, and a few glasses of roditis and I’m in high spirits and will probably not surface until the next day. Yes, eating large amounts of greek food often requires sleeping it off.

Greek food is very filling and Greeks include bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta in their diet every day with a foundation of olives (including olive oil), eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, lentils, and additional types of beans, eggs, nuts, lemons, honey, yogurt, feta cheese, fish, chicken, and lamb. I’m hungry just thinking about it!

A 10 minute walk straight west from the train station will place you right in the heart of Greektown. You can go either way and find so many great restaurants. From the Parthenon, to Pegasus, to Santorini and at least a dozen others, all are unparalleled and set apart only by their individual specialties.

Best of all, there is an energy factor in Greektown that is contagious. I’ve never had a bad meal or a terrible time. Greeks are known for their hospitality and at $20 a head, it is also really easy on the wallet.

Saturday’s Greek Fest was no exception and a real bonus day or me. After all these years of eating in Greektown, I found a new restaurant.

I went to the festival with full intention of eating at The Parthenon but they were not even close to being set up when I was hungry. I walked up and down the street, amazed by the irresistible sights and smells. I was in heaven!

The Spectrum Bar and Grill at 233 South Halsted took me in with the phenomenal pork, lamb and chicken that was slow cooking on the special grills they brought in from Cypress.

The chicken was spiced perfectly and was one of the best meals I’ve had in Greektown ever!

An Opa to the staff at Spectrum!

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Bon Appetit!