The Parthenon Menu

Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Every night till midnight.

Price: $

Boisterous Greektown standby rates high in bang-for-buck.

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Few Chicago restaurants have delivered the goods as well and for as long as the Parthenon. Because Greek food tends to be cheap, people often don't take it seriously. But the Parthenon gives you a lot of flavor for your money. I've never had a better taramasalata (fish roe whipped with sour cream), and the tzatziki (yogurt with cucumbers and garlic) has none of yogurt's usual sourness. The Parthenon claims to have invented saganaki (flaming cheese), and it's always a kick to watch a waiter light up five or six portions at once. The meats (mostly lamb and pork) are on the fatty side, but, hey, this is essentially soul food, and the fat's where the flavor is. A favorite is the fried sweetbreads, which are crisp and light and usually available only at much fancier places. The wine list offers a variety of Greek reds and whites, but most people get the retsina, which goes down well with the rich meats and is especially good well chilled on a hot summer night. The Parthenon keeps redecorating and expanding to keep up with the times. But year in and year out, it's one of Chicago's best buys for flavor.

Steve Tomashefsky

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