I've been eating Greek food all my life, all over the world (including Greece). So I know my way around Menus & preparation (good and bad) of most things Greek.
So, I was mildly amused when my wife suggested we have lunch at Platia - She had eaten there a month before with my daughter - she guaranteed me, the food was GENUINE Chicago style Ala Greek Town Chicago.
Well I grudgingly went along and grumbled at all the pretty good paces we were driving right by to go 10 miles out of our way for what I was sure would be passable if not barely edible Greek fare I had become accustomed to in the Republk of Tejas!
S U R P R I S E !
We were greeted at the door and led to out table by a guy slightly older than me with a slight accent that I recognized immediately as Greek. The menu was complete with all the things I love to eat but we only came for lunch so we settled on the Octopus (lightly charred on a plate with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar with wedges of pita for dipping! It was prepared perfectly and was VERY light textured, obviously young and prepared by knowing, experienced loving hands. Diana's would've been proud to serve this and call it their own except this was BETTER than Diana's or even the Greek Isles restaurant in Greek town.
Even though the menu was ample, we both settled on Gryos sanwiches. I was hoping my wife would've ordered the Lamb Souvlaki so I could've sampled that but she selfishly decided she wanted the Gyros as well.
It was WONDERFUL! Not dry at all like some places serve. Very soft, seasoned perfectly and right amount of tzaziki on nice firm yet spongy pita!
The only think missing was a bottle of Roditis to wash everything down with. Next time I will come prepared for a feast.
We spoke with George the owner on the way out. Turns out he & I lived in the SAME neighborhoods in Chicago over many years. Wow, it is a small world.
Come and bring a group with you and PARTY! A place like this is to be cherished and enjoyed with friends over a leisurely Greek dinner!
Don't forget your wine!
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