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Carnitas ala grecque

dickson d | Aug 20, 200306:58 AM

Sometimes it is so very true that one visit to a restaurant does not do it justice, or even two. Sometime ago, Mugs (I believe it was, but do not hold my faulty memory against me) made a posting where he mentioned that a greek restaurateur in the southern suburbs, when asked where he went to eat Greek food, mentioned Mythos in Naperville, and asked if anyone had tried it. I replied I had and in 2 visits found it a bit bland, too heavy on the cheese, and over-priced. It had inspired me to revisit Greek Islands in Lombard for some good Greek food, much to my delight.

Strangely, when we were discussing Mythos in my most recent visit to GI, the waiter joined the conversation and said he loved their Gyros, which are prepared the authentic way, real meat, not ground Kronos (or eq.) product.

Okay, if all the restaurant people keep recommending this place, I must be missing something, so back I went last week. (Slow, but deadly am I). And this time I sure knew what to order - gyros - which I normally would never order in a sitdown joint.

Delightful. Crisp bits of meat, very similar in preparation to well prepared carnitas, though different meat and marinade. On a bed of onions, surrounded by triangles of pita with good garlic sauce. And at $6.45 a good bargain for a plateful of meat. Good enough to be worth a trip to N'ville. And to complete the theme, the party at the next table included the former owner of the Washington Square Restaurant, proving again that this place is a destination for restaurant people.

The only concern is that this building is a place where restaurants die quickly and often, and it has not been very busy. So go, enjoy and keep it in business. Definitely need a car to get there, though.

817 E. Ogden Ave.


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