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June 13, 2007



by gastronomicbypass

Location – 212 S. Halsted (Adams and Halsted)

In one word – Patio

Food – Let me just say that in the hierarchy of Greek restaurants on the Halsted strip, Athena is not at the top. However, that being said, you wouldn’t be wrong to eat here. I’m just saying that you could get a better meal at Pegasus. We ordered the cold appetizer combo plate – Tzatziki (the cucumber yogurt dip), Taramosalata (fish roe dip, actually my favorite in the mix), Tirokafteri (spicy feta spread), Melitzanosalata (eggplant and garlic dip, too garlicky for me), Dolmadakia (it’s the grape leaves thing that no one at my table wanted), olives, feta and Kefalotiri cheese. You know it was good, but nothing I need again in the next month. We got the saganaki (flaming fried cheese) as well to start. Then I shared the vegetable mousaka (think Greek lasagna). I was satisfied and didn’t feel sick after the meal (that’s saying a lot). Those at my table who ordered the Greek salad were less than pleased.

Drink – So we had the same wine that I had at Pegasus, the white wine from Macedonia. Get this though, at Athena, the bottles are $6 more than at Pegasus!

Service – This was the place’s real downfall. We asked to sub out an item in our combo platter. It was like we were asking for him to give us his newborn baby. There was no budging until we convinced him it was his idea to swap out something on the platter.

Occasion – Come to Athena to sit on its outdoor patio. You have shade and a beautiful view of the city. They also seemed large group friendly.

Dress – Like the rest of Greektown, some like to dress up and some come in their regular denim garb. I don’t think that you will really make a mistake unless you show up in your hot pants and tube top.

Cost – We spent $24 each (party of 6) for our meal. For two bottles of wine, appetizers and entrees, that’s decent.

If you like, try…Pegasus, Quartino, Parthenon

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ned
    Jun 17 2007

    You’re right on–great for the view, but the Greek food is better elsewhere. I’d personally give a little more love to the Parthenon. The calamari stuffed with feta and spinach is hands down the best Greek dish in the city.

  2. marah
    Sep 17 2007

    you need to get the lamb shanks and the golubakia at athena. a better dessert i do not know.


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