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by Matt B on February 9th, 2008

In the heart of Greektown (and on the same corner as Greek Islands), Santorini invites its customers back to the Mediterranean via a charming rustic setting. Whitewashed walls are decorated with copper pans and other minor (but authentic) touches, while traditional music plays in the background. A large fireplace adds to the intimate setting, which is surprisingly cozy given the size and high activity of the restaurant.

santorini The eatery is named after a Greek island, so it makes sense that it focuses on seafood. Non-fish eats are just as good though, including the appetizer dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with ground meat). For a little flair with your experience, order some saganaki. Fun fact: this dish was not always served flamb'. The flaming aspect of this cheesy starter actually was started here in Chicago by another Greektown restaurant. One favorite entree is the shrimp tourkolimano'oven-baked, butterflied colossus shrimp in a tomato and feta cheese sauce. The delicious black sea bass is fileted tableside (not a bone in sight!), and the Greek chicken is worth the half-hour preparation time. If you're dining with a large group (eight or more), consider the family-style meals, which offer three or four courses.

Be sure to check out Santorini's impressive wine list. While some may tell you that retsina is the authentic companion to a Greek meal, it's definitely an acquired taste. In this case, I would say, don't worry about authenticity. Drink what you like!

Santorini ($$$): 800 W Adams St; 312-829-8820
Sun ' Thurs: 11:00 a.m. ' 12 midnight
Fri ' Sat: 11:00 a.m. ' 1:00 a.m.
Free valet parking available
Public trans: Bus # 8, 126, or Blue Line train (UIC-Halsted)

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  • Skybridge
    Feb 12, 2008 at 7:03 am

    […] two blocks north of Santorini and Greek Islands, the $75-million, 39-story Skybridge is a condo building that puts all the other […]

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