There is only one kind of kind of cuisine that I love as much as Asian and that is Greek. Pungent smells and the sight of saganaki on fire always brings a smile to my face. Well I found a great place downtown and you don’t even have to go to Greektown. GRK Kitchen has a tradition that started with the longtime restaurant HUBS. The food is fresh and it came with a great story of how the siblings gave up lucrative careers to run the restaurants. I laughed when I was told that HUBS was where a famous SNL skit came from. (Wow twice in one city.)
I never turn down great Greek food and this was no exception. The handheld sandwiches have to be one of the features of this downtown bistro. The restaurant itself reminded me of the many places that I ate at when I was attending college. It had a cafeteria feel but then again this was at the heart of the Loop and people want it fast here. But you probably can’t get fresher or healthier than here. They stuff a ton of meat or veggies in each handheld. Along with the meat , you can get toppings for your sandwich. Vegetables and feta cheese are joined with such Greek favorites as hummus and baba ghanous . With these ingredients , you can enjoy a great sandwich. If you want something a little more filling , they also have plates with salad and my favorite the orzo salad. Made with the same love that a yaya would use on her cooking, it is a refreshing summer side with the various kabobs.The vegetables mix together very nicely with the spices to make a yummy side. The hummus is also fresh, no ready made and the chips are made from the pita bread. Finish your meal with something sweet , the homemade rice pudding hits the spot.
Greek Kitchen has a few convenient locations , one of them is inside of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The loop is home to three more Greek Kitchens and the one on Wells and Van Buren also has a roof top bar with original cocktail. For great food and plenty of it , visit one soon.
HUBS Restaurant was where the phrase “You like a dah juice ah?” originated for SNL. The same homestyle goodness from HUBS is still alive in all of the Greek Kitchens
Covered with feta and spices , Greek fries are great with one of the handhelds
Filling and so healthy, you are going to love one of Greek Kitchen’s plates. This one has chicken kabobs with that delicious orzo salad