Mediterranean food is as varied as the cultures represented on the sea border. The cuisine is characterized by it’s flexibility, range of ingredients and regional variations. As diverse is the eats are our picks for Top 5, but hey, variety is the spice of life, right?
1 The Bristol
Chosen one of the ten best new restaurants in America by GQ, The Bristol offers a locally-sourced and seasonal menu with Mediterranean roots. The rotating chalkboard menu featuring nose-to-tail cooking, charcuterie and 5th Quarter offerings focusing on sustainable foodstuffs.
2152 N. Damen. 773.862.5555. www.thebristolchicago.com
Naha offers a seasonal American menu with influences of the Mediterranean, a combination of Chef Carrie’s Armenian roots and a California lifestyle as executive chef for the Four Season's Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills.
500 N. Clark St. 312.321.6242. http://www.naha-chicago.com
This Moroccan and Mediterranean fusion BYO in the West Loop is on the up and up. Go with a group of friends for family-style servings and a little belly dancing.
941 W. Randolph.312.243.1818. marrakeshchicago.com/
4 Greek Islands Restaurant
One of the oldest staples in Greektown, some classics never go out of style. In traditional Greek Restaurants, rather than looking at a menu, customers would go to the kitchen to see what food was being prepared, Greek Islands continues this tradition with it's open kitchen and fresh seafood display.
200 S. Halsted St. 312.782.9855. www.greekislands.net
On Santorini with its turquoise blue seas and black sandy beaches, the people have been forever dependent upon locally grown produce, fish and seafood to satisfy their palates. These delicacies were adopted at the restaurant with a menu of over 20 seafood options flown in fresh daily with the Whole Red Snapper and Whole Black Sea Bass filleted tableside.
800 W. Adams St. 312.829.8820. http://www.santorinichicago.com/