Mythos Greek TavernaAddress: 2030 W. Montrose Avenue
Forget Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. Chef Vicky from Mythos Greek Taverna deserves to be elevated to celebrity status. ?You either devote the time or you don?t make it,? was her response as a fellow diner raved about the vegetarian special?a thinly sliced squash, tomatoes, and potatoes held together by just the right amount of cheese.
Her sister, Toni, runs the front of the house as if it were her house, making new visitors feel as welcome as the regulars (one of whom has the ?best hair in all of Chicago?). Excellent customer service is emulated throughout the operation?even down to the BYOB service (which carries an unlisted corkage fee). Our server, James, took expert care of our newly released bottles from Half Acre brewery and gave us helpful suggestions about the menu.
We started with the appetizer combo of spreads ($12): creamy tzatziki, smooth-as-silk taramosalata and garlicky skordalia. Slathering them on piping hot bread kept us satisfied while we waited for my husband?s chicken reganate ($17), which takes about 45 minutes to bake. Mythos prides itself on food that is ?made from scratch, as for you to enjoy,? according to the menu. Also noted, ?when an item has been depleted, it simply cannot be replaced.?
Beyond the simple storefront, the sisters have successfully recreated a Mediterranean oasis where we can all ?live the myth.? It?s hard to do them justice with a written review?their taverna needs to be experienced in person. I was so entranced that I became one of their fans on Facebook, and now I eagerly wait for Chef Vicky to announce her daily specials. If she starts tweeting, I may have to sign up for Twitter after all.