My First Zomato Meet At The Parthenon,Chicago

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I was writing reviews on Zomato for more than two years in Delhi/NCR and then I continued my foodie journey in Chicago suburbs too.

Last year in October, unexpectedly I got a invite from Zomato for meetup as I was topping the charts on Chicago’s foodie leader-board. At first I was astonished as attending Zomato meet in Chicago was beyond my imagination.

As I reached the event at The Parthenon, both my excitement and nervousness were at the top, but within couple of minutes it was just we foodies and bloggers sharing our thoughts and experiences. I was filled with wonder that most of them were Indian food admirer.

Why The Parthenon?

Located on S Halsted St,Chicago this place is highly acclaimed for authentic Greek food. In 1968 Parthenon introduced the exclusive dish Saganaki, a flaming cheese appetizer served on a small frying pan. Apart from this, Parthenon made Gyros popular among Chicagoans.


Let’s talk food:  As they say, In Parthenon you Dine Like Gods and yes we did, a five course meal !


We got Spanakopitas(mini spinach and feta cheese pies), Broiled Octopus, Skordalia(thick puree of potatoes with garlic) and my favorite Saganaki(flaming cheese) in appetizers. Spanakopitas were very rich & tasteful, broiled octopus was fully flavoured with herbs and lemon, on the other hand Skordalia had the strong flavour of garlic but the star of the night was Saganaki with the shout of “Opa”Check out the video here.o (5)o (6)o (4)o (7)


For soup I chose Egg and Lemon soup, as it didn’t sounded familiar among those which I have tasted. It was a classic treat, with rice and lemon essence. I am not at all a soup lover but I can go for it again. o (8)


After the heavenly appetizers and soup I was almost full and there were three course still waiting for me. The salad I opted for was Greek, full of freshness & seasonings topped with olives & feta cheese, it was sure a hit.o (9)

Main Course

From the day I attended this meet, I am a Gyro lover. Gyro is made of lamb or beef on vertical rotisserie, served as shaved meat on pita bread with Tzatziki sauce, a Greek dip made of thick or strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, salt & olive oil. It was my very first experience with Gyro and indeed it was appetizing. o (11)


No meal is complete without a dessert and we wrapped up the meet with Baklava, a layered filo pastry filled with nuts and held together with honey. The Baklava was outstanding, aromatic & fully flavored. It tasted equally well as it looks.o (12)

Overall, my first Zomato meet was overwhelming, more than what I expected out of it. Thanks to all fellow foodies and The Parthenon who made this event unforgettable.

Restaurant Review: Pita House, Lombard IL

I have always preferred other cuisines whenever it comes on Mediterranean food, but this time we decided to have a shot at this joint called Pita House in Lombard,IL.
Very comfortably located at Roosevelt Road this one was recommended by Foodie colleague from Zomato Meet.

As we entered there was no crowd as on weekdays people prefers takeout. A decent place with ample seating space and self-service.

If you are looking for a restaurant with luxury dining, great interior then please avoid this place, you will be disappointed. 


We ordered Chicken Shawarma pocket, Hummus with pita bread & falafel combo

Hummus with pita bread
Shawarma Pocket
Vegetarian Falafel Plate

Well, Hummus tasted really good while pita bread served was soft and fresh, very much authentic. 

Vegetarian Falafel Plate- Falafel was really delicious with strong flavours, crispy served with the rice, lettuce and tomatoes. The combo also includes pita bread & sauces, sufficient for 2 people. Chicken Shawarma Pocket was average in taste with lost flavors on the way to our table. The  chicken was tasteless, the seasonings were missing..not like the one I have tasted earlier.

For drinks we opted for Turkish coffee and Baklava in desserts. Baklava is a filo pastry sweet, filled with nuts & honey. 


Turkish Coffee


The combination of soft filo and crispy nuts was savory and very light. The coffee was as usual a bitter, concentrated drink but with no flavors & sensations. It was not at all near to what I have heard.

Overall, we liked this place, its worth a try for palatable Mediterranean meal especially Entrees.

My Rating for Pita Bread





Pita House Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato