Avli River North
Cuisine: European, Greek
After successful eateries in Winnetka, IL and Lincoln Park, Avli River North is putting the "OPA" in River North with a Greek dining experience that's authentic yet contemporary. Nibble fruity olives... Read More
After successful eateries in Winnetka, IL and Lincoln Park, Avli River North is putting the "OPA" in River North with a Greek dining experience that's authentic yet contemporary. Nibble fruity olives and crusty Greek bread while perusing the wine list that encompasses Northern, Southern and Central Greece, and the Aegean Islands. Share mezzes, like honey and fig saganaki; pork skewers with garlic aioli; spreads from taramosalata (with house-smoked roe) to spicy feta and roasted red pepper. Don't miss the achingly tender Smyrna-style beef and lamb meatballs in tomato sauce threaded with herbs. Raved-about prawns baked in shredded filo, are bolstered by boukovo pepper mayo. Gyro sandwiches star rotisserie-cooked Berkshire pork shoulder. There are kabobs, lamb chops and moussaka, but the kitchen also coaxes greatness from the sea: the Greek lobster pasta with ouzo-tomato sauce is a stand out. Finish with Greek coffee, dessert wine and moist chocolate olive oil cake.
702 N. Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
- New and Popular Restaurants: "If partner Louie Alexakis is on the premises, ask anything about Greek food, wine and history and you'll be rewarded with an odyssey of fascinating information."
- Best for New and Popular Restaurants Because: Avli, which means "courtyard" in Greek, brings a casual, contemporary yet sophisticated Greek dining experience to River North.