The biggest upside to nice restaurants, in my humble opinion, is not so much a great wine list, delicious food or a serving staff with vast knowledge, but rather the complementary bread rolls. I just can't get enough of them. At Golden Olympic, you get the best of both worlds: affordable meals and delicious free bread. After the breadbasket runs out, you can move on to a long menu with a distinctly Greek flavor. Traditional plates like spanakopita (spinach pie with Greek potato and sliced tomato), dolmades (grapevine leaves wrapped tightly around white rice, served with or without ground beef) and moussaka (ground beef, eggplant and zucchini dressed in a cream sauce) will fool you into thinking you're in the Old Country. And of course, like any Greek restaurant worth a pita, Golden Olympic has gyros as well.
The Golden Olympic kicks off with a breakfast and lunch daily replete with less-traditional options. Omelets and skillets are the highlights of the morning hours, while a long list of sandwiches await anyone taking a long business lunch from Evanston's nearby downtown area. And, as I said, the food won't put a dent in the expense report. For dinner, most plates are from $8-$12, while the lunch and breakfast options are about three quarters of that amount.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Patrick Corcoran