Mediterranean civilizations invented many lasting concepts, developing astronomy to explain the cosmos and democracy to equally divide lamb kebabs. Split a skewer with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Greek cuisine at Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna in Greektown.
Pegasus Restaurant sends a fragrant procession of broiled meats, gourmet pastas, and a range of traditional Greek menu selections wafting through its white dining room awash in a mural of the Grecian coastline. Debut dining expeditions with a sea-faring taste of kalamarakia, a pan-fried serving of East Coast squid bundled in a light and crispy breading ($8.95). The moussaka treats taste buds to a Greek tradition more classic than Plato-shaped gummy bears with thin layers of eggplant, zucchini, and rich béchamel concealing spiced ground beef and lamb ($14.95).
The balmy heat of the broiler begets an array of steaks, pork chops, and marinated chicken ($12.95–$28.95), tender pastas act as a culinary cushion for center pieces, and four-course family dinners lavish six or more diners or two or more bib-sporting horses with a wide range of flavors ($21.95/person). The extensive dessert menu sates sweet teeth of all sizes, and complimentary valet parking keeps cars content while mouths indulge.
Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna
The Melidis-Katsoulias family from the Patras region on Greece's western coast decided to bring the Mediterranean influences of home to Chicago's Greektown, opening Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna in 1990, and later on opened sister restaurants Artopolis Bakery, Cafe & Agora and Pegasus On The Fly. Though diners can find Greek favorites such as saganaki and gyros on the Pegasus Restaurant and Taverna menu, the servers also recommend kitchen specialties such as char-grilled octopus and center-cut lamb chops. Every week, they'll fly in fresh Mediterranean sea bass ("lavraki") and sea bream ("tsipoura"). Chefs season the whole fish with sea salt, pepper, oregano, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice, before filleting and grilling tableside.
The chefs use spices imported from Greece to season their dishes and get fresh bread from their sister restaurant, the nearby Artopolis Bakery & Cafe. In the main dining room, bright-blue accents stand against breezy whites and creams, and an eye-popping mural of an island vista stands next to white-draped tables. While the main dining room offers the full menu, Pegasus also features a seasonal, open-air rooftop veranda (approximately from Memorial Day to Labor Day), where guests can enjoy al fresco dining from a selected menu of mezedes, or small plates, as they gaze at Chicago's skyline.
130 S Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60661