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Apr 19, 2008 09:28 AM

Help! Greek Islands closed....

I have my long awaited college graduation on May 3rd and the plan was to feast at Greek Islands afterwards. I just received word that Greek Islands is closed for, quite sadly, health code violations. Since it has been a family favorite, in spite of the touristy-ness, I am at a loss for an alternative. Any recommendations for a good Greek restaurant?

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  1. I believe they have already passed a reinspection and opened, so you should be fine for May 3rd! (of course, if you're turned off by their health code violations, that's a different story...)

    1. You can't go wrong by visiting Yanni's Greek Restaurant in Arlington Heights, IL.

      We have eaten there many times and when we do chance it at another greek place, even in Greek town, it has not lived up to the expectations that Yanni's sets.

      1. Santorini, but GI will be back open by 5/3, if it isn't already. You rarely see a restaurant closed for that type of violation take more than 2-3 days to reopen.

        And keep in mind that a restaurant that has just reopened after a health code violation is likely to be pretty darn clean.

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        1. re: gleam

          According to the City of Chicago food inspection report, Greek Islands passed the reinspection on April 3 in good standing with no violations at any level.

          You can check on status of any restaurant or other food establishment at

        2. You can find a lengthy discussion of the best Greek restaurants in Greek Town, including street addresses and website addresses for all of them, at

          1. I have never liked Greek islands food, service, etc., Now with them being closed for health code violations I know I will not give them another shot.

            Coming from a former cook a place & their staff has to really be bad to get closed down.

            I'll keep going to Pegasus in Greek Town

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            1. re: swsidejim

              A Greek friend prefers Athena. We like Santorini but intend on trying Athena soon.

              1. re: twodales

                I also enjoy Santorini. I think I like Pegasus so much because of the rooftop area for some drinks.