Best Greek food I've had in Chicago! Regional dishes from Crete, Asia Minor, Greek Islands, etc. which provides a unique dining experience. No Disneyland-style Greek here! Fried cauliflower is great!
Taxim whisks you away from the noise of Wicker Park into an aromatic trance with Middle Eastern dishes like the duck gyro with roasted duck breast, pastourmá spices, mint yogurt sauce and duck fries.
Snag a sidewalk seat here and feast on summery dishes made with ingredients picked up at the farmers' market. Don't miss baby okra with sun-dried tomatoes, and braised lentils with feta and vinegar:
Few ingredients are needed for a housemade phyllo filled with ramps and flanked by feta or a bowl of fava beans tossed with preserved lamb, but solid execution and superb seasoning yields max flavor.
Concentrate on the array of 20 mezedes, including fresh fava beans with preserved lamb and yogurt. Big entrées feature roasted whole Cretan sea bass with sautéed dandelion greens.
Share small plates of lamb-encrusted shrimp or wood-grilled octopus, or opt for main entrees such as whole Aegean sea bass and pork-stuffed cabbage.
amazing food, so tasty. The Duck Gyro was soooo good and the duck fries mmmm. The grape leaf wrapped shrimp was delicious
Bryan Moscatello, chef of The Little Nell, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Kakaviá me krókos Kozánis.
Taxim's decor sets the tone: exposed brick and white-painted walls with graceful arches; pierced metal lanterns, Byzantine-style art, copper-topped tables set close together, and red velvet cushions on the banquettes. This is not a place meant to evoke a beachfront taverna. Rather, the menu allows diners to explore the variety of regional Greek cuisine. The small plates really stand out: On our most recent visit we enjoyed fried cauliflower on a bed of whipped feta cheese made pink by adding roasted red pepper; warm artichoke, fingerling potato and carrot slices in a dressing of oil and lemon flavored with fresh dill; smoked mackerel with roasted small whole tomatoes and capers; and shrimp dolmades. We didn't love the lamb offal in a caul...it was a bit chewy...but we were glad we tried it. If you like lamb, go for the lamb chops instead. There is a pretty extensive list of Greek wines, many of which may be unfamiliar but the staff can help choose one. Along a bustling stretch of Milwaukee Ave, this place gets quite lively (some would say "loud") at peak times. Metered street parking is not too hard to find.