Chicago Fun With a Greek Touch
Everybody was “Greek” for the weekend at the 27th annual Taste of Greektown Aug 26, 27 and 28 (2016).
Once again, Halsted Street was closed between Madison and Van Buren to allow for all the fun and festivities.
Thousands of happy visitors sampled food from Greektown’s best restaurants while enjoying Greek music, dancing, games for the entire family and even a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers!
Popular food items included roasted lamb, gyros, pastitsio, dolmades, spanakopita (spinach pie), souvlaki, loukaniko (greek sausage), and more. Guests also enjoyed wonderful Greek pastries and desserts including loukoumades, baklava, kourambiedes and other treats.
Live entertainment was provided by Hellas 2000 (south stage), The Linardakis band (north stage) plus Greek dance performances by The Orpheus Dance Troop.
This year also featured the first Gyros eating contest sponsored by Devanco Foods.
For owner Telly Andrianopoulos, the philosophy behind Omega’s success has always been very simple. “Absolutely, we’re all about the basics at both Omega locations,” Telly says, “We have always believed in using only fresh quality ingredients to serve our customers food that they would consistently enjoy, in Schaumburg and Downers Grove."
It’s that consistency and dedication to their customers that separates Omega from corporate chain restaurants. “When people visit us, they’re treated like family and it’s been our privilege over the years to develop close relationships with so many of our guests."
For the Omega Restaurant in Schaumburg, it’s that vision that has now sustained the pancake house since February of 1997. Telly added, “Come February 2017, we’re very happy to be celebrating 20 years in Schaumburg and look forward to serving the community for many years to come. And to show our appreciation, we are planning a nice celebration for customers that will include a special menu and a few surprises.”
The Schaumburg location has also undergone major renovations that were completed in the first week of September 2016. The interior was completely updated and now features a clean, contemporary style to perfectly enhance the Omega dining experience.
And while the Schaumburg location has now served the community for 2 decades, Telly is also pleased that the Omega in Downers Grove has quickly experienced similar success since the family took over that location 4 years ago. “We are more dedicated than ever to providing our customers with great food and service while also offering guests quality cakes, pies and pastries from our bakeries.
Both Omega Pancake House restaurants serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Homemade soups and delicious specials are also available every day along with sweet treats from their famous bakeries.
After a great meal, there's nothing like enjoying a sweet Grecian dessert over Greek coffee or Frappe.
And for many people, the popular pastries are a huge draw at the many Greek Fests enjoyed throughout the summer months and at great restaurants all year round.
While Loukoumades and Baklava often steal the spotlight, we also found eight other sweet treats that round out the list of our favorite Greek desserts.
Following is a brief description of our top 10 favorite Greek treats:
• Baklava -- A dessert made of layers of phyllo pastry, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey.
• Loukoumades -- A pastry made of deep fried dough coated in honey and cinnamon
• Kourambiedes -- Greek butter cookies coated in powdered sugar that can be made with or without nuts.
• Galaktobouriko -- A seminola-based custard flavored with lemon, orange or rose and baked in phyllo that is coated in a clear sweet syrup.
• Melomakarona -- Egg-shaped cookies made with flour, olive oil, honey, sugar, orange zet, cognac, cinnamon and walnuts.
• Koulouria -- A traditional Greek Easter cookie that is butter-based with a hint of vanilla and egg glaze on top.
• Diples -- Thin sheet-like dough rolled into long thin strips, fried and folded in hot oil and then dipped in a honey-based syrup and sprinkled with chopped nuts.
• Kataifi -- A pastry made with nuts on the inside, wrapped in shredded wheat and soaked in sugar or honey syrup.
• Flogeres -- Chopped walnuts and almonds layered between rolled phyllo dough sheets, baked and then soaked in a sweet honey syrup.
• Karidopita -- Walnut cake flavored with cinnamon, then bathed in sweet syrup.