Avli Estiatorio

566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-446-9300

Found in the back of the Laundry Room Mall, this "courtyard restaurant," as its name translates, presents fresh and authentic Greek dining in a friendly, relaxed setting. Dine inside or on the outdoor patio and enjoy pita flatbreads, Greek spreads, an artichoke and vegetable moussaka, and scallops with Greek spaghetti. $$ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Curry Hut Restaurant

410 Sheridan Road, Highwood, 847-432-2889

At this full-service establishment, Indian and Nepalese cuisines come together giving many full-flavored vegetarian and meat choices for guests. Find lamb with spinach, mint and yogurt marinated chicken and tandoori lobster. The Nepalese side has goat simmered in spices and herbs and a chicken filet marinated with Himalayan spices. $ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Demetri's

660 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, 847-940-0777

Patrons seat themselves in a festive "open-air" taverna setting as they taste Grecian delights. A popular dish is pastitsio — macaroni with braised lamb and beef.
Choose chicken breast and artichokes in a white wine and lemon cream sauce or sautéed tilapia with tomato sauce, onions, capers and olives. $$ Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. and Sun.           

 

Falafel Bistro

1154 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-1002

This spot specializes in flavors from the eastern Mediterranean. Begin with such classics as hummus, babba ghanoush and dolmades — rice stuffed grape leaves. Pick from several platters to sample a variety of tastes including a grilled beef and chicken platter. $ Lunch and dinner daily

 

Mizrahi Grill

215 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, 847-831-1400

Come for a taste of authentic Israeli cuisine in this warm and casual Glatt Kosher restaurant. Fill plates with a variety of meat kebabs, falafels, pita sandwiches and salads. Signature offerings include marinated turkey and lamb shawarma. $$ Lunch and dinner Sun.-Thurs.; lunch Fri.