It was not all Greek to them, or it was, but at least they really liked it.
The challenge has become, not in finding places with nuggets and pizza rolls, but finding places that cater to both a meat lover (Noah) and a pass the vegetable girl (Mary). Mythos on Montrose provided just enough lamb and spinach to appease every Bud at the table.
We arrived early on Saturday, at 5:30, to a completely empty restaurant. Without a reservation we weren't concerned, although seating 8 is sometimes a challenge. They hesitated but found us a spot, provided we agreed to be out by 8:00. Rest assured, no one is looking for a two and one half hour dinner with four children, even ones who are very agreeable restaurant patrons.
In an empty restaurant the music becomes a bit more pronounced, as noted by all three children, however with one exception they all knew it was Greek. The restaurant is lovely, "quite fancy" to Kate who liked the blue paint and the comfy cushions.
To start we had Saganaki which was delicious, but a disappointment for Noah, "no flame or Opa! for the Saganaki", however everyone else loved the flavor, "delicious, a little sweet and hot". To be fair, they note on the menu that they do not fire in the dining room, and the taste remains the same, just without the theatre usually associated with flaming cheese. We all loved the Mediteranean Combo, a medley of Tzatziki, Skordalia, and Taramo Salata; Kate found all three dips "quite tasty" and noted that the "decor of the food was pretty" referring to , I believe, the lovely presentation with olives and the most amazing tomatoes I have ever seen in May. "June tomatoes" from Noah, and "tastes like they were harvested in summer" from Kate while Eliana, Noah's younger sister found them "very good!". Personally, I would go back and eat a bowl of these tomatoes with a few olives, some feta and Greek dressing, and call that a fabulous meal. While the spreads were all good the real standout was the Skordalia, a mix of potatoes, olive oil and garlic, topped with capers. Garlic and potatoes make such a nice couple and Mythos really does this one well.
Spanikopita, as noted on the menu, requires a 25 to 30 minute window to prepare, as does Chicken Regenate, so we ordered these early and both items arrived perfectly in time with the other entrees.
Noah ordered what was deemed the best looking dish presented, Braised Lamb, which arrived, to the horror of the vegetable lover, with a large bone jutting beyond the plate.. He devoured it, in fact his only note was that it was "easy to cut" which tells me he was too busy eating to say much else. His father, who sneaked a bite, agreed, delicious. Mary and Kate had Spanikopita which was deemed "too pungent" by Kate, who is usually a Spanikopita lover. I suspect she got one early bite of pure Feta as her sister loved it and ate all of her four pieces. Rather than order the entree, which comes as a piece of a larger pie, we ordered the appetizer portion which is perfectly suited to small palates, four pieces, no silverware required. They then borrowed bites of Chicken Soulvaki which they both loved, "very good, delicious, tender and juicy". Eliana ordered the Tyropita, similar to Spanikopita with only cheese, but preferred the chicken and rice from the Souvlaki, as well as those amazing tomatoes.
We also ordered Pork Souvlaki and the Mythos salad with grilled shrimp, both delicious. The only misses were the soup, the Avgolemono, a traditional Greek soup which was missing it's punch, and an order of Greek potatoes (which were ordered late and delivered immediately) that were small is size and lacking in flavor.
Noah noted that the waiter was patient, which, when dining with four children is always appreciated. Service was attentive and friendly, and a visit from the woman who runs the kitchen, who was surprised to see the children eating Greek food, ended our night in a wonderful way.
The total was the Taste Buds all time high at about $180.00 but for eight people and an enormous amount of food, not terrible. The only real complaint was the $3.50 charge for a very small glass of milk, more than the corkage fee of $3.00 for our bottle of wine.
Mythos is BYOB. It's a good choice for an early dinner, a great neighborhood spot for Greek when you crave Saganaki but don't want to take the family all the way to Greektown. At first glance it may not seem terribly family friendly but the gracious service and delicious food made us feel quite welcome.Mythos Greek Taverna 2030 W. Montrose Chicago, IL 60618 773-334-2000