**** (4 stars)
This IS you father’s diner. Or maybe your grandfather’s. In fact, he may still be eating here.
Golden Olympic is like stepping back into the fifties, in terms of ambiance, service and food. True, there are some Greek (and even a few Asian) items on the menu, but basically it’s a diner.
I went with the Greek theme, since there was a photo of Santorini on the wall, and had the Village Sandwich, which consisted of feta cheese, olives, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions with Tzatziki sauce, rolled in a pita.
Good choice. It was refreshing, tasty and yet light like a salad.
It came with a choice of sides, and to offset the healthfulness of the sandwich I chose onion rings.
Bad choice. They were the kind of onion rings you buy in the frozen food department and bake until they’re crunchy, except these hadn’t made it to crunchy.
Service was pleasant in a detached, 50s waitress kind of way.
This is the first restaurant I’ve been in for a decade that had an FM radio station playing. But it was music from the 70s, so I guess they’re going modern.
All in all a fun trip down memory lane, and a good spot for breakfast or a sandwich.
Golden Olympic Restaurant
1608 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201