Restaurant Spotlight: Ouzos European Grill

Head downtown on the mall to this cozy pub-style restaurant with a European feel. You’ll be glad you did. 

We started our meal with the Mediterranean Nachos (hummus, Greek olives, roasted red pepper, red onion, and cucumbers on a bed of nacho chips), ordered without the feta or the spicy feta dip. This was supposed to be an appetizer shared with our dinner partner, but it totally could have served as a complete meal. Satisfying, pretty to look at, and all things good for the body. 

For our entrée, we chose the Medi-Veggie sandwich (eggplant ragu, tomato, onion, fig sauce on ciabatta) ordered without the Swiss and grilled without butter. The bread is vegan as is the eggplant ragu. Sandwich comes with your choice of fries, some of which contain cheese. We went with the steak fries and were super impressed. Other than a Grilled Vegetable Flatbread (hummus, grilled eggplant, zucchini, scallions, coriander sauce) that looked delicious if ordered without the goat cheese, this was it for vegan entrées. We couldn’t get a clear answer, however, on whether the flatbread itself was indeed vegan. The staff would most likely be willing to serve the sandwich on the ciabatta. Another option would be to go with one of Ouzos' beautiful salads, most of which would be easily veganizable (hey, it’s a word). 

A great downtown vibe, cozy pub setting, and gorgeous food gives Ouzos a warm, inviting feel. When VegOut heads back that way (and, yes, we will be going back!!) we’ll order up those nachos without any dairy for our entrée and share a side of steak fries with the lucky person that gets to join us for the evening. Opa!

Ouzos is located at 266 E Michigan Avenue. They're open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner and closed Sunday and Monday. Make sure to check out Jazz Night on Tuesdays from 7-9pm and Happy Hour Tuesday-Saturday 5-6:30pm.