Classic plates with Mediterranean zest in Naperville
Filet mignon with fingerling potatoes and green beans
Driven by Chef Adam Tanner’s appealing Mediterranean-influenced menu, Naperville’s CityGate Grille has struck a responsive chord with diners, whether they’re power brokers out to clinch deals, couples focused on romance, families celebrating
a special occasion — or anyone who appreciates good food. Opened some eight years ago, the restaurant continues to build on its many culinary strengths.
A recent meal at the 175-seat bar and grill began with a welcome bowl of homemade avgolemono. This classic Greek dish was made from a base of lemon juice, egg, orzo and chicken. The lemon was assertive (in a good way) and cubes of chicken in the broth were a pleasant surprise.
Jumping to the main course, you can opt confidently for the gluten-free mixed grilled souvlaki — three skewers of chicken, lamb and beef perfectly grilled with a lemon-herb sauce. Plated with the meat were roasted fingerling potatoes and tender baby green beans. The serving was more than ample to box up a portion for another meal at home.
A dining partner also enjoyed her Mediterranean wrap — grilled chicken, red onion, spinach, roasted pepper, feta and hummus. The dish was plated with a side of crunchy sweet potato fries.
Among other grilled meat options were an 8-oz filet mignon, a 12-oz New York sirloin, a 14-oz Colorado lamb rib chop and a 14-oz Berkshire pork chop. They came with two side dishes and an option to add — with an extra charge — a grilled lobster tail, jumbo scallops or sautéed mushrooms.
The menu also offered a steak and portobello risotto; pan-seared duck breast with raspberry-balsamic glaze, Gorgonzola whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus; and a half-pound black Angus burger on an egg bun. Fans of pastitsio and moussaka will find the well-known Greek favorites are also part of the kitchen’s repertoire.
If you have reserved room for dessert, give the chef’s special a whirl. It features a round disk of orange cake covered with a layer of white chocolate mousse that, in turn, is smartly garnished with blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and the occasional raspberry. Welcome to Nirvana!
The dessert list also includes such hard-to-resist temptations as warm apple pecan cobbler topped with maple bourbon glaze, cranberry spice bread pudding and Greek yogurt cheesecake.
The bar is suitably provisioned with wine, beer — mainstream and craft — and the makings for cocktails, from creative martinis to beloved standards. Check out weekly specials such as half-price wines on Wednesdays and discounted beer on Thursdays. Another popular draw is live jazz, performed on weekends.
Under the direction of General Manager Jonathan Cook, the dining and lounge areas are both modern and sophisticated, with plenty of wood on display. Attractive floor-to-ceiling window views look out to a private pond.
From consistently well-prepared food to smart service, CityGate Grille is a class act, well deserving its longevity.
2020 Calamos Ct., Naperville
Mixed grill souvlaki, Mediterranean chicken wrap
Appetizers: $11 - $19
Entrées: $13 - $39
Desserts: $6 - $8
Mon - Thur: 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri: 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sat: 5 - 10 p.m.
Seasonal patio; live music on Fri & Sat; reservations