Vosnos Restaurant – Morton Grove, Illinois

 

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  1. W. P. Woodall, D.O.

    What a happy surprise to see the Vosnos match book from a Google image search! Vosnos Restaurant brings up many good memories of childhood.
    From the mid fifties to the early sixties, my parents would take my sister, brother and I to Vosnos for Sunday dinner, after worship at Trinity Lutheran, Skokie. As regulars we were warmly welcomed and became familiar with the staff. While owned by a Greek American, the restuarant was classic mid century Americana, with a hint of the Mediterranean.

    The spacious dining room had classic white linen table cloths and napkins. There was a bright airiness about the room, plush carpet, and soft music. There was a crytal ‘relish tray’ of carrot sticks, celery sticks, radishes, green onions and (non Kalamata) olives, brought to each table. Table crumbs would vanish by the waitress (not wait staff!) using a hand held sweeping devise.

    Our family always raved over their well regarded cream of chicken soup, it being the standard by which we measured all others. My sister would get the chicken. I loved the shrimp. My parents usually ordered the lobster tail or the prime rib. It was at Vosnos where I first had herring (as an appetizer) to the chagrin of my parents who hated the stuff.

    The one very Greek part of the menu, and the part which my British/Scandinavian family enjoyed, was the home made baklava, made I think by Mrs Vosnos. Unlike what we had had before, we children placed this up in the same special category as Vosnos cream of chicken soup.

    An interesting anecdote: my mother had a sensitivity to tobacco smoke, not an easy thing to avoid in the 1950s. My father arranged to have a certain 3 or 4 tables in a corner designated non smoking. Since we were regular customers Mr Vosnos agreed to this. But over the course of a few years, the non smoking area become more and more requested by others and the section grew until, my father says, only a small portion was smoking. Even back then many people enjoyed the clean air!

    In 1962, my family moved from Glenview to Lake Forest and began to worship there. Hence, we did not frequent Vosnos regularly after that. But the restaurant has always had a warm place in our family’s history. We were sad to see the widening of Waukegan Road which truncated its parking, just as we were sad to learn of its closing years later.

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