Mr. D's Shish-Kebabs has the foodie reputation of having the best kabobs in the city. The sandwich is served on a roll, not a pita, and holds the tzatziki. | Dave Hoekstra~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 14, 2014 4:49PM
Everyone has a little place in this big old world.
Mr. D’s Shish-Kabobs is on the quiet corner of Diversey and Normandy in Montclare, the far Northwest Side. The restaurant only has four tables and a counter. The vibe is so unassuming the owners call themselves “Mr. and Mrs. D.”
But their names are Ann and Mike Antonopoulos.
“Mr. D’s was the name of the grill when we bought it,” Mr. D. said. “We never changed it.”
Mrs. D. added, “This was our first venture.” Her husband had worked at restaurants in Schiller Park and at Lawrence and Harlem in Chicago.
The previous Mr. D’s also served kabobs, but Mr. D’s added the equally popular steak sandwich, consisting of thinly sliced beef and a secret au jus.
Mr. D’s has the foodie reputation of having the best kabob in the city. The meat is both marianted and infused with oregano, moderately charred and served with onions, tomatoes and a lemon wedge, rather than smothered in tzatziki, the traditional Greek yogurt sauce. For $6.85, diners can enjoy both the sandwich, served on a roll, not pita bread and the perfectly salted french Fries, with potatoes peeled and sliced right in front of you.
The husband and wife team seamlessley D-vide the duties.
Mrs. D. nodded to the grill and said, “He handles that side. We have a dividing line in the middle and I handle this side.”
And she turned toward the cash register. Mrs. D. is very smart.
The small diner, [6656 W. Diversey; (773) 637-0042 is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday., Mr. and Mrs. D. run the entire operation with the help of their son John. The diner is popular withpolice, city workers and students from Locke Elementary School just west of Mr. D’s.
Tony Dones is a neighborhood body shop worker who had made his second visit of the week to Mr. D’s. He was with his daugher Ilani, 5. John Antonopoulos gave her a lollipop as she entered the diner. “ I love the flavor of steak sandwich ($6.95 with fries),” said Dones, 37. “The marinade tastes so good. You won’t get a sandwich like here nowhere.”
Mr. and Mrs. D. came to the United States from the Peloponnese area of Greece. In 1963 the 10-year-old future Mrs. D. arrived by boat with her parents and three young sisters, landing at Ellis Island. “We’ve now been here most of our lives,” Mrs D. said while working her side of the counter. “Forty years. That’s a long time, right?”
Mrs. D. smiled at her husband and you could see how the D stands for a dream well done.