Just two weeks before The Parthenon celebrated its 15th anniversary, its next-door neighbor, Chevy’s Fresh Mex, closed its doors for good less than two years after opening.

It goes to show you that running a successful restaurant isn’t easy.

Just ask George and Mike Kazas, who have turned The Parthenon into a labor of love. Under their direction, the Greek restaurant has become one of Lincoln’s best, excelling in food quality, service and ambiance (opa!)

That’s why The Parthenon tops my list of restaurants reviewed in 2017.

I visited 26 restaurants in 2017, including four outside of Lincoln during my annual July excursions.

The following is a rundown of my five favorites reviewed in 2017, with the date the review appeared in Ground Zero. Eateries were evaluated on food quality, service, presentation and atmosphere.

-- Jeff Korbelik

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