They have a nice array of foods for veggies, vegans, and they also offer a macrobiotic plate. Even meat eaters enjoy it! Their baked goods in the glass case have certain ingredients listed, which is very helpful for vegans. The smoothies are nice to try, but a little pricey. Hanging on the walls is some cool picture-esque quilting.
While I often enjoy my meals under $10, I make exceptions for Blind Faith. One option is to eat in the self-dining area, rather than the regular dining area. You get your own water and silverware and clean up after yourself when finished. That way, there's no need to tip.
Favorite Dish: I am boring: I almost always order a house salad with barbeque seitan on top. That way you get yr fresh veggies, with some protein! Their house vinagrette is excellent, I highly recommend you try it if you order salad.
Seitan marsala: comes with nice steamed veggies (not too well-done)
Tapas Barcelona has a great, ecclectic atmosphere, with bright colors, great iron work and walls plastered with old spanish movie posters. You can dine inside or outside when weather permits.
For those never who have never been to a tapas restaurant, think of it like a restaurant where you just order appetizers to share, and what wonderful delicacies they have!
They are open for lunch and dinner, but are closed from 2:30-5pm, so don't plan on a mid-afternoon snack or an early supper! I have made this mistake before.
Favorite Dish: The eggplant stuffed with goat cheese is about as good as it gets. Get a pitcher of margaritas and one of their specialty pizzas (I like the Barcelona) and a maybe the shrimp in garlic sauce and you are in business.
What a great experience - from start to finish!
Wine List - all Italian and a really appraochable Sommelier (unlike most you find)
Service - Casual but refined
Food - The best Italian we've had in the Northshore
This is my new go to place!!!!
Thanks Pensiero for a wonderful and memorable night
Favorite Dish: Zuppa Crema di Piselli - Truffled English Pea Soup, Caramelized Onion Flan
Tagliatelle al Tartufo - Housemade Fresh Tagliatelle Pasta, Exotic Mushrooms, Walnuts, Shaved Black Truffle, Parmagiano Reggiano, Mushroom Broth - Tossed in a Wheel of Grana Padano
Strawberry Cheese Cake - Amaretto Chocolate Wafer, Carmel and Raspberry Sauce
Due to the fantastic wine list (and the couple bottles we had) and their Sommelier's help "I cheated" and used their website for descriptions as not to get it wrong.
Jilly's is a small French restaurant in northern Evanston where we ate brunch with friends. It was not cheap, but we enjoyed it very much.
Jilly's has a French country feel and a very friendly staff. The menu features a mix of French and American items. The portions were large and the food was very good. The blueberry pancakes were especially tasty.
Jilly's is open for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on the weekends. For brunch, they have a prix fixe option, which includes dessert and champagne.
Clarke's is a friendly diner in Evanston that is located a couple of blocks from the Northwestern University campus. It is open for breakfast, luch, and dinner, and its menu features a wide variety of dishes, including eggs, waffles, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. Its menu has a 1950s theme, and was fun to read, with a number of spoofs about 1950s college students.
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed the waffles, the burgers, and the sweet potato fries.
Chain-smoking students, college-town hipsters and intellectual wannabes hang here instead of at corporate Starbucks down the street. This is the oldest coffeehouse in Evanston.
Favorite Dish: They have sandwiches as well as baked goods. I like the coffee and the italian sodas.
Critical culinary acclaims that are too lengthy to list. Trio Restaurant's consistent national recognition has made it one of the Chicago area's highest rated fine-dining establishments. Executive Chef Grant Achatz (formerly of The French Laundry) has proven himself quickly with top-rated 4-star local reviews, Food and Wine Magazine's Top Ten Chefs for 2002 award and the James Beard Rising Star Chef award for 2003.
While now closed- it is important to note how many renowned Chicago chefs have passed through its kitchen:
Grant Achatz: chef chef/owner, Alinea
Darin Bieck: sous chef chef de cuisine, Spring
Michael Carlson: cook chef/partner, Schwa
Curtis Duffy: cook, pastry chef sous chef, Alinea
Gale Gand: pastry chef pastry chef/partner, Tru
Della Gossett: pastry chef pastry chef, Charlie Trotter's
Nathan Klingbail: cook sous chef/partner, Schwa
Shawn McClain: chef chef/partner Spring, Green Zebra, Custom House
John Peters: sous chef sous chef, Alinea
Michael Pagliarini: cook sous chef, Radius in Boston
Rick Tramonto: chef chef/partner, Tru, Osteria Via Stato
Favorite Dish: Trio is on the cutting edge of avant-garde cuisine, influenced by an array of global flavors and textures. The focus is on elegant, seasonally inspired ingredients, creatively showcased in four- and eight-course prix fixe and gastronomic twenty-course tasting menus, guiding diners through an unsurpassed dining experience. Driven by the energetic creativity of the kitchen, Trio's menu is always in a state of evolution making dining here an experiential adventure. Superbly orchestrated wine tastings, specifically selected for individual dishes, create the award-winning pairing progressions unique to restaurants of this caliber.
This is the place you go when you want more of an atmosphere with your value priced Italian food. The food is good, service is attentive, and it is a pretty place to eat. I especially like sitting outside in front of the restaurant during the summer.
While in Evanston, Illinois, where the Northwestern Hospital is located, my husband Allan and I had spent the day with our daughter and son-in-law in the Labor and Delivery room because Jill was preparing to give birth to their baby. Once the real "contractions" started, we left so that she and Eric could share their parenting experience. We did not leave the hospital for good; only to go out for dinner. We thought that it was appropriate to eat at Jilly's Cafe in honor of our daughter.
Jilly's Cafe is quite small with about 16 small tables. The room has stucco walls, dark wood beams on the ceiling, and wood on the bottom portion of the walls. There are, of course, linens that are crisp and well appointed.
The menu was somewhat limited for my tastes; however, they did have nightly specials as well.
There are appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Everything is al carte.
Favorite Dish: We started with wine; Allan drinks red, and I prefer German whites (Reislings). We both had salads. Allan's was the Mixed Greens Salad Tossed with Balsamic Vinaigrette. I had the Field Greens and poached pear salad with blue cheese, walnuts and red wine vinaigrette. They were fine salads but not extraordinary.
Allan's entree was a special of Leg of Lamb as about six chops. He said it was quite good. He really "raved" about the mashed potatoes that came with the meal.
I ordered an appetizer for dinner because I am not a larger eater. I order Crispy Spring Roll filled with Wild Mushrooms, sweet cherries, spinach, and Brie Cheese, served with Mixed greens and Raspberry Vinaigrette. It sounds delicious. However, it was not a crispy spring roll at all; instead it was soggy. I disliked it; therefore, I did not eat it. They did not charge us for it either.
The best part of the meal, as far as I am concerned, was the desserts. All desserts are homemade. Allan had a combination of 3 small desserts that they feature on one plate.
I had a chocolate cake with fudge icing, chocolate sauce and carmel sauce with ice cream on the side. It was delicious and quite rich.
If you look closely at the photo by clicking to enlarge, you will see the desserts in front of us.
Although it was not fantastic, I would suggest trying it; most people have a much wider range of likes in foods than I do.
The following restaurants are ones that have consistently received honors and have been recommended to me:
41. Pete Miller's
Pete Miller's is known for gourmet pastas, seafood, and especially aged steaks. It also provides nightly jazz.
(Take the purple line to the Davis stop and then walk two blocks southeast on Sherman.)
Mon.-Thurs. 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Fri-Sun 4:30 p.m.-3 a.m.
2. Davis Street Fish Market
501 Davis St. (at Hinman)
This is one of Evanston's most popular places to eat. It's almost entirely seafood.
There are no reservations ( unless there are 5 or more ) which is a problem because it is crowded. However, most people agree that it is worth the wait. They fly in fresh fish and fresh seafood daily from the coasts. Besides the dining room, there is a 70-seat raw bar with oysters, shrimp, etc.
Mon-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m - 9:00 p.m.
Favorite Dish: 3. Prairie Moon All American Dining
1502 Sherman Avenue
I've been told over and over about this restaurant being so unique and with excellent food. It is owned and run by two local men, Robert Strom & Paul White. They present American Cuisine with little "twists".
There are three dining rooms, a private party room, two full bars, and a patio.
People seem to love this place because it has innovative food that is delicious and, best of all, affordable.
On a beautiful Fall afternoon, I attended a VT lunch/meeting that was held at Carmen's Pizzeria of Evanston
. Katja lives in Evanston, and after our lunch, she was our tour guide for the city of Evanston.
Erik (Erik707), Ron, (RonDace),Robert (rmdw) , Lisa( Shekaago), Kristi (Dabs), Katja (pedersdottir), and I had a wonderful experience eating at Carmen's!
We shared the House Salad that was served "family style". The creamy Italian dressing was outstanding. Three of us shared a Deep Dish Sausage Pizza while three others shared a Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza.
Katja had ordered a Stuffed Spinach Pizza that she shared with us. We all agreed that the Pizza and Salad was great, and from the "groans" of being stuffed ourselves, one could realize that we were pleased.
Carmen's had recently moved from next door, and the new place was more open and perhaps less private. It was an attractive place with ample room for all.
In the afternoon (we were there at 2:00 p.m.), they offer a large buffet where you can eat all the pizza by the slice that you wish. We decided to opt for ordering off the menu.
Favorite Dish: Since I have only eaten here this one time, I can only recommend the Deep Dish Pizza, but Carmen's has been around for a long, long time, and most agree that all the food they offer is excellent.
Carmen's is open:
Monday through Thursday 11-11
Friday & Saturday 11-12
The only drawback that I can mention is the service. Our waiter was not as efficient as I would have liked. We were constantly asking for things that should have been offered by our waiter. He was, however, quite friendly and pleasant.
All-in-all I would highly recommend Carmen's Pizzeria of Evanston.
The only place I've eaten in Evanston is Carmen's but Evanston has a good reputation for food. This website has a listing of Evanston restaurants that include suburban locations of popular Chicago restaurants such as Dixie Kitchen, Gino's East, Joy Yee's Noodles, Lou Malnati's and Flat Top Grill and unique locations that receive good reviews such as Jacky's Bistro, Oceanique and Trio Atelier
Mustard's is not so much a restaurant as it is a destination. It is basically a little stand outside of Ryan Stadium where you can grab a quick snack before or after a game.
Favorite Dish: Mustard's is known for it's char dogs and hamburgers.
Another staple from my years at Kellogg, and we still drive up from Chicago to go to Walker Brothers. Be prepared to wait 20-30 minutes during the weekends. This place always seems to be packed.
This location was the first of Victor and Everett Walker's five pancake houses. Its antique accoutrements make it seem much older than that--Tiffany-style lamps, brass fixtures, stained and leaded glass, maho-gany booths and tables.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the Swedish pancakes (ultra-thin) topped with ligonberries (sweet and tart). However, Walker Bros. is famous for a buttery oven-baked apple pancake that's closer in size to an apple pie. It has Granny Smiths mixed right into the batter. The smaller Dutch Baby uses the same batter and there's a puffy German pancake served with lemon and powdered sugar or fresh strawberries and bananas, Belgian waffles, thick French toast and omelettes oozing substantial fillings.
Carmen's was my first foray into Chicago style (stuffed) pizza while at grad school. We frequented both locations almost on a daily basis. They also have thin crust and deep dish but everyone goes for the stuffed. The restaurant itself is not glamorous. Expect lots of students from NU. A good place to bring the kids (they won't notice if they drop on the floor).
Favorite Dish: Carmen's crust is noticably less sweet than that of Giordonos. Try the famous spinach or the Carmen's Special which is a hefty blend of sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onion. Be sure to order a side salad and a pitcher of soda/pop.
Sunday Noon to 11:00 pm
Mon.- Thurs. 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri. - Sat. 11:00 am - Midnight