Dave's Italian Kitchen: Bring Your Appetite
Now moved from its spot under the El, this restaurant is still a mainstay for hungry students. Definately the ambience has improved with the new location. The new sub-street-level room is painted a cheerful canary yellow, with a crimson cement ceiling and framed prints of wine labels adorning the walls. The signature inscribed empty wine bottles still line the walls, but thankfully dingy burlap no longer hangs from the ceiling.
Favorite Dish: The food is as good but basic Americanized Italian. Don't expect gourmet. The spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara comes in huge portions, the pizzas have a perfectly thin crust and fresh toppings, and the bread's homemade, as always (which makes the best garlic bread). Dave handpicks the wine list - which has lots of really good, unusual wines.
Sun. - Thurs 4:00-10:00 PM
Fri. & Sat. 4:00-11:00 PM
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Liquid Cafe: For liquid treats...
What I like about this place, is that it doesn't usually get as crowded as the Unicorn Cafe can become, or as noisy as Kafein. It's pretty easy to find a table in the evening, and the stereo isn't thumping so loud that you can't study.
The desserts are small for the price(arguably), but there's a nice selection of loose tea. Too bad the last few cups I've gotten have been kind of weak.
The staff is pretty friendly- I always see different people working there every time I go in. Definitely a college-town turn-over rate :)
There's an open mic night, which may be on Thursdays, but you shouldn't quote me on that.
And when the weather permits, you can snag a table and hang out for a while....
Favorite Dish: Try the Blue Eyes herbal tea. Fruity....
Lulu's (Dim Sum and then Sum): If you like unremarkable Pan-Asian food, go to...
These days, if I walk into an Asian restaurant and see no Asian diners- I tend to be a bit wary. My experience at Lulu's has contributed to this inclination. Not to mention, every time I walk by the restaurant, my fellow yellows are almost nowhere to be seen. ((NOTE: No offense is intended!))
My friend Michelle and I split potato croquettes as an appetizer, which were crispy and just-greasy-enough. We were pleased enough with them.
I ordered the bibimbop. Ohboy. That was interesting, to say the least. It was lacking flavor, but was still kind of salty. The vegetables had a weird bland funk to them. Were they old? Where was the gochujang, yo?
I don't remember if I've ever complained to restaurant waitstaff about the quality of food before. Usually I can eat some of it, pay the bill and move on.
But this bibimbop just sucked! I've never had anything like it- not even on the airplane to Korea.
Michelle took charge and told the waitress, who just recommended we add a Japanese spice (which was sitting on the table)?? ha ha.
Miss Michelle ordered the lunchbox special, which she proclaimed to be, "ok".
I just checked out the website, and the bibimbop is nowhere to be found on the menu. I don't know if they realized how foul it was, or if they still serve it occasionally.
I'm willing to try the Lulu's again (everyone gets a second shot, right?), but I'm going to keep my expectations LOW.
Favorite Dish: We haven't reached that point in our relationship.
Carmen's: Deep dish pizza
Carmen's is a well known pizza joint, famous for their stuffed and Chicago style deep dish pizza.
We met on a Saturday afternoon around 2 pm and although I didn't expect it to be packed there really weren't many people eating, perhaps due to the Northwestern football game that was underway.
The service here was not top notch, not only did we have to go fetch our waiter to order and to get the check, he forgot to put in the order for a stuffed pizza to go home with me and he didn't bother to serve the first slice of pizza which most pizza place do.
Carmen's is very convenient to both the el and the Metra stations, just a block or so.
Favorite Dish: We started off with a salad with some yummy creamy Italian dressing and then ordered three deep dish pizzas-spinach, sausage and pepperoni. I tried both the sausage and the pepperoni, both were tasty!
Gigio's Pizza: Food on the Run
Everyone eats at Gigio's. NWU students and faculty, downtown workers, the mailmen from the post office next door, hardcore cyclists and yours truly!
Stay to eat at the oak picnic benches - or take it wrapped and ready to go.
Favorite Dish: Pizza by the slice is the norm. But Gigio's also has good Italian beef, Polish sausages, interesting things in tortilla casings -- typical Chicago fast food fare. And there's always a soup de jour.
Vegans eat well here, too. The veggie pizza and crisp house salad is a great combination.
- Family Travel
- School Holidays
GREAT HARVEST: The staff of life
On a street replete with home remodellers and tony real estate offices there is one good place to buy your daily bread. Generally acknowledged as the best bakery in Evanston, The Great Harvest Bread Company produces breads, buns and rolls of all sorts, all day long.
Their signs give a good indication of the offerings. However no picture can convey the aroma of fresh baking that wafts over the sidewalk each time the door opens.
For visitors in need of additional sustenance a gourmet deli is just up the street: look for Foodstuffs, 10 doors down. Bikers can buy a loaf and head east 1 mile, to picnic at Lighthouse Park on the lake.
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
LAS PALMAS: Si, si Mexico!
The road sign says it all. Las Palmas is the only way to go for Mexican food in Evanston. The desert colors of teal and terra cotta, the serape wall decor and the music create a South of the Border experience that only gets better once the drinks and the food arrive.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations for dinner strongly recommended, especially on weekends.
Favorite Dish: Carne asada and fajitas go great with Dos Equis or Negra Modelo Mexican beers.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Study Abroad
Belgian Chocolatier PIRON: Better than Godiva's!
Because some people just need chocolate to survive...
This small shop hand makes the most wonderful assortment of chocolates imaginable. Truffles, creams, nougats and more, fresh and tasty as can be. Look around, ask questions and learn how fine Belgian chocolate is produced.
Bennison's Bakery: This is more like a Sweet Secret.
The best coffee cake on the north shore is the Pecan Nut Loaf at Bennison's. Friends all say it tastes homemade - colleagues can never get enough! If you want a special treat for yourself or your workplace, pick up a loaf. Go in early - by 11:00 AM the loaves disappear.
The Unicorn Cafe: Don't give in to Starbucks!
Sure Starbucks is right across the street. Don't give in! The Unicorn Cafe is a great spot for a quick coffee grab and go or a long afternoon of conversation. The music is wonderful and varied, generally classical in the morning, jazz in the afternoon, and alternative rock at night.
When I was a grad student in Evanston I wrote about 90% of my papers there, living off of bagels and dark roast.
Favorite Dish: Sure the coffee is good, but check out the desserts and baked goods. I highly recommend the sesame seed bagels which are delivered fresh every morning.
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