Food in Evanston

Chicago might be better known for its food scene, but Evanston is, after all, the “dining capital of the North Shore,” according to its Illinois nickname.


*Al’s Deli: A French deli with European sweets, soups and to-die-for cookies >

Bat 17: Whether it’s a beer tower, sliders or a hearty brunch you seek, Bat has you covered >

Blind Faith Café: A vegetarian restaurant and bakery that takes its food seriously >

*Burt’s Place: Find caramelized pizza crust at this hole-in-the-wall >

The Celtic Knot: A solid Irish pub with — you guessed it — lamb stew and a great bar >

*Edzo’s Burger Shop: The fries and shakes (Nutella!) beat the freshly-ground beef patties >

FlatTop Grill: Lunch and dinner might be a little gimmicky, but FlatTop has one of the best brunches in town >

*Jilly’s Cafe: An intimate and charming French restaurant >

Kansaku: The best sushi in Evanston, and great sake, too >

*Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen: Find vats of homemade pickles and fresh pastrami sandwiches at this Jewish deli >

Koi: Chinese food, sushi and a respectable bar scene >

*The Lucky Platter: Part diner, part Southern kitchen, part Tandoori Chicken Salad — this place impresses >

*Lupita’s Restaurante: The best Mexican restaurant in Evanston (and probably all of the North Shore) >

*Pita Inn: The North Shore isn’t short on falafel and Mediterranean options, but Pita Inn comes out on top >

Rollin’ To Go: The homemade chips and heaping sandwiches keep everyone coming back >

*Sea Ranch: A japanese grocery store with a killer sashimi and sushi counter >

The Stained Glass: A relaxed, fine dining experience >

Trattoria DemiA tiny and tasty spot for traditional Italian favorites >

Union Pizzeria: The trendiest pizza parlor in town >

*Walker Bros.: A Wilmette institution that dishes killer pancakes for every mood and appetite >

Cafés & Sweets

Bennison’s Bakery: Red velvet cupcakes and breakfast pastries to drool over >

Brothers K Coffeehouse: Stay for hours with a big latte, an outlet and plenty of natural light >

*Fraiche Cafe: Chocolate whoopie pies, salted caramel cupcakes and everything else they serve in heaven >

Homer’s: The creamy, homemade gourmet ice cream in Wilmette has earned top praise from Bon Appetit >

*I Dream of Sweets: Free coffee refills and high, white ceilings >