Lupita’s lies slightly outside the cluster of Evanston restaurants Northwestern students frequent, and thus took me a little longer to visit (three years, actually). Now that I’ve been, I wish I had been eating here since my first year in Evanston. The staff is friendly, and the yellow walls add to the cheerful feel of the space. It took one visit for Lupita’s to become my favorite Midwest restaurant.
Lupita’s dishes are flavorful, authentic and fresh, fresh, fresh. Case in point: Their thick, crunchy tortilla chips are homemade. A server plops a complimentary bowl of said chips — or, if you’re like the groups I’ve been dined at Lupita’s with, your complimentary bowl after bowl of chips — soon after you sit down. Homemade salsa also accompanies the chips, and the spices, which include cilantro, hot peppers, ground pepper and tons more I couldn’t even identify are so in balance I was begging for them to bottle it.
As for ordering, I recommend the favorite standby appetizer of guacamole, and a side of sweet fried plantains is a must; Lupita’s version is the best I have yet to taste. The caramelized slices of banana are warmed and soft but never mushy, and it’s a great accompaniment to a brunch at Lupita’s, or just to save until the end of your meal for dessert. My current personal favorite entrees are the enchiladas suizas and open-faced tostadas are personal favorites. Really, though, go with whatever you’re craving, because with Lupita’s you really can’t go wrong.
-Karina for TKGO City Guides700 Main St., Evanston. (847) 328-2255. Official site > Google Maps >