HOME > Chowhound > Chicago Area >

Eight Hours at Northwestern U.

Mike R. Apr 17, 2007 06:10 PM

Can someone help out with outstanding breakfast and lunch choices on or near campus (within walking distance / no car). Mother & daughter flying in on school look-see.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. n
    nu_sue RE: Mike R. Apr 17, 2007 06:14 PM

    Dixie Kitchen is good and I also like Flat top Grill

    1. nsxtasy RE: Mike R. Apr 17, 2007 07:16 PM

      Yes, Dixie Kitchen is good for Cajun food. Also...

      Gio for Italian.

      Giordano's and Lou Malnati's for pizza.

      Lulu's Dim Sum or Joy Yee for pan-Asian.

      Mt. Everest for Indian.

      Koi for Chinese.

      La Petite Amelia for French bistro.

      Merle's for barbecue.

      Wolfgang Puck's Grand Cafe for American.

      That Little Mexican Cafe for upscale Mexican.

      For breakfast - Le Peep or Clarke's.

      All of the above are in downtown Evanston, within a few blocks of the south end of campus, all are open for lunch, and all have excellent food.

      1 Reply
      1. re: nsxtasy
        u.of.c. eddie RE: nsxtasy Apr 17, 2007 08:07 PM

        If you are going to be on the north end of campus (near Tech), try Kim's Kitchen or Rollin' to Go on Noyes (right by the el tracks). Kim's is a small independent bakery with good scones. Rollin to Go has a large sandwich selection. I particulary like the chicken and pesto on foccacia. They have nice vegetarian sandwiches, too. Both places are counter service. (By the way, I don't recommend Noyes Street Cafe, also on Noyes.)

        Mandarian House (also on Noyes) has a small but well-executed lunch menu. The decor, however, consists of a lot of brown wood and blandness.

        Joy Yee (Pan-Asian noodles) on Davis Street (south of campus, and east of Chicago Ave) has a large menu. It is the Cheesecake Factory of Chinese restaurants, with huge portions and generally good food. I particularly like the lemongrass porkchop, chicken, and shrimp dish.

        Then there's always Buffalo Joe's, an NU institution.

        Go Wildcats!

      2. nsxtasy RE: Mike R. Apr 17, 2007 08:28 PM

        One other place I should have mentioned. All the places I previously mentioned are sit-down restaurants. If you're looking for carry-out food for breakfast, Al's Deli is on Noyes near campus. It is a wonderful little hole-in-the-wall place where they make great sandwiches from scratch. Also don't miss their homemade cookies (chocolate chip, iced butter, iced spice, iced brownie). They are closed Wednesdays.

        1 Reply
        1. re: nsxtasy
          nsxtasy RE: nsxtasy Apr 19, 2007 07:11 AM

          Oops - my recommendation of Al's Deli was for carry-out food for LUNCH, not for breakfast. (They are open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) I apologize for the error.

        2. lulubelle RE: Mike R. Apr 18, 2007 04:43 PM

          Celtic Knot is right down town and has great pub food, as well a tea service (only Wednesdays and Saturdays I think). The sticky toffy pudding is to die for, and the owners are really friendly.

          and as u. of c. eddie said, Buf Joe's is an Evanston institution. Man, I might need to drive up there tonight and get some.

          6 Replies
          1. re: lulubelle
            sundevilpeg RE: lulubelle Apr 19, 2007 12:44 AM

            Buffalo Joe's has taken a HUGE nosedive in quality and consistency in the past three years or so - and they charge extra for everything that customarily comes with Buffalo wings, like, the dressing, the celery sticks....

            Also steer well clear of Merle's. AWFUL bbq. The pulled pork is a disgrace. Lulu's is mediocre at best. Forget Le Peep and Clarke's for breakfast - get on the El, and go to Main Street, where you will find Lucky Platter, a half-block east of the station. Good eats morning, noon, and night. You really can't go wrong in that neighborhood, BTW - the best pizza to be had on the North Shore can be found just west of the station at Trattoria DOC, good Greek food and excellent burgers at Cross-Rhodes just east and slightly north on Chicago Ave., excellent high-end French seafood at Oceanique...lots of options within mere feet of one another. Great transportation to NU by both Metra commuter trains and the CTA is a huge plus.

            1. re: sundevilpeg
              nsxtasy RE: sundevilpeg Apr 19, 2007 07:13 AM

              The OP specifically asked for recommendations "within walking distance", which the places on Main Street are not. And as good as Oceanique is - IMHO the best restaurant in Evanston - it is only open for dinner, not for breakfast and lunch, which the OP was asking about.

              1. re: sundevilpeg
                u.of.c. eddie RE: sundevilpeg Apr 19, 2007 08:16 AM

                I am not in complete disagreement with sundevilpeg. The wings are small and Joe's has to do something about letting odors from the kitchen wander into the dining area. I am also not a big fan of the Merkt's cheese spread they use (too tangy). I don't recall, however, being charged for celery sticks or additional dressing as sundevilpeg described.

                I hope your family enjoys the town, Mike R.

                1. re: u.of.c. eddie
                  Mike R. RE: u.of.c. eddie Apr 19, 2007 05:26 PM

                  Thanks everybody for your recos...the ladies will take them under advisement during what looks to be a busy schedule...now just wondering...what's above-average ON-campus?

                  1. re: u.of.c. eddie
                    nu_sue RE: u.of.c. eddie Apr 19, 2007 08:21 PM

                    yes...im not that impressed with Buffalo Joes. WIngs were small and mealy. Thought it was an off night for them. So you don't recommend the Chedder burger?

                    1. re: nu_sue
                      u.of.c. eddie RE: nu_sue Apr 19, 2007 08:56 PM

                      I strongly recommend the cheeseburger for you since you like Merkt's products. It's just not for me. The tanginess somehow enhances the saltiness and it's a little grainy. My wife likes it but I get fickle with that combination of flavors and textures. I much prefer it on water cracker.

              2. s
                swsidejim RE: Mike R. Apr 19, 2007 06:46 AM

                I personally like Davis Street Fish Market, casual, and pretty good food. I am not a fan of Joy Yee's, I have been to the China Town, and Naperville locations, and still prefer my local Chinese hole in the wall spot to them.


                Show Hidden Posts