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Jul 28, 2009 03:14 AM

Northwestern Evanston campus visit...feed us!

My son and I are in the process of visiting colleges this summer, and we are enjoying the search for lunch in each location.

We have about an hour and a half in the mid-afternoon before we need to return to the airport.

Any good pizza places within walking distance of the campus? We are also open to any other types of food ideas as well.


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  1. There is no lack of good lunch suggestions walking distance from the NU Evanston campus. Here are some of them.
    Lulus Dim Sum and Then Some (Pan Asian)
    Davis Street Fish Market
    Tommy Nevin's Irish Pub
    Dave's Italian Kitchen
    Carmen's Pizza
    Lou Malnati's (Chicago Deep Dish Pizza)
    Las Palmas (Mexican)
    Noyes St. Cafe
    Potbelly Sandwiches

    And that's just the start.

    Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
    1850 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

    Sekisui - Vestavia Hills
    700 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

    Shula's Steak House - Birmingham
    1000 Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham, AL 35244

    12 Benson Mill Road, Alexander City, AL 35010

    Standard Bistro
    3 Mt Laurel Ave, Birmingham, AL 35242

    Table - Birmingham
    121 Oak Street, Birmingham, AL 35213

    The Chophouse - Huntsville
    101 Washington St NE, Huntsville, AL 35801

    The Phoenix Bistro
    515 Fountain Row, Huntsville, AL 35801

    The Pillars
    1757 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36604

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    1. re: chicgail

      That is an excellent list - I would include Ruby of Siam and Thai Sookdee for Thai food and Joy Yee's for another Pan Asian choice - but if you are in search of Pizza there is also Giordano's but I would go with Lou Malnati's - do not get me worng I like Giordano;s and Carmen's but Lou's i sclassice Chicago deep dish -

      Joy Yee's Noodle Kitchen
      519 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

      Siam Splendour
      1125 Emerson St, Evanston, IL 60201

      Thai Sookdee Restaurant
      1016 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

      Livingston Restaurant
      659 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

      1. re: chicgail

        I lived in Evanston for roughly five years. Maybe it is just a matter of personal taste but I found the food at a number of these places listed to be sub-par or, at best, mediocre.

        In particular, I would consider the food to be sub-par at Nevins, Las Palmas, and Carmen's. One of the worst food experiences of my life was at Nevin's. Las Palmas is by a seeming consensus seen as a joke for food but a good place to drink margaritas. Carmen's is almost certainly the least well-regarded pizza place in Evanston.

        The rest of the places listed are fine (although i'm not sure I would list a Potbelly's chain as a must visit).

        I would second Al's as a top choice. Union Pizzeria is quite good (my favorite current place in town - it has artisinal pizzas, a bunch of great small plate appetizers, and good alternate entrees). Gigio's has the best pizza by the slice in town. I like the food at Bar Louie and Prarie Moon as well for casual dining.

        For a really good meal, I have had a number of very good experiences at The Stained Glass.

        1. re: ChipotleLouie

          I agree with you to some small degree about Carmen's (it is way better IMHO than Giordanos). Given the circumstances, I stand by Las Palmas and Nevins. But The Stained Glass?

          With a teenager? Who wants pizza? For lunch? Is it even open for lunch?

          In my experience The Stained Glass is the most overpriced, overrated restaurant in town. Tried it. Figured I had a bad experience. Tried it again. Wrote it off my list. Permanently.

          But to each his/her own.

      2. My favorite is Vive La Crepe.

        8201 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72227

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        1. re: ms. chow

          One of my favorite little known Evanston restaurants. So little known in fact that it has been out of business for quite some time.

        2. Al's deli on noyes street has excellent sandwiches served on baguettes and daily soup specials. The big homemade cookies are very popular also.

          Al's Deli
          914 Noyes St
          Evanston, IL 60201 847-475-9400