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Mar 17, 2013 07:22 PM

Restaurant suggestions for Evanston needed.

Will be in Evanston later this week to check out Northwestern with my teen. Need some reasonably/moderately priced (or cheap) restaurant suggestions. We'll be there for 2 dinners, 1 lunch and 1 breakfast. We'll be on foot, so we'll need to stay in Evanston proper. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Evanston is a pretty big suburb of Chicago with a lot of good restaurants. My suggestions are all reasonably priced and within easy walking distance of the University. And there's a lot to choose from:

    Edzo's for great (!) burgers and fries.
    Dixie Kitchen for southern/Cajan fare (also breakfast).
    Le Peep for breakfast.
    That LIttle Mexican Cafe or Las Palmas for Mexican.
    Lulu's Dim Sum and Then Some for Asian fusion.
    Tommy Nevin's Pub for Irish.
    Mt. Everest for Indian and Nepalese.
    Pret a Manger (a well respected London chain) for really good soups and sandwiches.
    Merle's Barbeque.
    Davis St. Fish Market.

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    1. re: chicgail

      Merle's closed over a year ago.

      If you're in or around Evanston and you want some really good barbecue, consider Rub's Backcountry Barbecue in West Rogers Park. However, it's not such a good recommendation for the OP here because it's not walking distance from downtown Evanston and campus (it's about 2.5 miles away).

      See below for my top picks for moderately-priced dining within walking distance of downtown and campus.

    2. You'll find a HUGE number of Evanston recommendations in this discussion:

      Evanston Restaurants -

      If I had to narrow it down to 2 dinners, 1 lunch, and 1 breakfast, and they had to be walkable from campus and downtown Evanston (which unfortunately knocks out places around Main Street like Campagnola and Cross Rhodes), and relatively moderate in price (which knocks out Oceanique, Chef's Station, and Quince), here's what would be at the top of my list:

      Dinners - Lou Malnati's, Found
      Lunch - Edzo's
      Breakfast - Dixie Kitchen

      Lou Malnati's has terrific deep-dish pizza, Chicago's local specialty.

      You won't find much information about Found because it's only been open a few months, but it's superb! The menu emphasizes small plates. They get pretty busy, especially on weekends, and they don't take reservations. Dinner only, closed Mondays.

      Edzo's has the best burgers and best milk shakes you've ever had in your life. Lunch only, closed Mondays. When people are waiting in line, DO NOT take a table until you've placed your order.

      Dixie Kitchen won't blow you away but it's decent and it's the most interesting breakfast in downtown Evanston.

      If you need a backup for lunch or dinner, Thai Sookdee is terrific for Thai food. They have the best tom kha gai in Chicagoland!

      1. Thanks all for the suggestions. The highlight of the trip was dinner at Found. Awesome food, great service and generally terrific people. Wish theyu would move to L.A.! We also ate a St. Germaine Creperie, Lulu's Dim Sum and Thai Sookdee. And we had a shake at Edzo's. The crepe place was quite good, as was the shake from Edzo's. the vegetable spring rolls at Lulu's were yummy, but the rest of the food was forgettable, as was Thai Sookdee. I have to say the best part of visiting Evanston was the people. Everyone we met was super friendly. What a treat! Thanks again.