Neighborhood Watch: Evanston

Spend the night in Chicago's northern neighbor

Classic fried chicken was the impetus for our last visit to Evanston.

This time, we went to investigate the city’s most recent additions; they’re well worth the trip.

Found: Antiques and salvaged furniture are scattered throughout this stylishly appointed restaurant from owner Amy Morton and chef Nicole Penderson, formerly of C-House. The menu, like the design, is eclectic and welcoming. Load the table with harissa-coated roasted root vegetables ($8), lamb meatballs with chimichurri and yogurt ($12), and a salad of raw kale and Swiss chard with pickled chard stems and cranberries ($9).

Honey-glazed, twice-fried chicken wings ($11) are sticky and satisfying--verging on cloying, but hard to resist. When it’s time for a proper dessert, don’t miss Turkish-coffee gelato drizzled with salty, nutty brown-butter caramel ($5).

Ward Eight: Chicago’s loss is Evanston’s gain with this new cocktail bar from former employees of Andersonville’s now-closed In Fine Spirits. Local spirits abound, including those from nearby distilleries Few and Koval. Try Koval’s chrysanthemum-honey liqueur stirred with Lillet, Benedictine and absinthe, or a classic Elk’s Own ($12), made with whiskey and port. Both pair nicely with a simple spread of charcuterie or cheese ($15) and condiments from consulting chef Marianne Sundquist.

Found 1631 Chicago Ave. Evanston IL 60201 847-868-8945 Ward Eight 629 Howard St. Evanston IL 60202 847-420-7353


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