Kate Bernot paused from eating just long enough to write about it for RedEye, Who's Hungry? Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, and of course, Serious Eats. 90% of the time she is carrying both her laptop and a coffee.
Giant +1s to the Jade Tofu and the Crispy Fish, which toes the line between spicy and overly salty in the most successful of ways.
Thumbs up to the veggie tacos at L'Patron, too.
Love Freddy's! Cured meats hanging from the ceiling + delicious gelato is a winning combo.
I love the Old Fries! I mean, if one trip to the fryer is delicious, why not two...?
Hell yea Pita Inn! When I lived in Evanston we'd make the drive to Pita Inn for cheap, tasty food and hookah supplies from the adjacent market (hey, it was college, give me a break). Fond memories of the sandwiches, if not the hookah. Tasty pastries from the market as I recall.
Disclaimer: I worked at Al's Deli for 3 years during my NU days (best. job. ever.)
Despite this tiny bit of bias, I think it's safe to say that Al's has some of the best sandwiches and soups in town. Two brothers (Al's sons) run the 60+ year old store, making soups by hand and sandwiches to-order. And, oh, the soups. Just order them. No matter what they are. My go-to sammies are the Herkimer cheese on seeded baguette, roast beef on croissant and smoked turkey aioli on rosemary olive (breads courtesy of Red Hen). Finish lunch with a house-made macaron or crazy-sweet butter cookie.
This is my go-to at Slurping Turtle! The seaweed is my favorite part; something about the ways it snaps along with the noodles. Oh, and it's beautiful.
Wow, would never have dreamed up a lemon-baklava combo, but I'm very glad someone else did.
I want all of these. Immediately. I especially love the old-school cone at Boiler Room.
Thankfully not pictured: us passing around the communal corndog.
@Ellie: The day that I visited, Vanille had a rose flavor.
Anna, I love everything Birchwood does, but can't say I've had the cookie! It's on my list.
Kate, People go NUTS for Potbelly's cookies. Don't worry, you're not the only one who loves them.
Adding a shout-out to the fantastic fish and chips at Owen & Engine. Not the cheapest option, but a total winner.
Love the Flower Flat! They do a fresh, three-course BYO dinner on Fridays for around $20. Can't beat it!
Crispy fries all the way! That said, they should still have a pillowy interior that lets you taste the potato flavor, not just the oil. For me, a perfect sweet potato fry rules.
My favorite Thai spot serves green papaya in their som tom salad with spicy chiles, fish sauce, peanuts for extra crunch, and blue crab when it's in season. The heat is at its perfect level: nearly unbearable, but oh-so-good.