Evanston outpost of a national chain.
Once a month or so, I call in a lunch order at Evanston Chicken Shack. They offer fried chicken, fried fish, rib tips, and hot links, but I usually opt for five wings with salt and pepper, hot sauce on the side. After I drive it back to the office my old Hyundai smells of chicken fat and grease for a full week; crumbs have taken up permanent residence in the cracks of my hot-sauce-specked desk chair. Nestled among mounds of crinkle-cut fries, the wings are steaming hot even after a 15-minute car ride, thanks to careful packaging in a red-and-white cardboard box with the look of late 70s design. On the side is a tiny plastic container of terrible coleslaw. Apart from that my only complaint is with the hot sauce: more, more, I want more. —Seth Zurer
Chef Nicole Pedersen (C-House) teams up with Amy Morton on this lively, congenial restaurant and bar.
CLOSED. New restaurant in the former Jacky's on Prairie featuring eclectic, cosmopolitan cuisine from chef Jonadab Silva.
Evanston location of the well-known local pizza chain.
The former Il Pensiero, which has gone under a succession of chef changes in the hands of new owners.
Evanston location of the South Korean frozen yogurt chain.
Cult Evanston breakfast nook where owner Sarkis' personality and his "disasters" draw regulars.
Second location of this fresh-seafood purveyor (the other one's in Wilmette).
An offshoot of the Rogers Park eatery with the same name.
In a city blessed with so many Vienna Beef hot dog stands, Wiener and Still Champion stands out, both for its attention to detail and its creativity. The fresh burgers and Chicago hot dogs are among the best of their kind, but it's the more unique offerings that make the trip to this unprepossessing storefront truly worthwhile. The signature item is the Dippin' Dog, a corn dog handmade to order. A large number of dipping sauces—including Argentine herb, garlic aioli, and curry ketchup, among others—go well with the Dippin' Dogs, as well as the hand-cut, double-fried, skin-on fries. And don't tell your cardiologist, but Wiener and Still Champion also offers some of the best country-fried bacon you'll find anywhere. If the owner, Gus, is in the house (as is usually the case) ask him about any off-menu items he may be working on—you're likely to be pleasantly, greasily surprised. Cash only. —Tom Keith
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