Eat & Drink

With over 170 restaurants, Evanston is known as "The Dining Capital of the Northshore". Here's a small sampling of a few dozen favorites located within a five-minute walk of Drupalcamp Chicago:

  • Bars and Pubs
  • Coffee and Tea
  • American
  • Asian
  • Dessert
  • Fast Food
  • Fine Dining
  • Italian
  • Pizza
  • Vegetarian

Bars and Pubs

Indigo Lounge

1710 Orrington Avenue Located on the ground floor of the Hotel Orrington, the Indigo is well-known for its great martinis.

1800 Club

1800 Sherman Avenue Known as "The Hundo", this no-frills bar is a great place to mingle with Northwestern students.

Celtic Knot

626 Church Street This Irish pub serves really great food and has a welcoming, down-to-earth atmosphere.

Tommy Nevin's Pub

1450 Sherman Avenue This Irish-American pub is a good place to have a drink and catch the big game.

Bar Louie

1520 Sherman Avenue The Evanston location of this popular chain is well-known for its fantastic burgers.

Coffee and Tea

Argo Tea

1596 Sherman Avenue


1621 Chicago Avenue A well-known hangout for Northwestern students, Kafien has lots of booths and couches to sit in for late night conversations

The Unicorn Cafe

1723 Sherman Avenue You'll often see Northwestern students and faculty at this downtown institution renowned for its bagels and coffee.

Peet's Coffee and Tea

1622 Chicago Avenue


1724 Sherman Avenue


Bat 17

1709 Benson Avenue Amazing sandwiches and great drinks, too!

Buffalo Joe's

812 Clark Street A great array of burgers, sandwiches, and some of the best wings you've ever had


720 Clark Street A delicious and affordable option for breakfast or any time of the day. ‎

Davis Street Fishmarket

501 Davis Street

Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop

825 Church Street

Globe Cafe & Bar

1710 Orrington Ave A cafe and bar located in the same building as the Orrington

Merle's Barbeque

1727 Benson Avenue

Prairie Moon

1502 Sherman Avenue



1710 Orrington Avenue This upscale sushi restaurant is located in the same building as the Orrington

Cozy Noodles & Rice

1018 Davis Street

Joy Yee's Noodle Kitchen

521 Davis Street


624 Davis Street


804 Davis Street

Mount Everest

630 Church Street

Olive Mountain

610 Davis Street

Pine Yard Restaurant

1033 Davis Street

Sashimi Sashimi

640 Church Street

Thai Sookdee

1016 Church Street


Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop

1634 Orrington Avenue

Cold Stone Creamery

1611 Sherman Avenue

JK Sweets

720 Clark Street A combination soda fountain, ice cream shop, and Korean food spot that serves fantastic desserts and legendary Bi Bim Bop.

Red Mango

809 Davis Street

Fast Food

Al's Beef

622 Davis Street

Burger King

1740 Orrington Avenue


711 Church Street


1740 Sherman Avenue

Jimmy John's

824 Clark Street

Noodles & Company

930 Church Street

Panera Bread

1700 Sherman Avenue


630 Davis Street

Taco Bell

1743 Sherman Avenue

Fine Dining

Chef's Station

915 Davis Street 847.570.9821 Located underneath the Metra station, Chef's Station offers an approachable fine dining experience, with amazing cuisine and one of the best wine lists in town.

Pete Miller's Steak House

1557 Sherman Avenue 847-328-0399

The Stained Glass

1735 Benson Avenue 847.864.8600

Va Pensiero

1566 Oak Street 847.475.7779


Bravo Cucina Italiana

1701 Maple Avenue

Dave's Italian Kitchen

1635 Chicago Avenue An Evanston institution for decades, this spacious restaurant has some of the best values in Italian food around


1631 Chicago Avenue


Carmen's Pizza

1014 Church Street


500 Davis Street

Lou Malnati's

1850 Sherman Avenue

Papa John's

1743 Benson Avenue


Blind Faith Cafe

525 Dempster Street 847.328.6875 It's a bit of a hike from the Orrington (probably a 10-15 minute walk), but this restaurant serves a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes.