Comfort Food Cravings on Chicago’s North Shore
Fall has officially arrived, which means you’ll probably soon find yourself enjoying a day out hunting for the perfect pumpkin or with friends at a seasonal festival. After all this fall fun, you’ll want to fill up with warm, hearty fare. From bread and soup to pasta and ribs, here are the North Shore restaurants serving up must-eat food for the season.
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Great Harvest Bread Co.
2126 Central St., Evanston
Whether you're making sandwiches using Thanksgiving leftovers or need something to accompany a warm bowl of soup, good bread is a fall must. You'll find just that at Great Harvest Bread Co., which uses some of the best wheat in the world from family-owned farms in Montana and always lives up to its mission to provide "phenomenal tasting food made with freshly-milled whole grains and pure and simple ingredients." Stop by today to discover what seasonal flavors are available.
Johnny’s Kitchen and Tap
1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
Fall means football and hockey season, so the next time you want to watch a game, head to this Glenview staple for some of the best ribs around. Whether you go with a half slab or full, these ribs are wood-fired and cooked slowly in Johnny's special recipe barbecue sauce. Pair your order with fries and a draft beer or glass of wine to complete the meal.
Great Harvest Bread Co., Evanston
Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen
4905 Dempster St., Skokie
If you're hosting guests this fall or need to make Northwestern game-day mornings easy, let this bakery and deli take care of breakfast. Highlighted by USA Today as one of the best bakeries in the country, stop by to order a variety of bagels "made the traditional way — boiled and hearth baked for a great crust and chewy interior." Grab a few different cream cheeses too and your group will be ready for a full day of fall fun in no time.
Johnny's Kitchen and Tap, Glenview
Morton's The Steakhouse
699 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook
On chilly fall nights, enjoy good conversation with friends and family while warming up with a delicious steak dinner. At Morton's The Steakhouse, you'll find only the best USDA Prime-Aged Beef for ribeyes, filet mignon, porterhouses, and more. Pair your steak choice with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, or Creamed Sweet Corn, and start the night with a Maine Lobster Cocktail, Grilled Oysters, or Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella. And if you're not feeling steak, Morton's offers poultry and seafood dishes like Honey-Balsamic Glazed Ora King Salmon and Chicken Bianco.
Kaufman's Bagel & Delicatessen, Skokie
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
Fill up with pasta at this Italian restaurant. From Fettuccine with pancetta, sausage, peas, parmesan, and truffle cream and Braised Beef Ravioli to Nonna's Meat Lasagna and Ricotta & Spinach Gnocchi, all pastas here are made in-house (and by hand!) and are a must-try this season. You can also enjoy daily pasta specials like Lump Crab & Fresh Pea Agnolotti on Tuesdays and Spinach Pappardelle with Maine lobster and spicy tomato cream sauce on Saturdays. End the evening with Chocolate Mascarpone Pie or Warm Apple Crostata.
Morton's The Steakhouse, Northbrook
2743 Pfingsten Road, Glenview
There's no better way to warm up after a day at the pumpkin patch or apple orchard than with a steaming bowl of delicious soup. The selection here changes daily, but you'll find soups like Broccoli Cheddar, Chicken Tortilla, Lobster Bisque, Chicken Pot Pie, and Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque, all served with fresh-baked bread. And Zoup! offers dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free soups, so everyone in your group will be satisfied. Plus, you can pair your choice with additional fare like the Cranberry Almond Sonoma salad, Avocado Mash mac, and the Maple Bacon Ham sandwich.
Beer on Central and North Shore Cider Company
1930 Central St., Evanston and 707 Howard St., Units B & C, Evanston
Whether you're celebrating Oktoberfest or tailgating before the game, you'll probably need some seasonal brews at some point this fall. Stop by Beer on Central to pick up a variety of craft beer, wine, cider, and more to bring home. Or, bring some food and stay for a while to enjoy what's on tap. You can also discover what's on tap at North Shore Cider Company — options could include Mapple, made with maple syrup; Joe, infused with coffee; or Antioch, an elderberry cider. Once you've made your selection — go for a flight if you can't decide on just one — grab a board game and enjoy a leisurely fall afternoon.
L: Beer on Central, Evanston; R: North Shore Cider Company, Evanston
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