If you've ever been camping in a small town in Michigan or Wisconsin ("up north," as some would call it) then you're familiar with the vibe of the Evanston Grill. Wooden paneling covers the entirety of the space, vinyl booths and stools are offered up for seating and posters from food companies provide the only "decoration."
If you're used to the pomp and circumstance of most Chicago brunch places, the Evanston Grill is likely not your cup of tea (or coffee). But for those who like to rough it every once in awhile, the Evanston Grill has what you're looking for, which is cheap eats not likely to tantalize your tongue but sure to fill you up.
The joint serves mainly breakfast, but has a lunch following as well. In the mornings expect to find mainly regulars, including a dedicated group of local cops. Breakfast offerings include french toast, pancakes, eggs and hash browns. There is an Asian-influence to the traditional diner-food menu. For breakfast you can try the teriyaki beef omelet or for lunch the ever-popular bi beem bop, a combination of meat, eggs and veggies served over rice.
Prices range from $2.70 (for a couple eggs) up to an average of $7. The service is friendly and personable from the husband-and-wife team that does most of the cooking and serving. The coffee is fresh, the service quick and you'll actually leave with a few bucks still in your wallet.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Christy Bonstell