There is no shortage of great dining options on Chicago’s North Shore, but we still get excited when new restaurants open their doors. From Thai and Italian to coffee and beer, everything these spots are serving is really, really good. Go see for yourself – check out these new restaurants on Chicago’s North Shore!
Granite City Food & Brewery
992 Willow Road, Northbrook
The highlight of this restaurant is a brewery where signature beers and seasonal brews are made on site. But, you’ll also find delicious food, including Batch 1000 BBQ Pork Nachos, Maple Pepper Bacon and Tomato Flatbread, Braised Bison Short Ribs and Jumbo Sea Scallops with Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto. You can also visit on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch.
1622 Orrington Ave., Evanston
Looking for authentic Thai food? Your quest just might be over. This brand new restaurant (it opened in early November) is serving Southern Style Fried Noodles, Tofu Steak, Coriander Crispy Shredded Beef Brisket and Chilean Sea Bass, just to name a few of the tasty options on their menu.
Although not completely new, this is now one stop dining with three great (favorite) options. After the original restaurant was destroyed in a fire, Taco Diablo is back on Davis Street in Evanston with tacos (lamb barbacoa, grilled snapper, potato, etc.), enchiladas, salads, margaritas and more. Upstairs you’ll find Five & Dime, a rooftop bar and grill serving favorites from Lulu’s Dim Sum, which will also re-open at this location.
Terra & Vine
1701 Maple Ave., Evanston
Alpana Singh, master sommelier and proprietor of The Boarding House and Seven Lions in Chicago, has opened her newest restaurant, Terra & Vine, in Evanston. This Italian Mediterranean destination features pizzettes like Duck Confit and Italian Sausage, pasta dishes including Shrimp Calabrese and Mushroom Orecchiette, and wood fired specialties like Grilled Swordfish and Steak Florentine. Plus, there’s a gluten-free menu. Whatever you decide to order, don’t forget to pair it with the perfect cocktail or glass of wine.
Rear 1016 Church St., Evanston
Amy Morton and Chef Nicole Pederson, the team behind Found Kitchen and Social House, have opened this new “meat-centric dining experience” that’s tucked away in an Evanston alley between Davis and Church and Maple and Oak streets. The three steaks (12 ounce New York, 16 ounce Ribeye and 10 ounce Tenderloin) are the highlight here, but nightly specials include lasagna (Tuesday), chicken pot pie (Wednesday) and roasted duck (Friday).
Whiskey Thief Tavern
616 Davis St., Evanston
This cool new spot in Evanston features amazing decor, but even better food. Start with poutine or chicken wings before trying a burger or falafel sandwich and finishing with churros or creme brûlée. Pair your order with the Liquid Sunshine or Hanging Acrobat cocktail. Brunch is also served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.