If you find yourself lost (and hungry) in Evanston, lose yourself at Found.
Dining at Amy Morton’s — yes, that Morton — new restaurant is like stepping into Gertrude Stein’s 1920s Parisian salon: beautifully mismatched furniture; brassy sound track by Chicago’s favorite music curator, Scottie McNiece (Au Cheval, Bavette’s); yellowing books and oriental rugs. A loose, creative energy permeates the space.
Nicole Pederson (Lula Cafe, C-House) doles heaping portions of luscious locavore fare highlighting grains and veggies: kale and Swiss chard with cranberries, shrimp toast with parsnip pickle slaw, wheatberries with mushrooms and soft herbs.
Share heartier plates (root vegetable stew, grilled hanger steak), flatbreads (sausage and clam), and knife-and-fork sandwiches (French dip au jus) with friends.
End with ginger stout pound cake, creamy chocolate pot de creme, or a pumpkin gelato sundae.
Good luck trying to leave.
Found, 1631 Chicago Avenue, at Church Street, Evanston (847-868-8945 or foundkitchen.com).
Photo: James Atkins / Courtesy of Found