Since opening in 2012, eclectic Evanston restaurant Found has put a unique twist on things, and its weekend meal service is no exception. Rather than the typical Sunday brunch, Found recently launched a Friday-Sunday lunch (11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.), served alfresco on its patio.
Set in Evanston’s quaint and charming downtown, the patio, or “outdoor living room” is furnished similar to the restaurant’s interior with artfully mismatched tables and chairs, each “found” by proprietor Amy Morton. The vibe is very comfortable and homey, setting the perfect scene for shareable dishes such as those on executive chef Nicole Pederson’s menu. Using fresh ingredients sourced from Nichols Farm, Slagel Family Farm, Three Sisters Farm, and other nearby spots, Pederson whips up shareable dishes like a chopped salad with pickled beef hearts, deviled eggs, beets, and baby greens; and a savory bread pudding with market vegetables and baby greens salad. Larger knife and fork sandwiches offer more individual options, such as the open-face smoked salmon salad tartine on a baguette.
Found also prides itself on its beverage list, crafted by the so-called “Lady of Libations,” Jan Henrichsen. Try one of the delicious takes on a Bloody Mary, like the Bloody Maria, with tequila and a red wine float. For teetotalers, the restaurant serves locally made, natural sodas from Season’s Sodas. 1630 Chicago Ave., Evan 847-868-8945