Last Sunday after a get together at my house, all I was craving was some hair of the dog and good food. Unfortunately, since Andy needed to go to the airport by 4 p.m. our pickings were limited. I wasn’t even taking into account that it was father’s day and Northwestern’s graduation. Every place I called had an hour-long wait or longer, so we just decided to hit the road and stop at the first place we saw. I expected to stop at an Einstein’s bagels at this point so I was pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon Found Kitchen which was open especially for Father’s Day but usually doesn’t open for brunch. Of course, not expecting such a find, I had left my camera at home so excuse the iPhone photos. I’m still kicking myself over that. Guess it’s just an excuse to go back again, right?!
Found Kitchen Review
Found Kitchen is all about season farm-to-table dining that serves American-style tapas. I’m not usually a huge tapas fan because it can get pretty expensive quickly, but we gave it a shot and I was pleased. Everything was reasonably priced between $10-15. There are a few pricier items that are bigger than tapas, like the farm steak, pork chop, or the double cut bone-in New York strip that will run about $30-55. Since they don’t have brunch, we were given the dinner menu. We started off with mimosas (obviously) and ordered the lamb meat balls that had a chimichurri and yogurt sauce, the heirloom baby lettuce salad with blue cheese, pine nuts and a fennel-herb vinaigrette, and then their special flatbread that they were featuring.
The waitress told us to make sure we mixed up the meatballs with the sauce that was on the bottom of the dish. Thank god she did, because by the end of the dish, we were scraping out the last of the chimichurri, yogurt mix from the bottom. The salad was fresh, the dressing was perfect without being too overwhelming but still very tasty. I’m also a huge fan of pine nuts, so I’ll always order anything with pine nuts on it.
The flatbread came next. It was pretty outstanding. It had crisp pork belly, roasted rhubarb, nettle & arugula greens, sauteed green onions, and fontina cheese. If their rotating flatbread is this good, I’m really curious how their other flatbread is, too.
Of course, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and we ordered the twice-fried chicken wings after that. I honestly wish we ordered this first because I wanted to polish off every little bit but I was super stuffed at this point. They were piping hot when they came out, extra crunchy, and super rich (fried in duck fat, maybe?). The only issue I had with it was that it was so hot, I had to keep putting it down!
I will definitely be back to sample their lunch menu next time and also take some time with my DSLR to document the quirky but beautiful interior design. If you guys find yourself in North Shore. Go!
Found Kitchen. 1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL. 847-868-8945