Restaurants & Food


Foodstuffs has been providing the highest quality gourmet foods and services to discerning Chicagoland shoppers for over 30 years. With full-service catering and online shopping, we are conveniently located for all your gourmet food needs. Foodstuffs specializes in providing our customers with uncompromised top quality prepared foods; including homemade appetizers, soups, entrees, salads, sauces, breads and pastries. Our customers will also find fine pates and cheeses, fresh seafood, quality meats, custom made sandwiches, build your own salads and unique shelf products. Our courteous and knowledgeable staff is trained to help you with any questions you may have about our products and services. We look forward to helping to make your daily routine special and your special events memorable!  

2106 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
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Backlot Coffee

Backlot Coffee is an independent, neighborhood coffee house. We are focused on serving our community with exceptional, locally roasted coffee, small eats, and authentic gelato.

2012 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Tag's Bakery

Since 1937, Tags Bakery in Evanston has always maintained a high level of quality, creating fresh-baked goods daily. The bakery serves cakes, cookies, pastries, and their world famous Florentines confections.

2010 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201


You know that feeling….when you just want comfort and home? Familiar faces, tasty food that reminds you of Mom’s home cooking, and a friendly smile. Welcome to Bluestone! Your home away from home, we strive to give you a great experience everytime you walk in the door. Wanting to bring the Chicago style neighborhood restaurant to Evanston, Bluestone was the very first. Always family run it’s maintained that hometown feel. When you come into Bluestone and look up, you will notice there are over 250 pin flags from all over world. The flag collection was born from John’s love of the game that began at Peter Jan’s as a boy. He would take the L from Dempster to Central street with his friends from St. Mary’s School and hit the course. Fresh ingredients, menu variety, and affordable prices have always been standards. We take pride in our fresh fish, and daily specials. The sizzling burgers, paper thin pizza, smoked wings, and the legendary key lime pie have become staples on Central Street and beyond!

1932 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Pinto Thai Kitchen

Petite storefront serving Thai curries & noodle dishes along with some Chinese and Japanese items.  

1931 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Prairie Joe's

For over twenty-four years Prairie Joe's has worked to combine worldly and eclectic culinary influences with the classic diner food experience, all while providing the level of service you could only expect from a family-owned business. While our cheeseburgers and fries are timeless, we are especially known for our lunch and brunch specials. Everything from lamb patties to Mexican-inspired fried pork and unique vegetarian dishes can be found on our daily specials menu. As a proud member of the Central Street Business Association, we are happy to serve you. When you stop at our restaurant, be sure to take in our one-of-a-kind interior and eye-catching art, handmade by our own chief cook.

1921 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Symphony's Cafe

Italian and American food

1945 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Curt's Cafe

Curt's Cafe presents an opportunity to “dine with purpose”, by enjoying great food and helping the community at the same time. Operated by food service professionals who love freshly brewed coffee, homemade pastries, inspired sandwiches and salads, while also believing in giving back to the community by providing training to at-risk youth in Evanston in both food service and life.

2922-24 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201

Bake 425

At bake425°, there are no shortcuts. Our dedication to crafting premium bake-at-home pizzas means we use only the highest quality local and organic ingredients in our recipes. Each of our pizzas and salads are designed by our artisan baker to showcase the amazing flavors of ingredients sourced from nearby farms and producers. We are committed to freshness, which is why we grow our own herbs on our living wall, hand-craft our creamy fresh mozzarella cheese, and culture our own yeast for our crisp-yet-airy crusts. Pair our pizzas with a bottle of craft beer or wine for a simple yet satisfying meal.

2122 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 424-1400

Beth's Little Bake Shop

Beth’s Little Bake Shop features Beth’s eye catching and mouth watering creations ranging from perfectly iced cakes to her more rustic breakfast pastries. Her creations have a European taste with an American flair. We use the very best ingredients when we are baking at Beth’s Little Bake Shop. We make everything from scratch and love to use local ingredients. Using real butter, sugar, the best dairy and locally sourced ingredients, we are able to create our outstanding pastries we know you will love. We bake all of the breakfast pastries early in the morning and you will love the fresh out-of-the-oven taste. Our cakes and cupcakes are meticulously iced and decorated and you will be thrilled to show them off. Our macarons are painstakingly piped, filled, and aged to perfection. We know that no matter what you taste from Beth’s you will be in a state of bliss!

1814 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201
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Ten Mile House

In 1836, Major Edward H. Mulford established the original Ten Mile House.  Combining a tavern, post office, inn and courthouse, Ten Mile House served as the social and economic center of the community now known as the City of Evanston. 178 years later, Ten Mile House restaurant reestablishes the area’s first public gathering point and continues the tradition of hospitality.  Neighbors and area visitors alike are welcome to enjoy our thoughtful comfort food in a vibrant, welcoming setting just steps from Northwestern University. Ten Mile House is an ideal venue for a variety of experiences, including family-friendly dining, game day gatherings, after-work get-togethers, a casual night out and more.

1700 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
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Mustard's Last Stand

Mustard's has been serving up delicious Vienna Beef Hot Dogs and Alpha Baking (S. Rosens) Buns to customers for almost half a century!  Mustard’s Last Stand was opened by Jerry Starkman in 1969. Jerry still owns and manages Mustard’s with his sons Steve Starkman (Karen, Ryan & Nick) and Lonnie Starkman (Michelle, Eric & Rachel). With help from long-time employees Keith Woods, Valadia Pazand, Steven Pazand, Angel Alvarado and Sam Licea. Their mission as one of Chicago’s most renowned Hot Dog Stands & Restaurant, is to carry on a family tradition by not only providing excellent customer service, but also retain customer loyalty by providing the same quality year after year.

1613 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Old Neighborhood Grill

Counter-serve option for American & Greek basics in a cozy, wood-accented space with homey touches

2902 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 492-9500

Beer on Central

We have a passion for beer that we hope to spread throughout the community. We support local breweries and businesses. It is important to us to create and maintain a loyal customer base through a wide selection of craft beer, daily opportunities to sample beer, and knowledgeable staff. Large selection of cold and room temperature craft beer. A small quantity of craft spirits, wine, cider and mead also available. Stop in to taste & drink craft beer from 8 rotating taps while browsing through our large selection craft beer. Selected Breweries provide free tastings. Private parties are welcomed with advanced notice.

1930 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 905-0951
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