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Evanston chow, thanks to newborn son

Richard Scott | Mar 5, 200411:10 PM

Thanks to my son being born this week in Evanston I was able to enjoy some old favorites. Right down the street from the hospital I had my first post-birth meal at Sarkis. There is nothing remarkable about the food here but it is terrific nonethless. The Disater sandwich is my usual choice. The menu decribes it as American sausage but it seems to be a ground beef? patty with lawry's seasoning salt. It comes on French bread with white cheese, and diced onions,green peppers and tomatoes. The hasbrowns come out of huge cartons but are the shredded kind and great.

The second meal was just north of the hospital at the Chuckwagon in Wilmette. It is next to the Wilmette Theater and is even smaller than Sarkis. Had the delcious bomb they call the Nkki Special, a cheeseburger topped with gyros meat.

Also hit Mustard's Last Stand next to Northwestern's football stadium. Great hot dog but disappointing cheese fries. The cheese was the good goopy cheddar but it came on the side in a styrofoam cup and was microwaved before serving.

Last I tied Hecky's for the ribs. They were more tender than South side joints that use the same smokers but very little smoke flavor. Sauce didn't live up to the billing either. As a native of Western Kentucky there isn't any BBQ in Chicagoland that really impresses me but that's my problem and not the BBq joints. When finally able to eat solid foods my wife enjoyed a Ham Loretta sandwich from Sarkis and a Char Dog from Mustard's. Thanks North Shore for giving me something other than hospital food! I hope to have the baby boy on a Sarkis diet as soon as solid foods are allowed.

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