Ethnic restaurants in Evanston offer taste of home

Evanston dining offers more than just Panera and Chipotle. Four cherubs searched for the best of their cultures cuisines and share their recommendations for the best international restaurants in Evanston.

Shang Noodle & Chinese

Shang Noodles is furnished with a modern twist but offers traditional Chinese noodles. Photo by Julianne Sun

608 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

As a Chinese international student, Penelope Zhang visited Shang Noodle & Chinese in hopes of finding some familiar food.

“They mostly have Taiwanese noodles, but if you miss or just want Chinese food, you should go to Shang Noodle,” she said.

Zhang said she would recommend Shang Noodle & Chinese to future cherubs.


Mumbai Indian Grill

Mumbai Indian Grill smells like a traditional Indian kitchen. Photo by Julianne Sun

1728 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Ishani Chettri from Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, said she had been craving Indian food since arriving at cherubs. To get her fix of comfort food, Chettri went to Mumbai Indian Grill.

“I ordered chicken biryani,” Chettri said. “Although I thought it could have been spicier, it was pretty good.”

For Chettri, the restaurant reminded her of home. She said anyone who has grown up in an Indian household should go if they’re craving a taste of home and at a good price.

Olive Mediterranean

Olive Mediterranean’s interior is streamlined for people who need food on the go. Photo by Julianne Sun

1726 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

As far as Mediterranean restaurants go, Olive Mediterranean Grill (OMG) is absolutely worth it, according to Lalla-Aicha Adouim of New York City. Adouim is of Moroccan and Thai-Chinese heritage.

“It’s got great food, the waiter was really nice, and I would highly recommend the chicken shawarma,” Adouim said. “Also, any cherubs that are looking for halal meat should go.”

The restaurant is set up like an assembly line, where customers customize a base dish with toppings they would like. Cherubs that are pressed for time can get a quick and delicious meal.


Koco Table

Delicious smells fill Koco Table. Photo by Julianne Sun

720 1/2 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60201

Angie Chung, an international student from South Korea, went to Koco Table, a Korean restaurant.

“It’s really authentic because the people who own the place are Korean,” Chung said. “The quality is also pretty decent.”

If she had to recommend a dish, Chung would suggest the meat stew, since it bears the strongest resemblance to Korean barbecue.