Hours: Lunch: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday; Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Friday & Saturday till 11.
Casual American restaurant located in a former fire station.
Frescoes of fire scenes cover the wall above the bar, shiny poles descend from the ceiling, and the refurbished garage doors are now floor-to-ceiling windows. Old firefighters' hats, jackets, and gas-burning lamps are scattered on high shelves, and framed pictures of Evanston firemen from 1873 hang on the walls. It's a welcome addition to a neighborhood with few casual eateries. The menu is simple and familiar -- quesadillas, fried chicken tenders, and hummus to start, and then mainstays like steak, burgers, a char-grilled chicken breast sandwich, and barbecued ribs. All the sandwiches and entrees come with thin hand-cut fries or salad. The food won't win any awards (and that hash is somewhat soggy and salty), but this is a good stop for an easy weeknight out. There's also a long wood bar framed by two huge TV sets (showing sports, mostly) and a room in back reserved mainly for families. Service is friendly, if imperfect.
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