Evanston >Food & Dining > Lucky Platter
514 Main St, Evanston, IL | Directions 6020242.033853 -87.678472
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
My second kitchen – I guess we can't all agree! I love this place - it has become my second kitchen. Whenever I get a break for lunch, I love to relax to one of their fabulous salads. The service is so but the atmosphere is quaint and fun.
So Bad, so VERY bad. – My lord, this place sucks!!! The describe themselves as being a "post hippie" "funkalicious" restaurant, but what they actually are is a very pretentious, uncomfortable, ugly, smelly place, with horrible tasting food. I mean REALLY BAD FOOD. They try to be original, putting their own twists on varous recipes, making everything I and my friends have tasted there, WORSE than any other version of the particular food we've had anywhere else. Worst of all, their prices are way too high for what you get. I say this place is a real rip-off, and it's not "funkalicious" it's just FUNKY, in a bad way, not in a fun, hippie way. The place seems to have some following, of certain folks that are taken in by all the hype, but I assure you, anyone who likes this place has VERY LOW STANDARDS in food, and in ambience.
a very poor hamburger – One day I was just craving a burger and decided to give the lucky platter a try. I ordered a takeout burger and sweet potato fries, and walked to go pick them up. Service was good, and the food was ready promptly and was still hot when I made it home. This is where the good stuff ends....
The fries were burnt, and pretty far from tasty. The hamburger was, I consider, very close to awful. It was packed with onions and seasonings, and lord knows what else to make it taste like a bad meatloaf. The cheddar on it was good, but for some reason bacon bits were used instead of strips. Along with most people, I've had my fair share of burgers, and this was by far the worst. I would have rather driven to the store and bought ground beef and a kaiser roll and made my own. I see that others have put great reviews for their breakfast and ambiance, and this may be true, but in my experience, two thumbs down.
fabulous breakfast – This is my standard spot for brunch when I have company. The restaurant makes great eggs benedict, and also has other breakfast options that scored high with my guests. The atmosphere is casual and funky, the waitstaff is friendly and the food is always good. They make yummy cornbread that now has to be requested rather than it being served as a 'snack'. I've had their salads, some egg dishes, blintzes, the yummy strawberry rhubarb pie, some of their sandwiches and one time had a good dinner there too.
Specialties to try: Hibiscus Iced Tea during summer, the Tamarind Lemonade, their pies, the cornbread, the flaky.
Public transportation is easy-there is a bus stop by main street, and both Metra and CTA (purple) have a station nearby. Street parking requires a bit of searching, there is a valet across the street in the evenings.
Good but not Great – I just went here 2 wks ago, the restaurant decor is average but food is unique but good. I had the raisin french toast and hash browns, the toast was encrusted with cereal, made it crispy and unique, had french toast almost everywhere but this was very new, Hash brown also unique and quite good. Service was very poor, was not busy but took a long time to take my order and get my coffee. I would recommend overall, but not the best.
Retro Evanston diner draws a loyal crowd with quirky atmosphere and excellent diner fare. – In Short
A self-proclaimed "sumptuous love nest," this place is comfy and cozy, with a found-art feel. Odd artwork adorns the walls, tinfoil balls dot the ceiling, and lighting makes everything seem strangely space-age. Morning selections run from delightful cinnamon-raisin French toast with syrups like cider or Vermont maple, to eggs Benedict on toasted corn bread. The generous lunch and dinner menu features eclectic selections like Caribbean pumpkin soup, tandoori-grilled salmon and pizza with toppings like shiitake mushrooms.
Yummy – Words cannot describe how this place makes you feel. It's a little like going to a great friends dinner party. Relaxing, and fun to look around at the great decor. The food is so varied from pancakes to sandwiches, salmon I just love it.
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