It may seem unnecessary to go to a dentist in Skokie, or a hairdresser in Evanston, since there are so many options closer to home. Besides my confidence in my dentist and my hairdresser, I like to have an excuse to go to Evanston, and try to co-ordinate my appointments in the area, leaving time for lunch, and a visit to one of my favorite antique shops, Secret Treasures.
Often, my choice of restaurant is determined by where I can find a place to park. This last week, I was steps away from Lyfe Kitchen, and made that my stop for lunch. Approaching the entrance, I crossed the plaza of the building, which had quite a bit of outdoor seating for the restaurant. Once inside, I found the restaurant airy, urban, and inviting.
The ceiling calls for special mention. It is very sculptural and the recessed lighting is attractive. The patron has three choices of water – chilled, carbonated, and one other. The flatware is substantial and well designed. Other unusual features were the herb “condominium” – a three-tiered structure under grow lights with labels on the
Now on to the food. There is a stand with menus adjacent to the entrance. The patron can choose from an “E” menu, (for people who can eat everything)
a “V” menu (vegetarian), a “GF” menu (gluten free) and a
“W and B” menu (for wine and beer).
At the counter, I ordered a gluten free sandwich with grilled chicken and avocado. I was given a GPS device to take to my table to guide the server when she came with my order. My sandwich was well-prepared – flavorful, and the chicken was not overcooked or rubbery. It was just a bit crispy, but tender. Perfect. The plate had a garnish of greens with carrot shaving. But that was all. I felt the plate should have had something more – maybe fries, chips, or a serving of salad. I left somewhat hungry.
Once home, I checked the reviews for Lyfe Kitchen, and found several other reviewers with the same complaint – not enough to eat. One reviewer said the meal seemed more like an appetizer. I contacted the restaurant through their website, saying that they seemed to have so many things right, but felt that they need to provide the patron with a more generous serving of food. I was pleased to get a very prompt response, not just to my initial email, but also to the follow-up message I sent.
The Evanston location is quite new. It has many things going for it, and seems to be a good fit with the Evanston market. It will be interesting to follow up and see if they provide a more generous meal.