Hot Dog Island

Corners of Gross Point and Central Street

In Evanston/Skokie

4925 Dempster St
Skokie, IL 60077 - 2256
(847) 763-8282


This place has been here forever.  What else are they going to do with the land that is surrounded by roads on all three sides?

Greasy spoon? Yes, but sometimes you just have to have it.

Suggested Meal: Hotdog, Coke and Cheese Fries.  Their Cheese fries are the BEST I've ever had!


2632 Gross Point Rd.

Evanston, IL 60201



A north shore tradition for years.  The best fast breakfast you will ever have.  Run by a lawyer, you gotta love Chicago.

Suggested Meal: 2 Lorettas and a side of Disaster and Hash.


335 Ridge Rd

Wilmette, IL  60091


They make their Italian dressing from scratch, it is fantastic!  This small hole in the wall has been around for a while and used to have a couple locations.  This appears to be the last one that is open.  Don't let that scare you away, their pizza is top notch and their Italian sandwiches are great!

Suggested Meal: Pepperoni and Sausage deep dish -or- Italian sub with extra Sauce

Francesco's Hole in the Wall

254 Skokie Blvd
Northbrook, IL 60062 - 1612


This Restaurant just closed down, and it definitely wasn't due to the amount of people

This small restaurant does not take credit cards, does not take reservations, and does not seat that many people.  What it does do is serve up fresh, tasty Italian food.  This one is moderately priced, but worth every penny.

Suggested Meal:  Any

Chuck Wagon

1120 Central Ave

Wilmette, IL 60091

(847) 256-0120

Another small place, but if there is room you are in luck!  Their double cheeseburgers melt in your mouth.

Suggested Meal: Double Cheesburger Fries and a Coke -or- Nikki's Special Fries and a Coke


1001 Davis St.

Evanston, IL  60201


They make their sausage fresh making their sausage pizza a very rare treat.  I don't think they get their sauce from a can, it is light and just right.

Suggested Meal: Thin Crust Sausage Pizza

  Buffalo Joe's

812 Clark St.

Evanston, IL  60201


Who doesn't like wings?  These are extra flavorful and fresh.  A Northwestern Student's favorite place.  They are open late. (midnight)

Suggested Meal: Order of Spicy Wings and Cheddar buffalo chips.

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