The Blind Faith Café in Evanston is my favorite Vegetarian restaurant in the Chicagoland area. It’s not the fanciest or most the gourmet vegetarian restaurant, but I think it’s the most comforting.
At Blind Faith Café, I feel like I’m in the dining room of a friend’s house, eating wholesome homemade food. The atmosphere is comforting with quiet music, warm wood, cozy booths, and green walls. The room is accented with green plants and a simple bouquet on each table. The menu is full of items I wish I cooked myself – eclectic yet homey, flavorful, and filling. Although the menu has changed over the past few years and they no longer carry some of my favorites (I still mourn for the Seitan Marsala!), it now has less fake meat (but still a good amount), making its menu less intimidating to omnivores. Over the years, I’ve had so many wonderful meals here with so many people who are important to me, from my first time with my dear friend Amy, to a trip with my parents visiting from Florida, and for a very special night on my 3rd date with Mike. Each time it was the perfect place for good conversation and comforting food.
I always like to start with the Blind Faith Salad. The entreé portion when split makes the perfect appetizer for two. It’s a perfectly balanced salad of creamy avocado & monterey jack cheese, crunchy cashews, and sweet raisins, lightly dressed with a scrumptious white miso dressing.
Mike and I love the Mongolian Stir-Fry, featuring Seitan, scallions, peppers, & broccoli in a delightfully spicy sauce, served with rice. On each visit, we like to pick two entreés to share. This is almost always one of them, and then we pick something we haven’t tried before for the other entreé.
On our most recent visit, to mix things up, instead of our usual Mongolian Stir-Fry, we ordered the Thai Peanut Noodles. They did not dissapoint! We loved the spicy, peanut-ty sauce – and I especially loved not having to worry about whether their might be fish sauce in it like I do at non-vegetarian restaurants. This bowl was scraped clean when we were through with it.
We also shared the Stuffed Avocado with Quinoa. Mike actually isn’t a big fan of avocados, but thanks to the light, creamy cilantro sauce, he somehow ate 2/3 of this one.
Blind Faith also has a lovely bakery full of wonderful dessert selections, but we are usually too full to try them!
If you are a vegetarian in Chicago and have never been to Blind Faith Café, I highly recommend making the trek at least once to try it. Plan on a relaxing leisurely meal, and make an afternoon or evening of it. It’s easily accessible from the city thanks to the Purple-Line Dempster stop, which is just a block and a half to the west.
After your meal, take a leisurely walk East on Dempster St. to take in some gorgeous homes, and possibly walk on the beach. Do note that from June 11th to Labor Day there is a fee to walk on the beach during it’s operating hours (10:30am – 7:30pm) if you are not an Evanston resident. However, on long summer days, the sun stays out after the beach has closed, making it a great place to watch the sunset (though it’s ‘at your own risk’ when the lifeguards are off duty).
Blind Faith Cafe
- 525 Dempster St
- Evanston, IL 60201