Found restaurant unveils opening menu

Found restaurant unveils opening menu



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  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Roasted brussels sprouts with fall squash, harissa & pumpkin seeds at Found

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Kale salad with seeds & cranberries at Found

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Wood-oven roasted whole fish with herbs & citrus at Found

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    At Found in Evanston, the new 25-seat patio is outfitted with eclectic furniture and serves dishes like "knife-and-fork" sandwiches all day. 1631 Chicago Ave, 847-868-8945.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Ginger stout pound cake with pecans, pears & cranberries at Found

Photograph: Martha Williams

Roasted brussels sprouts with fall squash, harissa & pumpkin seeds at Found

Chicken-liver mousse with bacon marmalade. Fried oyster tacos. A French dip sandwich. I knew there was good reason to be excited when restaurateur Amy Morton brought on the very talented Nicole Pederson, formerly of Lula Cafe and C-House, to helm her forthcoming restaurant, Found. The design of the space is inspired by 1920s bohemian Paris and the icons of the Beat Generation, but Pederson's menu (which will change often) is not dripping in absinthe or stained with cigarette burns; it's an eclectic American mix, with everything from housemade tofu to chicken wings. Check it out in the slide show above and full menu below.

Rounding out Pederson's dishes is a locally-driven beverage program overseen by Lee Mosser, with a wine list that includes varietals from Illinois and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Found’s cocktails will showcase nearby distilleries North Shore and FEW, in drinks like A Few Found Fizzes (choice of fruit-infused FEW gin, lemon, sugar, sparkling water) and Wilde’s Folly (North Shore Sirena Absinthe, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, Leopold liqueur, dash of molasses, sarsaparilla, cinnamon). It's all served in a long, narrow storefront, decorated with salvaged furniture, such as old Chicago courthouse benches and other “found” objects  (antique globes and books, old paintings, prints, and mirrors from the old Pump Room). Finally, Morton is committed to having Found be more than its design, its drinks or its food: She is working with Evanston’s Connections for the Homeless in hopes of filling entry-level positions at the restaurant.

Found (1631 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, 847-868-8945) is slated to open November 15 6.

Found opening menu

Selection Cheese 12 
Black Goat 
Smokey Blue
Chef’s Board 14 

Flat Breads 
Sausage and Clams 12 
Bacon and Leek 9
White bean and Peppers 8 
Arugula and Parmesan 8

Kale and swiss chard salad with seeds and cranberries 7
Baby lettuce salad with herbs and sherry vinaigrette 5 
Chicken liver mousse with bacon marmalade and toast 7
Frites with chile ketchup and aioli 4 
Roasted brussels sprouts and squash with harissa and pumpkin seeds 6
Shrimp toast with parsnip pickle slaw 9 
Fried oyster tacos with bacon and tomatillos 10
Lamb meat balls with pistachio chimichurri and yogurt 11 
Farro and braised mushrooms 6 Add a poached farm egg 7 
Chicken wings with smoked chilies, lemon and honey 11
House Made Fried Tofu with basil chermoula  6
Root vegetable stew with garbanzo beans, turmeric, and tofu 14 
Grilled hanger steak with pimentos and smoked almonds 21
Whole roasted branzino with chips and charred lemon 22
Wood oven roasted bone in ribeye with anchovy butter 39 

Knife and Fork Sandwiches 
French dip au jus and onion mustard on whole wheat 9
Roasted chicken with shatta and fresh cheese on sourdough 8 
Squash and mushroom with kale pesto and tofu 8 

Ginger stout pound cake with pecans, pears, and cranberry 6
Chocolate pot de crème and short bread 5
Pumpkin gelato sundae with cream cheese and graham cracker 5

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