D’Andre Carter acquired an appreciation for barbecue at an early age, when he helped his grandma prepare Sunday dinners for family and friends. After working at some of Chicago’s premier restaurants, Carter partnered with Heather Bublick to open Soul & Smoke, a fast-casual joint featuring slow-cooked meats, with impressive attention to detail. Spring for musts like smoked brisket, mac and cheese, and cornbread muffins, and go big on the sauce—it’s Chef’s signature creation.
Located just north of Chicago, Evanston is best known as the home of Northwestern University but it also boasts gorgeous beaches and an excellent dining scene. The city is full of contrasts—delicious dives and amazing bakeries complement elegant steakhouses and seafood restaurants—and brand new concepts thrive alongside decades-old institutions. Some spots are delivery- and takeout-only, so you’ll want to bring your food to a park or one of the tables at Fountain Square. Whatever you’re looking for, hop on the Purple Line or Metra and check out one of the best restaurants in Evanston.
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