Chicago Tribune recognizes Evanston’s Found in 2014 dining awards

Found Kitchen and Social House was recognized in the Chicago Tribune 2014 Dining Awards.

The newspaper lauded the restaurant, 1631 Chicago Ave., for its “unfussy American cooking,” noting the large crowds and long waits.

“The restaurant was an overnight hit,” reviewers wrote. “The funky resale-shop-chic decor and the literary quotes scrawled on the bar ceiling resonated with those reconnecting to their collegiate-bohemian days.”

Found opened in November 2012 under owner Amy Morton, the daughter of Morton’s steakhouses founder Arnie Morton. 

The restaurant was also named one of Chicago’s best new restaurants by Chicago Magazine in April 2013. 

Morton describes the cuisine as “rustic new American,” including lots of grains and vegetables. Most of the menu is locally sourced. Some of the restaurant staff used to be homeless and were hired through the Evanston-based agency Connections for the Homeless.

Found’s unique name was inspired by Morton’s repurposing of nearly everything in the storefront of the former occupant of the space, the Italian restaurant Gio.

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