Two’s a coincidence, but three’s a trend.
Bat 17, 1709 Benson Ave., has claimed the Best Evanston Restaurant title for the third year in a row and not without good reason. The sandwich shop/bar/breakfast place has a lot to offer — literally. Bat 17 isn’t cheap, but it doesn’t skimp on its portions. Order a regular size sandwich for a hearty serving or a full size one if you’re in the mood for a feast. There’s variety, too, from the classic turkey or corned beef to tilapia or pastrami, and a selection of sliders and juicy 10-ounce burgers. If you’re not a meat lover, Bat 17 has a sizable salad and vegetarian sandwich menu. But the star of the show is really the unexpected kick you get from the restaurant’s spicy potato salad.
Bat 17 also doubles as a well-stocked bar with tons of drink specials and offers a breakfast menu that would do Ron Swanson proud. It’s no wonder it’s an Evanston mainstay.
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