Morseland's dinner menu, available until 10:30 p.m. nightly, serves up classic comfort food with hints of Cajun flavor. Appetizers include buffalo wings ($8 for 10 wings, $14 for 20 wings) and crab cakes ($8), with fresh hummus ($8) and mini veggie burgers ($7) satisfying herbivores. Scale the shaved heights of Morseland's beef and cheddar sandwich ($11), or imprison seafood in the stockade of your stomach with a catfish po' boy ($8). Additional entrees include a Jamaican jerk pork chop ($17) and a 14-ounce hanger steak ($18), with the French Quarter farrago of jambalaya ($17) uniting the estranged carnivore-friendly cousins of shrimp, chicken, and sausage. Daily dinner specials are also available, as is brunch on weekends.
At Habibi Restaurant & Cuisine, the aromas of Middle Eastern spiced meat and kebabs mingle with the fragrant smoke of more than 75 tobacco flavors drifting from the hookah bar. Flavorful veggie stews, fresh salads, and hearty couscous adorn plates with the colorful cuisine of the Levant, and free WiFi and weekend entertainment including live music and belly dancing keeps eyes occupied. Delicate chandeliers illuminate Habibi’s plush couches, soft cushion seats, and rows of tables dressed in red linens. Ancient Egyptian sentinels stand guard over half-finished dinners, peering down from artwork hanging from the dimly lit walls.
The Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create:
Theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper.
Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.
Bartenders at The Money Shot Restaurant & Lounge pour cocktails by the shakerful, and ovens bake American and Italian cuisine, including Roman-style pizzas with thin, house-made crusts. Always attending to sports fans, the restaurant projects big games or referee pageants on a 100-inch projection screen and two 46-inch flat-screen TVs equipped with surround sound. In the evening, bands drum out live tunes, comedians crack jokes, and rappers dish tips on properly estimating the amount of paper it will take to gift-wrap Ja Rule's birthday present. Tuesday-night trivia contests mine noggins for tidbits of information on categories such as pop culture and history. As diners participate in a variety of events, platters of favorite Italian fare such as pizzas, bruschetta, chicken parmesan, and garlic Ferraris accompany frosty brews and mixed cocktails.
The spirit of rock 'n' roll is alive and well at 27 Live, a restaurant, lounge, and performance venue named to honor members of the 27 Club—rock stars such as Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison who died at age 27. The restaurant's seasonal menu puts a modern twist on American classics using local ingredients, hand-ground meats, and house-made breads and pastas. Upstairs in the whiskey lounge, craft brews pour from taps, and local bourbons are delivered to discerning palates. 27 Live's partnership with independent distillery and fellow Evanston culinary anchor FEW Spirits means the restaurant graces glasses with custom libations. If not eating at a table or clinking glasses in the lounge, patrons are relaxing in candlelight on leather sofas in the private VIP suites amid wooden beams and exposed-brick walls. In addition, 27 Live's stage and sound system host various musical performances, which guests can take in while sitting, dancing, or doing the coolest move of all—The Sitting Man.
Al Capone was a regular at this former speakeasy, and you’ll likely meet equally colorful personalities if you stick around until closing time at 4 a.m. On stage, musicians belt out roots rhythms and improvised jazz lines seven nights a week. Behind the bar, a trapdoor leads to a secret area used to hide alcohol during Prohibition.