Saw this place on the Hungry Hound and had to try it. Decor: Nothing to scream about, plain simple, and neat. Seats about 40 peeps, and it is BYOB. Shared bathroom, small but clean. There is no direction as to how you order your food, you pretty much have to ask the customers. Anywho, you order at the counter, get a ticket and wait. Food: My daughter ordered the Baby Catfish, Spaghetti and Broccoli. The fish was ok, needed some seasoning, as did the pasta, it was really bland. The broccoli was very over cooked and bland, no crunch to it at all. I ordered the Shrimp Crawfish and Grits. That was probably the best I’ve ever had, bar none, delicious. Service: Certain items are cooked to order. They told us it would be a 20 minute wait on the fish. Your number is called when your food is ready. We waited 52 Minutes, we ordered at 2:28pm and received our meals at 3:20pm. SO NOT GOOOOD!! And the worst part of this experience was the Styrofoam containers, plastic utensils, yuk… Will we go back, sure in about 6+ months. They seriously need to work on their time management.
A good friend of mine recommended this place & despite them closing relatively early in the evening I made an extra effort to get here ASAP. His suggestion was solely the lobster tails & boy was he right! They were damn near seasoned to perfection! The three small tails came with a large serving of regular french fries. I also had the Shrimp & Crawfish with cheesy grits & I have to admit that the dish lacked flavor overall. Lastly the fried Catfish, corn & squash were equally as bland. Although I got 3 complete entrees I felt that the place was a bit overpriced. There’s free parking on the street starting after 6pm which is also the time they close. Overall I’d return but the only reason would be the extremely tasty lobster tails. The staff are some of the warmest people you’d ever meet also.
Listen!! Evelyn’s Food Love is definitely a hidden gem and now dining hot spot on the South side of Chicago! If I could describe this place in word it would be…FRESH!! The quality of each item on the menu is top-notch…no complaints. The ambiance…FRESH…the customer service…reFRESHing!! I can say that without hesitation because I’ve had just ALMOST everything on the menu. The moment you enter the place you feel the love and smell the love and passion that is put into preparing each dish. Good things come to those who wait so just know that when it’s crowded you may wait a little longer for your food. It’s not a fast food joint so I don’t expect my food to come out well, ummmm fast. The ambiance is very urban trendy, relaxing chill vibe and the staff from the front to the back are absolutely wonderful. It’s a great place to visit frequently if you, well ummm…love food. The soul food, seafood, brunch, burgers, etc., etc., etc. are just “fyelicious” goodness!! I implore you to check out this fabulous dining hot spot nestled on State Street in the Washington Park neighborhood. When you visit Evelyn’s Food Love, please try the following: anything from the “soul” food menu, the catfish po’boy, the apple cilantro turkey burger (Listen, fyeliciousness), and anything from the dessert menu! I cannot wait to get back there for their weekend brunch and try these peach cobbler and red velvet pancakes I keep hearing about! I say Kudos to Chef Evelyn and her team for bringing this much needed dining establishment to the South side. Keep doing what you’re doing. I look forward to frequent visits to Evelyn Food Love and each time I go I plan to bring a new guest with me!
So happy I stopped here ! I was driving pass on my way to church and I saw people sitting at the window bar eating & became curious. I stopped in just to see the menu & they were putting out the hot food (it was exactly 12pm). I originally wanted breakfast but was told it ends at 12, but the food that was brought out looked so good i didn’t have taste for breakfast anymore! I wanted to try The crawfish shrimp & grits but the hot food was sooo appealing I just had to go for it. & I knew it was fresh because they were just bringing it up! I decided to go with the roasted chicken mac & cheese & greens. The chicken was AMAZING! The sides were good & the greens were cooked with smoked turkey (a winner for none pork eaters like thy celfiè) ! The Food was so good I planned my next Sunday date there! That’s when I’ll try the shrimp & grits! I hope it’s just as good!
The shrimp and crawfish cheesy grits have changed my life…. seriously! I swear I’ve not tasted shrimp and grits that can compete with EFL shrimp and crawfish cheesy grits. Each time I order it taste exactly the same, good af! After a night on the town the next day I need a hearty meal that’s not too heavy but also not too light to revive me… This is my go to spot, my go to meal! As far as I’m concerned EFL’s shrimp and crawfish cheesy grits dish is a part of Chicago’s culinary legacy just like mild sauce and Harold’s chicken. Hands down the best! As long as she’s open and serving this dish(and please don’t stop) I’ll be ordering it! Thank you for fulfilling your dreams and opening this restaurant and teaching the world how shrimp and grits are REALLY done!
Went into today with my boyfriend . The food was tasty but cold. The rice was salty and overcooked. The gravy was thick and clumpy. The cornbread muffin taste like it was deep fried in fish grease.
Let me start by saying this review is long over due. I’ve eaten from Evelyn’s 5 times this year and that’s a lot for me . I’m always greeted by Evelyn’s warm and kind spirit. The first time I vishe explained to how the menu changes everyday and the sides change as well. I’m in love with the baked flavorful catfish , cheesy and creamy baked macaroni and I need the recipe to the cabbage mixed with the greens lol because they taste like heaven . I promise next time I visit I will try something new but I just can’t give up the cabbage with the greens .
Haven’t even had the damn food but the lady with EVELYN on her apron gas the worst damn attitude ever, horrible customer service. I ask the prices of the sides and basically doesn’t want to tell me the prices. Then states “I don’t want to tell you the prices of the sides” mind you it was only 4 fucking sides!!!! I wish the original order taker had continued taking my order, she was very pleasant. The owner if she was is just horrible!!! If you order anything don’t let her serve or wait on you for carryout. Please let this food be nasty! I try and support my Black Business but this type of service I can’t deal with.
Well, they don’t seem to be open consistently which is quite irritating. I have to send my kids or family to other soul food places instead. You go one day cool, next day private event, next day only open 4 hours. Idk I’m trying to support..
I have been to this lovely place for the second time and the food was just as good as the first time. I had the crawfish shrimp and grits it was amazing. Evelyn is so amazing. She makes you feel so welcome. I bought my nephew for the first time and she came out and taked to him like she knew him. Who can not love a place that can make you feel so welcome. Will be going again.