Could it be any other?
New Yorkers have Katz’s Delicatessen, Bostonians love the Union Oyster House, Los Angelenos have a special spot in their hearts for Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles and Evanstonians love Bat 17 — with a heaping side of sweet potato fries, of course.
The intimate sports bar and sandwich shop located at 1709 Benson Ave. has captured best restaurant for the fifth-straight year. The streak has been made possible by the restaurant’s extensive lineup of sandwiches, which ranges from giant burgers like the K-2 Bat 17 Burger to vegetarian options like the towering Funky Monkey. Featuring numerous televisions, collegiate decor and tasty options from open to close, it’s not hard to understand the restaurant’s popularity.
Readers also voted Bat 17 Best Sandwich this year, the second-straight year it has topped the category.
“We try to source as much as we can locally. It’s more expensive than a lot of places, and it’s more expensive than any sandwich place around, but that’s because we use quality. We think that people recognize quality over cheaper products,” co-owner Jim Hurley said. “The food is what puts us above the rest.”
Bat 17’s breakfast menu is a favorite, and it includes variations on french toast and a breakfast BLT. The restaurant also has a full bar with 19 beers on tap.
Though clearly not a budget option, Bat 17 has won Evanston’s heart for the past half-decade thanks to its mammoth portions and well-crafted sandwiches (made with bread from nearby Bennison’s Bakery). It’s no wonder this favorite of the Northwestern and local communities alike remains atop its perch in the Evanston dining scene.
– Tim Balk