Hearth Restaurant in Evanston (1625 Hinman Avenue), located in The Homestead hotel in the space formerly occupied by Quince, is a dynamic and delicious addition to Evanston’s expanding dining scene.
The food is creative, locally sourced, and beautifully plated. I enjoyed an appetizer of seared Ahi tuna served with avocado purée, soy caramel, and candied cilantro. The tuna was delicious, fresh, and flavorful–the soy caramel added an unexpected kick that made me smile. I completed my dinner with a half order of earthy mushroom ravioli, plus colored cauliflower tossed with red quinoa and golden raisins. Everything was delicious.
Dessert was tangy, homemade ginger sorbet, and the bill was presented with chocolate ganache candies. The staff is friendly and attentive, and encourages diners to enjoy their food without feeling rushed.
Hearth’s menu is also friendly toward vegetarian and gluten free diners with acceptable dishes discreetly marked on the menu. The menu changes seasonally — it will be exciting to see what the chef has in store come summer’s bounty. Reservations for dinner suggested by telephone (847-570-8400) or via Open Table. Come hungry.