America’s amazing and vast culinary heritage is the inspiration for Prairie Moon restaurant. In 2002 The Moon, as locals call us, opened to bring true regional American cuisine to Evanston and Chicago in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Dishes prepared authentically, but with a “Moon-twist”, like our Pine-Nut Trout, Cedar-Planked Salmon, a variety of Po’Boys, Brick Chicken, Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffée, and Martha’s Vineyard Salad are popular favorites and have been on our menu for years. But our travels and our curiosity about American cooking keeps us fresh and coming up daily specials derived from all corners of the US.
We serve lunch and dinner seven days per week and have a fantastic Sunday brunch menu with one of the best omelettes on either side of the Mississippi. Vegetarians have plenty to feast on as well, like our Three Sisters Hash made from roasted butternut squash, toasted corn, white beans, sweet peppers, onions, roasted potatoes, garlic sauce.
Prairie Moon pours Evanston’s most unique selection of small batch and craft beers, spirits, and wines, highlighting the best from the United States and around the world. And if you want local, Prairie Moon is the place to be. We make proudly serve a wide variety of Chicago and Evanston- brewed beer and spirits.
As a side note, we’ve been around so long that Prairie Moon is one of the first restaurants to hold a liquor license in the home city of the Temperance movement.
In 2018 we relocated from our original spot on Sherman Ave to our current location at 1635 Chicago Ave in Evanston at Church Street near Northwestern University. You’ll find ample street and garage parking in this location.
It’s unique to any restaurant in Evanston: come on down to a large, high-ceiling basement with the coolest bar in town. The vintage, art-deco era backbar was originally from a an old joint in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. We remade the bar top from recycled flooring from a bowling lane near our other restaurant, Wheatberry Tavern, in Buchanan, Michigan
The expansive but comfortable dining room features rustic wood tables, a semi-private party room and the walls are adorned with the work of local artists. And, of course, the room is filled the smells of delicious scratch cooking!
We strive to continue to be an integral member of the Evanston community, in which our owners and many of our staff live. We are home to many fundraisers and sponsors of local events, non-for-profit organizations, clubs and teams.
We value our locals and passers-through like family. You’ll almost always see one of the owners or familiar face as most of our wonderful staff has been with us for quite a long time.
So, whether you want a burger and beer at the bar, or celebratory feast, come on down to The Moon, have a pint, some great American food, and let’s get to know each other.
Thank you and we can’t wait to serve you!
Rob, Tony, Mike and the rest of us at The Moon!