Evanston Restaurant Week starts a week from tomorrow, on Friday, March 18, with participating restaurants offering fixed-price menus for lunch or dinner.

The event, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, is new this year and is designed to help fill a slack period for many local dining spots while Northwestern University students are out of town on spring break.

“We have an impressive variety of restaurants where even the most discerning foodie can indulge,” says Michael Pure, owner of The Margarita Inn and a chamber board member, and that’s helped make Evanston “Chicagoland’s premier dining destination.”

Restaurant Week lunch specials will start around $20 with dinners in the range of $30 to $40 — with less expensive venues, like Edzo’s Burger Shop, offering meals for two at that price point.

A burger from Edzo’s.

Evanston’s food options include the fine-dining culinary experiences of restaurants like Oceanique, Found and KOI; the dynamic menu creations of trendy options like Boltwood, Peckish Pig, Smylie Bros. and Tapas Barcelona; as well as neighborhood comfort food spots including Bat 17 and YoFresh Yogurt Café. Chamber officials say more restaurants will be joining the list soon.

More information on Evanston Restaurant Week is available on the chamber website.

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