Much has already been written about Found Kitchen & Social House, the anticipated new restaurant from Amy Morton with Nicole Pederson (C-House) as its chef. Originally, they had targeted to open Oct. 23, but now after some final tweaks, they're swinging open the doors tonight.
The eclectic, rustically designed Evanston restaurant features vintage pieces—couches, tables, lights, antler chandeliers and more—and feels like someone's home, which was really Morton's goal when pulling the space together. Found is separated into four distinct spaces—the dining hall, the kitchen counter, the library and the map room—and Morton pays homage to her steakhouse mogul father, Arnie Morton, through sepia-toned photographs hung throughout the restaurant and other little touches.
And the food? Pederson said her menu would reflect her Midwestern roots with a bit of influence from French technique.
She has pulled together a beautiful menu of small plates (chicken liver mousse with bacon marmalade; fried tofu with basil chamula; chicken wings with smoked chiles; and fried oyster tacos with bacon and cabbage) priced between $4 and $12; flat breads (sausage and clams; white bean and pepperade) between $8 and $12; knife-and-fork sandwiches (french deep au jus; kale, fall squash and mushroom); select entrees like a hanger steak and whole roasted fish; and a $14 chef's board. Kids and caviar menus are also available upon request. Check out the full menu below.
Pederson and Morton [Photo: Huge Galdones]