The Logan Square bar, 2758 W. Fullerton Ave., is serving baba ganoush, garlic feta fries and more Mediterranean dishes from Evette’s 5-11 p.m. daily. The partnership started last week and will go on indefinitely.
It’s the latest food menu for Spilt Milk, which has partnered with several restaurants and chefs since opening in 2016.
Evette’s owner Mitchell AbouJamra serves an array of Lebanese pita wraps and tacos at the Lincoln Park location. He tailored the menu to fit the vibe of Spilt Milk, one of his favorite craft cocktail spots in the city, and went with Mediterranean-inspired bar food.
The Logan Square menu includes za’tar Chex Mix, fig jam deviled eggs and popcorn chicken with smoked Aleppo yogurt, among other dishes. For the full menu, go here.
“I don’t think people want to be eating a chicken shawarma wrap while they’re drinking a cocktail, ” AbouJamra said.
Spilt Milk co-owner Tony Selna said the partnership came about after Evette’s contributed to the bar’s Family Meal Monday series. Selna said AbouJamra’s food — which has a lot of salt — pairs perfectly with Spilt Milk’s bright cocktails.
“Having a food element to a bar is so comforting. I’m very, very happy that people want to work with us, like Mitchell,” he said.
A native of Michigan, AbouJamra opened Evette’s at 350 W. Armitage Ave. in Lincoln Park in fall 2020 as a tribute to his Lebanese grandmother, after whom the restaurant is named.
The restaurant’s menu marries Lebanese and Mexican cuisines — Lebanese recipes and techniques AbouJamra learned from his grandmother and Mexican flavors he grew up eating with his father, who lives in Arizona.
Some may not be aware there is overlap between the two cuisines, AbouJamra said.
“Al pastor exists because of Lebanon teaching them shawarma, an homage to the shepherds of Lebanon,” he said.
With Evette’s Logan Square, AbouJamra wants to share his love of both cuisines with the neighborhood. His goal is to open multiple locations across the city. He’s already working on opening ghost kitchens dedicated to his garlic feta fries, which have quickly become a customer favorite.
“This food is special to me. It’s special to my staff. We put that love into the food. … We hope that our love for the food and our attention to detail goes a long way with people,” AbouJamra said.
“If you love Spilt Milk and you love everything they stand for, you’re going to love our food.”
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