Subway: Purple to Central(847) 869-7636 jillyscafe.com42.064827 -87.699336 2614 Green Bay Rd (at Central St) Evanston, North Suburbs
Brunch (Sun), lunch (Tue–Fri), dinner (closed Mon)Average main course: $22
It’s definitely the food that puts this unassuming Evanston bistro high on the date-night list. Nothing’s more of a turn-on than superb French-American chow for cheap. Dinner starts with fantastic sourdough bread, impossibly creamy butter and silky pâté. Refreshing pinot noir sorbet follows the appetizers, leading to notable entrées such as New Zealand venison with Door County cherries, seared Alaskan halibut and delicate wild mushroom risotto. If your date is a day-sipper, this is the place for a posh Champagne brunch.