Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park

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Located near the Garfield Park Conservatory, this Inspiration Cafe location--the nonprofit Inspiration Corporation also operates an Uptown eatery--features park views and an open kitchen. The menu, from David Rosenthall of Evanston’s Fraiche Bakery Cafe, incorporates French and Southern elements into dishes such as shrimp and grits, sweet tea-brined pork chop and chocolate mousse. Items are prepared using locally sourced ingredients and herbs from an on-site garden. In keeping with the green theme, rooftop solar panels help provide some of the eatery's energy. The cafe also offers soups, flatbreads and weekend brunch bites such as a pulled pork eggs Benedict served on a fried green tomato. Don't want to dine in? Grab a quinoa veggie burger or other grub to go for a picnic on the conservatory grounds.