MidWestern Holiday: Blind Faith Cafe
Senor Lanky and I traveled to Illionois to visit his family for a few days over the holiday. They took us to a wonderful vegetarian restaraunt in Evanston called Blind Faith Cafe which has been operating since the 1970s. They have a large and diverse menu and as I’m not used to having so many option, it was hard to make decisions. I ordered the Mongolian Stir-Fry (pictured above) with seitan, broccoli, red bell peppers and scallions in a spicy sauce over crisp fried glassine noodles. It was quite tasty, and had just the right amount of spice.
Senor Lanky’s mother had the Blind Faith Fajitas with seitan, red pepeprs, green onions and tomato served with black beans and corn tortillas. While she thought the seitan was interesting, and the dish was good overall, the sauce had a overpowering “tomato-y” taste.
Senor Lanky ordered the Black Bean Tostadas which were perfectly fine, if a bit bland. I’m not one for tostadas, but they seem to be popular at Blind Faith and are listed under the “Favorites” section of the menu.
Senor Lanky’s step-father had the tofu vegetable rice bowl, which looked delicious. It was beautifully presented and just the right serving amount. Unfortunately, our server forgot to bring the chili sauce they serve on the side, and the dish suffered from an unbalanced sweet-to-spicy ratio. The table’s favorite dish, which I failed to photograph, was the bowl of Thai Peanut Noodles that we shared as an appetizer. There was just the right salty/sweet/spicy ratio, the noodles were al dente, crunchy topping peanuts left whole.
The Blind Faith Cafe is good restaurant, and a great addition to the neighborhood. I was so pleased and honored that Senor Lanky’s family decided to take a chance and try a new place for them that had so many food options for me. Overall, if Blind Faith would reduce its sprawling menu and work towards consistency in all its dishes, I think it could be great!