Most people think of catastrophe when they hear the word “disaster”….volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, earthquakes….
But on Gross Point Road just northwest of Central and Crawford on the outskirts of Evanston, a welcome disaster awaits you at Sarkis Cafe, home of the famous Disaster Sausage, and as the sign proclaims, “Home of the World’s Best Omelette.”
This diminutive shack has been around, it seems, forever, and for good reason; triglyceride lovers flock to its doors to gulp down coffee, and order up a fabulous breakfast (or lunch, depending upon how late you may have slept in or how early you woke).
I noticed that one of the tags associated with this restaurant on Google is “greasy spoon.” That’s a convenient label to foist upon this classic culinary institution, but it’s really so much more than that. It’s a grease lover’s paradise and they make no apologies for the fat content of their menu items. (There’s a gluten free bakery down the road if that’s your thing, dietary restrictions or otherwise.) No, it’s probably not a good idea to eat here every day, but you’ve got to have some serious yang with your yin, and Sarkis is just the place. In high school we used to pile into a car and hit Sarkis for breakfast before school; we used to joke that it’s so small you have to bring your own table, chairs and silverware. That’s not too far from the truth, but for good greasy grub, nothing could be more welcome, even if eating here is the equivalent of a grease jacuzzi for your arteries.
Happy Evanston Eating!