Eastgate Cafe

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By David Hammond

The menu on Eastgate Café's website led me to believe it served little beyond what I could make at home. Few of the entrées seemed very imaginative and prices were on the high side. Almost seven dollars for a tuna or a ham-on-Swiss sandwich?  I dunno. If you’re going to charge almost four dollars for a peanut butter sandwich, you’d better romance me with some menu copy about the goobers being hand-harvested from Thomas Jefferson’s garden or some such exotic locale. 

Once I got to the restaurant, I found that daily specials menu were more intriguing selections. Hungarian sausages ($10.99), mounted on a lush flatbread with potatoes au gratin on the side, offered an offal funk that surprised and pleased; the vegetarian lasagna (also $10.99) gave up some dimension (provided, in part, by five cheeses), felt homemade, and packed an aggressive oregano and garlic punch.

There’s a gift shop filled with gimcracks and curios, and the overall feel of the place is mellow edging into quaint. Still, in addition to doopers, Eastgate Cafe seems to attract hipsters with laptops, as well as younger couples and families. 

The comparisons with nearby Buzz Café (905 S. Lombard) are inevitable.  Like the Buzz, Eastgate Café is a neighborhood place in a village of neighborhoods.  I don’t think it’s going to draw a lot of traffic from distant lands (like, say, Chicago or Maywood), but for denizens of the People’s Republic of Oak Park, especially those in the Harrison area, it’s a good option to swankier Breijo (211 Harrison) and the pioneering though fading La Majada (226 Harrison).


Eastgate Café

103 Harrison


Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2018

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2018 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Latest Comments