Bountiful Eatery is a new restaurant serving delicious and healthy gluten-free cuisine for lunch and dinner in Lakeview.Bountiful Eatery is a new restaurant serving delicious and healthy gluten-free cuisine for lunch and dinner in Lakeview. Bright red and white mod décor announces that you’ve entered a healthful, pleasing space. Orchids are the fleur de choice while Buddha statuettes adorn nearby nooks and a bookcase is filled with health food books. Grilled items like bison burgers and chicken kabobs have been the popular dishes since Bountiful Eatery opened in July. On the day we visited, an employee greeted customers on the front sidewalk with a wide smile, food samples, and a pretty sweet faux hawk.
The restaurant’s friendly owner Ed O’Brien says he worked for Panera Bread before being diagnosed as gluten intolerant which ultimately led him on a path towards healthier living and opening Bountiful Eatery. The new restaurant feels like an homage to Panera’s best qualities—causal, counter service makes ordering and takeout easy—but updates the menu with health-conscious alternatives. The tasty gluten-free pita bread used for wraps and burgers is made from rice flour and tapioca flour at an Evanston bakery. There are smoothies— classic fruity options like the Berryriffic and Orangesicle and the veggie-centric Green Power—as well as a full salad list to choose from. Each entrée comes with a choice of sides like quinoa or chickpea salad. A few decades ago, there weren’t many places to find the leaner bison meat on menus in a town once known as hog butcher capital of the world. Times sure have changed.
Bison Pita Burger, $9.99
Chicken Kabob, $8.99
Turkey Avocado Wrap, $8.99
Green Power Smoothie, $4.99 for large
Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.