CloverEats! delicious stir fry and roti at Evanston’s “Flat Top”!
Back in the day of IMSA Mentorship, we used to come here all the time. Flat Top is styled as an Mongolian Grill, with a giant heated plate on which your food is cooked. There’s a nice variety of sauces you can add, as well as contents of the actual food itself.
The Experience: Basically, you write your name on a stick, and mix what you want to go into your stir fry. Then, you add any of six different colored, indicatory sticks that can do everything from change your stir fry into soup to add a piece of delicious roti bread. The food (and name-stick) will be brought back to you, and you can go up as many times as you want! During Mentorship lunches, we used to make another bowl as soon as our first bowl came back; this way, it would cook while we ate bowl #1, and when we finished, bowl #2 would arrive hot and steaming right away. Yeah, we might have been fatties back in high school, but we sure were efficient fatties.
The Food: The stir fry is not bad at all, especially the meat. It beats the stir fry at Plex Dining Hall, that’s for sure. My favorite part is definitely the roti bread (it’s absolutely amazing), and I also really like the wide array of sauces. You can either hit or miss with your food; sometimes things mix really well, and sometimes they don’t. Flat Top used to have little recipes written on cards that you could make, but I always find myself putting the same things into my bowl – a little bit of noodles, peppers, onions, garlic, and pineapple. Yum!
The Bill: Flat Top is a lot cheaper if you come for lunch, and also has Wildcard Advantage (show your school ID, get a discount). Drinks are also quite expensive; our final bill came to around $27, but that’s including a $7 mojito.