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Mexican, American, Cafe
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 2 May 2022

I have traveled quite a bit and there are some clear signs of the best breakfast spots in town. The dining rooms are small, the tables close together. Soon you find that the food and staff are other-worldly. Ovo Frito has such an unassuming facade...that we nearly walked past it. We were glad we came early on that Friday morning because it was jammed by the time we left. You'd be hard pressed to find a more extensive breakfast menu than theirs. The food was excellent, the service superb. This is a family run restaurant and the back story is pretty cool. You should check it out.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 20 November 2021

Stopped in here today for breakfast. Place was full of people but the kitchen and staff were fully up to the job. Looking around people were getting delicious and attractive plates of food. I ordered the Sierra Benedict & it was attractive on the plate,...beautiful runny eggs, smoked ham, chorizo, generous avocado slices, not inexpensive but obvious labor and skill put into the dish. The wait staff were totally professional, filling up my coffee cup (good coffee) and big glass of cold water. Everything from bacon and eggs, pancakes & waffles & a very creative Mexican, Mexican/fusion menu items. ReccomendedMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 15 September 2021 via mobile

Excellent food and excellent service. Has outside ding but we dined inside. $28 for a couple for breakfast. Just outside of downtown Evanston.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 18 August 2021

The words from different languages in its name hint at a fusion of cuisines and a menu centered around eggs prepared in many ways, all of them tasty. The atmosphere is pleasant, the decor is warm, and the staff are efficient and friendly. Prices are...higher than one expects at first, but they are commensurate with what other places in this upscale town charge. The dining concept is admirable. It's a great place for a casual dining experience with unhurried conversation.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 September 2020

This is in a neighborhood within walking distance from downtown. We stopped in for a change of pace one morning. The breakfast was terrific with Mexican flavors.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 14 February 2020

We've seen this venue adopt several avatars over the past 35 years, and Ovo Frito is a huge improvement on the earlier ones. We went not knowing whether it would live up to the reviews, but it did. It has a large, bright and warm...interior, interesting egg-centric art on the walls, and friendly staff, and the food we ordered (we shared Derek's Favourite Eggs and a short stack of pancakes) was well-made, and plentiful for two people. We were early, and it was a week day so it was good to see people trickling in and the place filling up by the time we left. It has an extensive and varied menu, and certainly is a welcome addition to the breakfast/brunch options in Evanston.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 26 January 2020

I'm not a big fan of breakfast, but I'm a sucker for Mexican style huevos. I landed here with a group of friends earlier this week and took the family back today for a repeat performance of their delicious huevos divorciados. Based on the packed...house, we are obviously late to the party to discover Ovo Frito. Instead of waiting, we opted to take seats at the bar which was a great vantage point to watch the choreographed hustle of the service staff which included the proprietors who were helping in all manner of making sure their guests had a great meal and experience. Very friendly place with great food.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 25 January 2020 via mobile

You can feel the nice friendly vibe since the host greets you. Staff is attentive and quick to serve. The menu has a good variety of options, many of them incorporating a Mexican twist - or being Mexican at all, like the chilaquiles. Food is...fresh and tasty. The place is small, with good light and good atmosphere. It’s a great place for breakfast!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 25 January 2020

I am a regular here. This is a friendly, family run restaurant. The staff is so welcoming and attentive. The food is delicious. I usually order the omelettes. The decor is very cheerful and amusing with egg light fixtures and brightly painted walls. The food...comes quickly and its presentation is great.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 7 November 2019 via mobile

We are visiting from out of town and wanted a small non-chain restaurant yo eat at for some brunch. We saw this highly rated place and decided to try it out. Service was EXCELLENT and quick. Coffee was delicious and our cups were never empty....I had the avocado toast (normally has a poached egg and tomato, I'm weird and changed that) and my husband had the smoked salmon scramble. Neither of us could finish our food (Big portions) and enjoyed every bite! We would definitely come back. Great place!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 21 October 2019 via mobile

I want to praise the hostess who found an excellent spot for our family group of nine on a very busy Saturday morning. Our wait was half an hour, but well worth it. The food was delicious and the service perfect.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 23 September 2019 via mobile

We stayed down the street at the Hilton and I was so glad to find this great cafe for breakfast. The reviews were right on. I had the spinach, goat cheese and portobello mushrooms omelet. My mom has the smoked ham and cheese omelette both...were excellent. Staff was friendly and good coffee too! Don’t miss it!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 22 July 2019

Its off the beaten path, seemed to be a "local' place, love that!! We had breakfast, it was amazing. The wait staff is very friendly and the service was awesome. The food was fresh and authentic, I highly recommend this place and would definitely go...backMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 21 June 2019

Have been there twice, great food, large portions, well trained staff, be ready for some spice if order potatoes.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 June 2019 via mobile

Visited a few times and was never disappointed. Solid and consistent quality. The eggs benedict were really nice but are only available on Sundays. Go early to avoid long queue on weekends!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Ovo Frito is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5