Chicago >Food & Dining > Bistrot Zinc
1131 N State St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.902769 -87.628338
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Mussels and more! – Large group descended on this place tonight. Friendly and noisy. Service very attentive. Extra anchovies on the delicious Caesar Salad without hesitation or additional charge. Some of the best mussels I've tried, and I'm a mussel snob. Save the broth for dunking the bread. They gladly did 8 separate checks for the 14 people here without complaint. I would come back!
Nice place – I love that this place opens till late! The food is good but the atmosphere makes it even better! It's a comfort food kind of place. The steak frites is always a good choice when you want some meat (the steak is a bit thin though but YUM!). the escargot hmm.. the onion soup YUMYUM! and the fish (halibut i think) that my friend ordered was excellent as well! The chocolate crepes are fantastic! The bread they bring out is nice as well. Whenever I go to BZ, I leave happy & a bit tipsy! Highly recommended for those who want a glass of wine and no fuss food that's yummy!
This Gold Coast French restaurant has become a destination for those craving classic bistro fare. – The Scene
With its mirrored walls, wicker chairs, tiled floors and red and black present throughout, this brasserie only needs a sidewalk cafe to make it truly Parisian. Even without the patio, tourists and Gold Coast locals still love this restaurant for a lingering lunch or quiet dinner with friends. A long zinc-topped bar up front provides ample elbow room for those waiting for a table. Servers are fast and especially helpful to families with kids.
Dishes such as escargot, bouillabaisse and steak au poivre round out a menu devoted entirely to traditional bistro eats. Crunchy, boiled haricot verts, tuna, hardboiled egg bits, potatoes, white anchovy and a tangy lemon vinaigrette make the Nicoise salad a light, yet fulfilling bite. Brunch includes French brioche toast that arrives supersized with butter-drenched slices along with sweet berries and vanilla mascarpone. Indulge with a gooey chocolate crepe or ice cream-topped profiteroles for dessert.
So French, So Delicious – This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant and I make it a point to dine here at least weekly. Everything on the menu is delicious and prepared with a comfortable French style. Breakfast options like brioche french toast and eggs benedict are to die for. I also enjoy lunch entrees like salads and sandwiches...great lemonade too! As for the service...Well, don't expect much. I'm not sure if they're trying to be ultra French or they just don't care. While they are particularly rude they are incredibly slow and absent. I sat waterless for about 15 minutes last time and finally the hostess came and filled my glass. Yikes! The waiter seemed too preoccupied people watching to care about serving us. I love their food so that's why I keep coming back though.
Oui Oui! – Everything you could ask for in a local restaurant: service, ambience, food, reasonable prices... They serve my favorite cup of coffee in Chicago and I highly reccomend pairing it with the Brioche French toast if you have a sweet tooth. The soups are outstanding and their entrees never fail to impress. Overall, you cannot go wrong at Bistrot Zinc.
One of my favorites! – On weekends we live just around the corner and we visit very frequently sometimes for dinner and sometimes just for a bowl of soup either way we are always welcome. My favorites include the steak and fries, the French onion soup and the great deserts. I will admit, Im a little prejudice as over the last few months I have gotten to know some of the staff - they wave as we walk by even when we arent stopping. It has been consistent as a place to stop for good food aand good service at a reasonable price.
Tasty Pastry – Window shopping on State brought us to BZ. Pleasant surprise. Outstanding Gruyere (cheese) Baked Onion Soup and Desserts. The pastries are top shelf (app., entrees and desserts). The tough thing about stuffing a stew in a pastry shell is the shell tends to get soggy, and then it is difficult to cut. No problem here. Our dessert was a highlight, and I would go back just for the Onion Soup and the desserts. I would say our cherry turnovers with caramel sauce were far better than the combination (cherry-caramel) appeared on the surface. I give that item a 10, as good as any 29 Zagat, Mobil 5, Michelin 3 fare.
Marginal food, great atmosphere – Despite the pleasant atmosphere, a recent trip to Bistrot Zinc proved to be less than satisfactory. The main course appeared at our table terribly underseasoned without proper eating utensils and the side dish was served cold. The waiter never bothered to come by to check in so we ate what we could in the meantime. When the lapse was pointed out he offered to comp the side dish, but that wasn't enough to get us to come back when Bistrot Margot is less than a half mile away and has better food, service and prices. The on-duty manager was barely sympathetic but didn't offer any real concern as to the lapse in the service and the kitchen. Not half as good as the old Bistrot inc on Southport.
A real gem – Excellent atmosphere, Excellent food. Be sure to order the escargot as an appetizer and don't forget a crepe for dessert (the Nutella-Banana is especially delicious).
French food without the French attitude – Good food, good service, excellent wine list. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys having a good night out.
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