Chicago >Food & Dining > Sweets & Savories
1534 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061441.925255 -87.667183
Neighborhoods: DePaul, North Side
What's all the fuss about? – I went with two others for a prix fix brunch. The food choices were minimal and the quality was all over the map. For example, the carrot ginger soup was incredible, the scones delicious, but the brioche french toast was, at first, luke warm yet dry. When we asked for it to be warmed a bit, it was returned burn and without any of the "trimmings" (rasperry coulis or fresh raspberries). The egg strada was good, the salmon mediocre. The service was atrocious. Our server was giggly, unprofessional, unaccomodating, and downright rude. I would not go back here, given the innumable delicious, more friendly, and less expensive places in the area.
Best in Town – This is the best food I've had in Chicago. It's a cute local restaurant with fine-dining quality food. I'm sorry, but I would not reccomend for a vegetarian as the tasting menu really is superb and meat is usually incorporated. It's a dining experience with an added element as you are not sure what the next dish will bring. The truffles with the check melt-in-your-mouth. Everything I've had here is delicious. Go, go, go!
Quaint and quiet, this small restaurant bakes knockout desserts and offers gussied up French bistro fare without pretension. – The Scene
Pink and brown tones lend a Parisian feel to this petite storefront, which attracts a foodie following. Those waiting for tables congregate around a central bar to sip wine or peruse the menu; some just sneak dessert on the fly. Diners-in-waiting settle into white linen-topped tables under atmospheric chandelier lighting while Frenchie tunes waft through the space. Service is enthusiastic, if a bit hit-or-miss.
Chef-owner David Richards' seasonal menu takes cues from French bistro fare, but adds a few twists. Extra-creamy risotto with zucchini, lemon zest and yellow grape tomatoes pops with summery goodness. Curried potato vichyssoise topped with creme fraiche is rich, yet still refreshing. Grilled pork tenderloin--dressed with zesty pomegranate barbecue sauce--hints at backyard barbecues and comes with a side of dilled red potato salad. For dessert, tart Lemoncello cheesecake with raspberry coulis leaves diners on cloud nine.
Amazing food!!! – This was one of the best meals I've had-- we had the tasting menu-- and the ingredients and flavors and creativity were better than Charlie Trotter's and Alain Ducasse's kitchen table in New York...at a much much affordable price, and a much more casual, homey atmosphere. The duck and blueberry risotto was such a great combination-- the cod was tender and delicious-- and of course, there were the amazing desserts. Most of all, David Richards, the chef, was friendly and came out to talk with us and explain all the ingredients. The room is small, decorated elegantly, and intimate enough to carry on a conversation. This place is a real find-- you've got to try it out!
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