Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Sip into a waking dream with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for $30 worth of French cuisine for lunch or dinner
- $10 for $20 worth of French cuisine for brunch, served until 11 a.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends
At lunch and dinner, a roast-beef sandwich with aged cheddar and horseradish aioli is $8, moules frites are $15, and vegetable gratinee with parmesan-sage cream sauce is $13. At brunch, an omelet with caramelized shallots, brie, and spinach is $11, and a bottomless-mimosa brunch with a choice of entree is $25. See the full menu.
Brasserie by LM
Eager to dispel the misconception that the French only excel in fine dining, as they told Crain's Chicago Business, restaurateurs Stephan and Nicole Outrequin Quaisser opened Brasserie by LM to show how France does everyday dining. The magazine lauds Brasserie's “case of simplicity done well,” showcased by dishes such as duck confit with “beautifully browned skin," traditional onion soup, and brick chicken, perfect for building an edible dream house. For early risers (the restaurant opens at 6 a.m.), the culinary team crafts French-style breakfasts with French toast topped by caramelized bananas and crepes filled with gruyere, ham, and béchamel.
To complement those bites, barkeeps pour imported and domestic wines and stir up specialty cocktails and premium coffee drinks. Feasts unfold in a space that’s the essence of South Loop sleekness, where a large chalkboard menu towers over a spacious lounge filled with bamboo-topped tables, wine bottles peeking from floating wooden shelves, and cheery orange seats.