Au Cheval

800 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607 Directions
Today 11:00 AM - 11:59 PM All Hours

About Au Cheval

  • Cuisine
    American, Diner, Burgers, Contemporary, Gastropub
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
  • Attire
  • Alcohol
  • Parking
  • Delivery
  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Good For Groups

About this Business

Au Cheval: A User's Guide

Elevated Diner Classics | 30+ International Beers | Housemade Bologna | Duck-Heart Gravy

Eater’s list of “The Most Iconic Sandwiches in Chicago”
  • Side: Housemade bread and butter pickles

  • Dessert: Mille-feuille—traditional French pastry layered with cream

  • Where to Sit: Slide a stool up to the polished zinc bar, where you can look in on the kitchen and watch chefs work their magic atop the griddle.

    When to Go: Dine before 3 p.m. on the weekends to sample the chefs’ unique takes on brunch fare, like housemade granola and specially made mimosas.

    The Vibe: Taking cues from classic diners and pedestrian brasseries, Au Cheval’s hip take on greasy spoons features exposed brick, antique-style light fixtures, oversized mirrors, and ceramic tiles shaped like bowties.

    Behind the Name: In French, the name “Au Cheval” translates to “on horseback,” at least within most contexts. But once you enter a kitchen, the phrase takes on a new meaning: a dish with a fried egg on top. Au Cheval’s chefs certainly live up to that definition, since they put fried eggs atop a large portion of their menu.

    Inside Tips

    • Plan on waiting: Huffington Post food critic David Rosengarten notes that waits often stretch past two hours, but that didn’t stop him from writing that his “mind was simply blown by Au Cheval.”
    • Order a beer with your eggs. Just because Au Cheval takes inspiration from the diners of days past doesn’t mean it sticks to the old-fashioned drink menu of coffee and coke. Explore the impressive beer list, which features more than 30 international brews on tap.
    • Follow the restaurant on Twitter to stay abreast of any unexpected changes to the restaurant’s hours or menu.

    While You're in the Neighborhood
    Before: Tour the ever-changing gallery space at Elephant Room (704 S. Wabash Avenue), which showcases under-represented artists in the Chicago area.

    After: Grab drinks and play games of giant jenga at Clover (722 W. Grand Avenue).

    If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Head to Dillman’s (354 W. Hubbard Street), another brasserie-style restaurant (with a focus on classic deli fare) helmed by Au Cheval’s owner, Brendan Sodikoff.

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