BackStage Bistro

The Loop

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In a Nutshell

Culinary-student-run eatery serves themed international dishes such as ceviche, roast chicken with mole, and new york strip steak

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jul 26, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Valid only for select dates only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Three Options

$22 for a three-course prix-fixe bistro dinner for two, redeemable from 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. (a $44 value) $40 for a three-course prix-fixe bistro dinner for four, redeemable from 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. (an $88 value)

Prix-fixe dinner menus change weekly. Each diner gets the following:

  • One starter, such as mixed ceviche with sour orange
  • One entree, such as roast chicken with Oaxacan mole and yucca
  • One dessert, such as chocolate cake with brownie cookies

$10 for $22 worth of bistro cuisine at lunch, redeemable from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; click here for a list of valid dates for this option.

The lunch menu includes dishes such as a pair of beef or turkey sliders ($10), marinated tofu sandwiches with charred red pepper and thai basil ($7), and pan-fried chicken katsu with macaroni salad ($14).

The Backstage Bistro

Housed inside the Illinois Institute of Art, The Backstage Bistro is unique in its all-inclusive approach to food from around the world. But its staff, comprised entirely of students from the school's culinary-arts program, is just as unique. As the final step of their education, students embark on an 11-week program during which they rotate through all the restaurant's positions, from front-of-house duties to the kitchen. Some students design and implement menus that change weekly, focusing on a chosen theme or culinary region. Others may ferry dishes to and from the dining room or unmask pairs of children disguised as one adult food critic in a trench coat. In the dining room, guests can take a peek at the kitchen's activity through glass walls as they enjoy lunch or prix fixe dinners. The restaurant's adventurous food and unique approach have also earned it appreciation from top chefs, including Rachael Ray, who filmed there for the Food Network show $40 a Day.

Customer Reviews

The price is a bit high for the establishment, but I really enjoyed the dishes.
Taiyang L. · August 5, 2013
We totally enjoyed ourselves. We will be back!
Mary E. · July 26, 2013
The food was innovative and you could pay twice the menu price anywhere else in the city and we enjoyed their learning environment
Tracy J. · July 19, 2013

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