A locally owned and operated restaurant provides a superior experience to grazing in a cavern owned by ephemeral claps of distant thunder. Savor the fruits of boutique dining with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of eclectic steakhouse fare at Briejo in Oak Park.
Briejo is an intimate, locally owned and operated restaurant with a contemporary American dinner menu peppered with delicious global influences. Begin an evening meal with an appetizer of fried artichokes ($8) served with a soy-ginger aioli, or slug yourself in the mouth with a plate of escargot ($9) served in sizzling garlic butter and plated with crostini. Entrees swing across the spectrum of meat, seameat, and notmeat, with options such as four sea scallops ($22) in a savory butter sauce, served with grilled asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. Carbophiles may delight in the penne pasta ($16) with roasted tomatoes, basil, and fresh buffalo mozzarella in a garlic white-wine sauce, and a New York strip steak ($24) served with grilled asparagus and crispy pomme frites is a mouthwatering meat bridge that leads to a fully satisfied appetite city.
Although Briejo's name brings to mind a sultry Spanish siesta, you needn't roll the “r”; it's pronounced "bree-joe" and refers to owner and longtime Oak Park resident Brigette Lytle's nickname, Brie. The restaurant's décor evokes things warm and romantic, with colorful drapes set against exposed brick, and dim lighting fueled by candle flames. This evocative atmosphere makes Briejo an ideal date location, whether you're celebrating an anniversary, proposing to a distractedly hungry mate, or meeting that friendly gold prospector from the Internet.
This Groupon is not valid for any of Briejo's daily or weekly specials.
Briejo gets four stars from Time Out, a 4.1 average from Metromix reviewers, and more than 30 Yelpers give it 3.5 stars. Briejo has also been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Centerstage.
- An entree of truffle-seared scallops couldn't have been better. Five plump scallops came off the heat at just the right moment. Seared to a golden hue on the outside and deliciously moist the rest of the way, the scallops formed a necklace around a mound of excellent mashed potatoes that got a cap of crispy fried leeks. – Pat Bruno, Chicago Sun-Times
- The truffle macaroni and cheese was to die for, luscious with a lovely earthy note from the truffle. – Trine Tsouderos, Chicago Tribune
- While names like "What A Crepe" and "Truman Compote" might seem a little corny, they don't joke around with what goes into them – the compote has a chicken breast served with vanilla gnocchi, and apple hazelnut compote. – Centerstage