Consistently delicious fare provides a degree of stability in an unstable world filled with political upheaval, wobbly side tables, and vertigo-stricken housecats. Plant forks firmly into your food with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of contemporary American fare at Café Bella on West Fullerton.
A café by day and bistro by night, Café Bella serves up a tantalizing spread of contemporary American fare engineered by Executive Chef Cesar Casas and tinged with Latin, French, and Italian influences. Combine various selections from Café Bella's gourmet weekly menu, with dishes changing as often as a liberal-arts student's major. Begin your epicurean virtuoso with a shared appetizer, such as the Mediterranean platter ($7.95), a tasty cadre of hummus, fresh olives, feta, greek salad, and pita, or an individual chalices of the homemade soup of the day ($4.95). Entrees include a robust 14-ounce Angus steak, topped with madeira wine sauce and paired with fresh vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes ($15.95). Neptune's dual net and crossbow harnesses the surf and turf Tour de Bella entree, featuring skirt steak flanked by wild-caught grilled shrimp and marinated caribbean jerk chicken breast with a side of garlic mashed potatoes ($19.95).
The belly-besieging bounty concludes with a homemade fruit-purée-adorned dessert, such as the decadently chocolate chocobella cake ($3.95), the hand-crafted choco flan ($3.50), the sumptuous tres leches ($3.50), or the mysterious dessert of the day whose true identity is carefully concealed inside Theodore Roosevelt's Rushmore nose until plating time.
Café Bella's exposed brick walls boast eye-catching pieces from local artists, and the eatery's hardwood floors and dark-stained tables catch airborne morsels as diners dig voraciously into their fill. As a BYOB establishment, the bistro invites diners to sport their own favorite bottles to pair with a meal or to enjoy on the casual street-side patio offering shaded shelter during the summer.
- Quality gourmet food made to order! no short cuts and everything cooked in an open kitchen. – george519, Metromix
- This place is an awesome BYOB restaurant with great food, good ambience, interesting music playlist and they support local artists by hanging paintings on their walls. – Rafael H., Yelp, 1/5/11
International flavors shape the weekly changing menu at Café Bella, which was recently named a Top 40 Chicago restaurant by the Food Network and was one of 44 restaurants endorsed to be showcased on their new website. The spot transitions from daytime café to evening BYOB bistro, starting the day with steaming pours of house-blend coffee, café caramelos, and a selection of ciabatta sandwiches, wraps, and pitas.
For dinnertime, chefs may conjure up a mix of Mexican-style cheese steak sandwichs, steaks, seafood, and the spot's popular caribbean jerk chicken breast, accompanied by mashed potatoes with a madeira sauce and an edible steel drum set.
As diners savor preservative-free, all-natural fare, they can admire a spackling of local artwork making exposed-brick walls decent. They can also enjoy their dishes out on the street-side patio during warm months.
3311 W Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647Get Directions