Jilly's Cafe

Evanston

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Cozy French restaurant emulates European country inns, offering American-infused variations on traditional French fare

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Promotional value expires Jul 25, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for Dinner. Dine-in only. Not valid on holidays. Cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like sunsets, teenage vampires, and sonnets composed entirely in dingbats, French restaurants are inherently romantic. Bask in culinary ardor with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of French fare at Jilly’s Cafe in Evanston.

Boasting a rotating menu of American-influenced French dishes, Jilly’s Cafe exudes the subtle romance and cozy ambiance of a country inn. Delicate, succulent starters such as crab cakes ($8) or a warm-goat-cheese-studded spinach salad ($8) warm up creaky jaws and dusty tongue bones. For the main event, roasted pork tenderloin ($18) satisfies cravings for alternative white meats, and veggie nommers can dig into to Jilly’s seasonal vegetable mélange ($15). Diners can make googly eyes at each other through the lush veil of fresh-cut flowers that adorn each table as they feast on entrees such as the portobello-flanked steak frites ($29) or the bouillabaisse ($24), a classic French medley of market fish, scallops, shrimp, and mussels with roma tomatoes and white whine.

Jilly's Cafe

The chefs at Jilly’s Cafe meld French and American cooking traditions to create a menu of elegant fusion fare peppered with culinary surprises from around the world. A large specials menu rotates its options frequently, treating diners to plates piled with nourishment that might include duck, rack of lamb, and fresh seafood, and every Sunday, a selection of breakfast items scramble for the right to occupy the brunch menu. To celebrate specific holidays, Jilly's rolls out set menus designed with a theme in mind—guests can ensure a romantic night out by reserving a table on Valentine’s Day or visit on Easter to honor America's mascot, the Easter egg. The eatery’s long-winded wine list allows aficionados to sample new varietals while giving grapes a chance to see what their old friends are up to.

Customer Reviews

excellent customer service. Although our server was a man of few words, he went beyond what was necessary to please us even giving one of us a dessert who did not order one. we will be back.
Naomi G. · September 24, 2012
Keep up the excellent attention to detail. Thank you for the delicious meals.
John K. · August 27, 2012
Loved the carrot soup....all the fofod was fantastic. The service was excellant as well.
Debi G. · August 23, 2012

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