The bistro is the friendly neighbor in the world of eateries, kinder than aloof restaurants and classier than slovenly, drunken pubs that always accidentally burn themselves down. Put your appetite in good hands with today's deal: for $25, you get $55 worth of authentic French classics with modern twists and drinks at LM Restaurant French Gastro Bistro in Lincoln Square.
For a meal conceptualized and prepared by Head Chef Bradford Phillips, who has been featured on WGN, and whose past experience includes stints at Blackbird, NoMI, and Tru, peruse appetizers such as roasted red beets with herb goat cheese and pistachio vinaigrette ($8) before delving deeper into the entrees. Try the grilled sturgeon with fingerling potatoes and artichoke and olive vierge ($26), or have a pan-roasted duck breast with baby turnips, swiss chard, and sauce biggarade ($25). In the tradition of the Parisian gastro bistro, Chef Phillips offers a signature three-course prix fixe menu ($35), which rotates weekly to highlight fresh and locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. The wine list contains appropriate pairings, and cocktails such as the Campari Martini can lubricate any mouth tube.
LM Restaurant is family-owned and -operated by husband and wife Stephan and Nicole Outrequin Quaisser and is named after the couple's children, Luc and Mary. The deep earth tones of umber and sienna and an outdoor garden soothe the mind as the cuisine soothes the palate, resulting in a experience both memorable and relaxing and memorable. LM is accessible by taking the brown line to Western, or force a friend to transport you in a rickshaw, because parking is limited.
Reservations are required. Not valid for Thanksgiving.
- Thankfully, [chef Brad] Phillips lightens and modernizes things a bit, adding sunchokes to buttery seared scallops or an apple-radish salad to a pan-roasted pork loin. And even more thankfully, diners don’t need to skip a mortgage payment on those nice homes to afford a swank night out—entrées average just over 20 bucks. – Heather Shouse, Time Out
- Little things matter in the tiny front dining room at LM, which has been redecorated in warm orange and chocolate hues since its days as Tallulah, the restaurant that occupied the space until late September. Julius Meinl coffee is served in individual French presses, compressed tableside for dramatic effect. Complimentary croissants arrive with tiny jars of Bonne Maman preserves. Lingering is encouraged. – M. Kathleen Pratt, Metromix
LM Bistro channels classic French traditions into a casual atmosphere that “will win over those in search of authentic, fanfare-less, Euro-style dining,” according to Chicago magazine. The menu, devised by chef Brad Phillips, features classic French flavors. Appetizers such as terrine maison lentil salad, red onion jam, and veal sweetbreads are ideal for smaller appetites, for adding the right touch to a giant costume, or for sharing over a few glasses from the bistro’s French-centric wine list. Larger dishes, meanwhile, feature modern classics such as suckling pig tart apple salad with onion purée and cider gastrique and the timeless, rustic food France is known for, typified by the roasted chicken atop eggplant purée beloved by Time Out Chicago.