Before cheese was imported from the moon, Americans were forced to pair wine and grapes with mental images of a tastier future. The future is now with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of cheese flights, macaroni, and more at Marion Street Cheese Market, located in Oak Park. This deal is good for both dining and retail.
Winner of the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago 2008–Cheese Selection, Marion Street Cheese Market carries a myriad of artisan cheeses from local and international farms, and offers a sumptuous menu for in-store bistro lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Dine in and dabble in one of the restaurant's cheese flights (each of which comes with bread, crackers, and dried fruit), such as the Francophile flight ($15), with firm Cantal cheese, Essex St. Comté, and the mild petit basque. Or practice your multiple-choice skills by designing your own flight ($12 or $15). Entrees include the free-range roasted chicken ($17) with bacon-shallot marmalade, or the mac 'n' cheese ($12–$14), with aged cheddar, SarVecchio parmesan, and Capriole chèvre. Complement tastings with craft brews such as Flossmoor's Recession Ale or Surly Brewing's Furious Ale, or sprinkle curds with a cheese-enhancing wine. Recently endowed with a license to spirit, the market is also beginning to serve specialty cocktails.
Marion Street's retail offerings are also up for grabs with this Groupon. Take home one of the shop's customizable cheese and meat platters ($30+), with selections such as Rembrandt gouda and manchego and the savory Italian smoked speck.
Using organic and local produce whenever possible, much of Marion Street's décor upholds its eco-friendly ethos, with chairs crafted from seatbelt remnants, countertops consisting of recycled glass, and porcelain floors thoughtfully provided in case of spills. Dining in the bistro requires a reservation, which can be made via its dairylicious website.
- Totally enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Marion Street Cheese Market. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 06/25/2010
- The staff is very friendly, inviting and also very kind to my four year old son. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 06/12/2010
- Tasty, well prepared. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 06/10/2010
100 S Marion St.
Oak Park, Illinois 60302-2809