Bistros became popular in America after French diplomats visiting the Continental Congress insisted on dining outdoors, breaking Ben Franklin’s time-saving custom of eating while sleeping in the shower. Savor your meal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional American fare at Mécénat Bistro and Gathering Place in Western Springs.
Chef Mark Downing of Mécénat Bistro crafts upscale American cuisine with an eye to classic culinary traditions. Diners can sit along the marble-topped bar or at tables perched atop wooden barrels indoors and select a delectable appetizer from the menu, such as the blue crab risotto, topped with crispy shrimp and a balsamic reduction ($11). Pan-roasted rainbow trout swims through a current of toasted pistachio and goat cheese ($23), while seared duck breast practices calligraphy with wands of grilled vegetables dipped in a sweet soy reduction ($23). The Bistro is also home to a formidable wine list of more than 70 vintages alongside a selection of domestic and craft beers.
Mécénat Bistro & Retail Wine Shop
Mécénat Bistro & Retail Wine Shop's menu is stocked full of seasonal American specialties. Guests can pair truffle fries, New Zealand grass-fed rib-eye, or blackened shrimp and rigatoni with one of 70 varietals on the bistro’s wine list. Domestic craft beers also span the menu, accentuating flavors in seasonal specialties as well as menu mainstays such as Prince Edward Island mussels and grilled asparagus and sugar snap pea risotto.
821 W Burlington Ave.
Western Springs, Illinois 60558