People eat three times a day to prevent mouthy mouths from brashly blurting out their distaste for the rest of the digestive system. Today's Groupon prevents inner-system quarreling by subduing chatty cheeks with upscale eats: for $30, you get $60 worth of gourmet fare and drinks at Michael in Winnetka.
Distinguished Chef Michael Lachowicz serves up an inspired menu of fresh, upscale fare. Appetite-whetting appetizers include the Cognac scented lobster and crab bisque ($10), and the decadent duck-created duo of a Hudson Valley foie gras medallion, served over a foie gras strudel and topped with candied huckleberries ($19). Entrees at the eatery pair eclectic proteins with fresh vegetables, including a hard seared filet of wild sea bass, provencal vegetable tian, covered in creamy goats cheese polenta and a side of sautéed baby spinach ($30), and a roasted rack of New Zealand lamb and black truffle potato croquettes on top of Brussels sprouts leaves ($30). End your culinary escapade with dessert, such as the Tahitian vanilla-bean panna cotta with lavender-scented berries and crème brûlée ($10), or a warm upside-down caramel tart with pecan gelato ($10).
Michael boasts a comfortable, French-countryesque dining room, complete with warm earth tones, lush carpeting, and views of children teaching adults how to read from the eatery's floor-to-ceiling windows. This deal allows you to purchase three Groupons, so keep one for yourself and gift the others to little leaguers who deserve to eat a gourmet meal. Call ahead for reservations.
Not valid on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve.
- Michael is a master at creating great pairing flavors. Each bite is a party in your mouth! – OpenTable user who dined on 1/1/2011
- A jewel in Winnetka. Wonderfully prepared, interesting foods that excite visually as well as in taste. Chef Michael is always around and runs the establishment with an iron hand. The care shows. – EdM1455003, Zagat
After dining at Restaurant Michael, Chicago Reader writer David Hammond described a savory spread of pate and gherkin pickles as “surpassingly pleasing,” and noted that his dessert (a warm blueberry-almond financier pastry with a ginger-almond ice-cream sandwich) was still haunting his dreams. At his eponymous Winnetka restaurant, Chef Michael Lachowicz crafts traditional French cuisine inspired by his training at the Culinary Institute of America and years spent sharing spatulas with world-renowned chefs. Like Tchaikovsky's musical interpretations of the calendar year, Michael's menus change with the season to showcase the freshest ingredients and flavors. Whole-roasted squab or sautéed fillets of flounder drizzled in champagne sauce showcase his creative ambition as well as his classical training. Desserts include indulgences such as housemade gelato or artisanal cheese served from a cart. Restaurant Michael's elegant dining room is wrapped in warm earth tones and awash in the glow of hanging lamps and domesticated moonbeams. White cloths mark intimate tables that support glass stemware and the occasional roving wine decanters.