Sooner or later, your girlfriend is going to figure out that all those fancy restaurants you take her to are just your bedroom redecorated with a new elaborate disguise each week. Today's Groupon will help you postpone the inevitable by throwing a real fancy restaurant into the mix. For $30, you get $70 worth of new American cuisine at Palette Bistro on Southport in Lakeview. Palette serves fresh American fare with global influences, and the chef recently revamped the menu to incorporate fall's fine, fleeting flavors.
Palette's menu of palate-pleasing meat and seafood options has Italian influences, along with other international twists. Centerstage Chicago recommends the bacon-wrapped sea scallops, which are served over a bed of spinach leaves with pickled red onion ($12) and the pasta alla vodka with sautéed prosciutto and peas ($19 with sautéed chicken breast). Seafood options include Lake Huron walleye ($21) and organic cedar-planked salmon ($22). Maple Leaf Farms duck breast (served with a roasted sweet potato and red pepper hash; $18) or an apple crisp pork chop on a bed of braised red cabbage ($18) tingle taste buds to reawaken lost flavors, like a trolley that has jubilantly come to life only to be saddened by its obsolescence. There's also a huge selection of wines and cocktails to complement Palette's plates. Or stop by for brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings starting at 10 a.m.
The dining room, with huge windows, white tablecloths, and warm wood paneling, has "a vibe that is both neighborly yet decidedly white tablecloth," according to Time Out Chicago. Local artists' work adorns the walls—painter David Langlois was recently exhibited, and is rumored to come to life after hours and recite uncannily complete improvised sonnets. The intimate ambience and courteous staff make a casual weekday meal or romantic dinner blithely romantic and casually blithe. But don't worry about missing your Monday night archery practice; the restaurant is open for dinner and cocktails Tuesday through Sunday at 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday for brunch at 10 a.m.
- For locals it’s a good option—there’s an enormous pork chop encased in a buttery, salty, mushroom-studded breading, and the carrot cake, though not housemade, is as good as can be asked for in a place like this. – David Tamarkin, Time Out Chicago
- Palette Bistro, a romantic restaurant with dimmed lights and a cozy, wood-lined interior, has replaced Lucca's, the Italian joint in the Lakeview neighborhood. – Centerstage Chicago
- This Lakeview neighborhood bistro offers a menu of American fare with global touches in a cozy, candlelit dining room that tends to draw families in the early evening and couples as the night wears on. The entree lineup is heavy on meat and seafood options—think red wine-braised short ribs or pan-seared whole trout infused with fresh herbs and lemon—and shows some Italian influence. – Metromix
- Love the ambiance - fantasic [sic] staff and amazing food a must visit in southport corridor!!! – DeanG, Urbanspoon
- i found the food at Palette Bistro to be absolutely amazing! The bacon wrapped scallops were the best that I have ever had. – JR Garcia, Time Out Chicago reader
- we could find no fault - from food to ambiance to service, one of our favorite places ever. The marlin was perfect and beautifully presented, and brie stuffed portobello, to die for! – Alice, Time Out Chicago reader
A rotating selection of local artwork, candle light and dark wood wainscoting, and fresh, globally-inspired American cuisine coalesce to create Palette Bistro's romantic ambience. A graduate of Cordon Bleu, chef Jeffrey Sikorski whips artisanal ingredients such as house-made chorizo and black garlic into a hearty menu that include seasonal items, such as pate, Sunday brunch omelets, and salads tossed with Frosty the Snowman's nose. The drink menu stars during art openings, when visitors congregate for wine and specialty cocktails around the antique wooden bar.