Sooner or later, your girlfriend is going to figure out that all those fancy restaurants were just your bedroom decorated in various disguises. Today's Groupon will help you postpone the inevitable by throwing a real fancy restaurant into the mix. For $20, you get up to $45 worth of new American cuisine at Palette Bistro on Southport Avenue in Lakeview. If used on Sunday through Thursday, your Groupon will cover $45 worth of cuisine; weekend diners (Friday and Saturday) will enjoy $40 worth of delicious nosh.
Palette serves fresh American meat and seafood dishes with French influences and other international twists, and the chef revamps the menu seasonally to incorporate fine, fleeting flavors. Centerstage Chicago recommends the pasta alla vodka with sautéed prosciutto and peas ($18). Seafood options include whole roasted trout ($20) and blackened Scottish salmon ($23). An apple-crisp pork chop on a bed of braised red cabbage ($19) tingles taste buds to reawaken lost flavors like a trolley that has jubilantly come to life only to be saddened by its obsolescence. There’s a huge selection of wines and cocktails (wines start at $8 a glass, and all cocktails are $10) to complement Palette's plates; stop by for brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings starting at 10 a.m.
Palette’s dining room, which has huge windows, white tablecloths, and warm wood paneling, makes a casual weekday meal or romantic dinner blithely romantic and casually blithe. Local artists' work adorns the walls and is rumored to come to life after hours and recite sonnets.
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Time Out and Centerstage both reviewed Palette Bistro. OpenTable reviewers give the restaurant an average of 4.1 stars. Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and 88% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
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.