“Pascal, these are all the good times I had in my life.” According to Chicago magazine, these were the words spoken to Bistro Bordeaux owner Pascal Berthoumieux by his grandfather as he inherited his grandfather’s collection of decades-old wine labels. A native of the bistro's namesake region, Berthoumieux has gone out of his way to create a dining experience similar to one you'd have in the south of France—with a wine list that lets guests rack up their own good times. He's decorated the yellow walls with vintage posters and family antiques, and his team of attentive waiters wears black vests, bow ties, and long white aprons designed to protect them from flying escargot shells. Executive Chef Gide Merriman uses seasonal ingredients from local farmers and merchants to craft classic French dishes, which made the bistro a Time Out Chicago critics' pick. They lauded the “ideal” french-onion soup and "the juicy seared flatiron Sirloin steak served with truly addictive frites."
Aside from drawing from his wealth of family traditions, Berthoumieux built his restaurant on a foundation of hard work. He's hung his hat at such eateries as Man Ray, a Parisian eatery formerly owned by celebrities including Johnny Depp and Sean Penn, and Chicago's own Tip Top Tap lounge and Kiki's Bistro. His years of experience served him well when creating Bistro Bordeaux; among other awards, the establishment was named one of Chicago magazine's Best New Restaurants in 2010.
Chef's Station is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Be sure to check out Chef's Station's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Chef's Station is a great location to host a group dinner.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
Chef's Station is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Parking is never an issue at Chef's Station, a local restaurant near garages, lots and street parking.
Need a break from the road? Public transportation is also convenient, with popular stops at Davis (Purple Line), Dempster (Purple Line), and Foster (Purple Line).
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
Don't look any further, head to Chef's Station for your next American meal.
You deserve an excellent meal, so head on over to Chef's Station and enjoy some of the highly-rated American fare.
The chefs at Jilly’s Cafe meld French and American cooking traditions to create a menu of elegant fusion fare peppered with culinary surprises from around the world. A large specials menu rotates its options frequently, treating diners to plates piled with nourishment that might include duck, rack of lamb, and fresh seafood, and every Sunday, a selection of breakfast items scramble for the right to occupy the brunch menu. To celebrate specific holidays, Jilly's rolls out set menus designed with a theme in mind—guests can ensure a romantic night out by reserving a table on Valentine’s Day or visit on Easter to honor America's mascot, the Easter egg. The eatery’s long-winded wine list allows aficionados to sample new varietals while giving grapes a chance to see what their old friends are up to.
Creperie Saint Germain's menu offers nearly a dozen types of crepes, each made with organic wheat flour. Their decadent fillings run the gamut from savory duck confit and house-made sausage to dark chocolate mousse and mixed berries. The chefs can tweak each dessert crepe to accommodate gluten-intolerant diners. Other well-known French entrees on hand include the escargot, which comes drenched in a garlic butter sauce, or the chicken liver—enhanced with a whole grain mustard. Diners can wash down their meals with a drink from the Creperie's lengthy selection of imported wines and organic ciders.
The art of pastry baking is a careful ordeal. Each morning, long before the sun starts to shine on Lake Michigan, the team at Libanais Sweets is up making sure their specialties are crisp and flaky on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. They specialize in baked goods from around the world, including Eastern pastries such as baklava and European pastries ranging from éclairs to mille-feuille and tiramisu. In addition, the Libanais staff crafts specialties like chocolate lollipops, which are ideal for special events but can’t be used to bribe the rare bird that would prefer a broccoli pop.
Italian eats can be found at Convito Cafe and Market, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Convito Cafe and Market, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
Got kids? No problem at Convito Cafe and Market! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Convito Cafe and Market has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
At Convito Cafe and Market, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
The dress code is strictly casual at Convito Cafe and Market, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Convito Cafe and Market as well.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to Convito Cafe and Market.
Convito Cafe and Market provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Menu items at Convito Cafe and Market tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Convito Cafe and Market offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Convito Cafe and Market!
When you're in the mood for pasta or pizza, head over to Convito Cafe and Market and indulge in a classic Italian dish.