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One of the steak entrees at Margeaux Brasserie

One of the steak entrees at Margeaux Brasserie

We have so many reasons to admire the French. They’ve got a lock on fashion, food and wine, plus we cannot get enough of those exotic accents. And lucky for Chicago, we don’t have to travel far to experience authenticity from our sister city.

For your eating and drinking pleasure, we’ve gathered some of the city’s most revered French establishments, from a modernized bistro by an award-winning Parisian chef to a hot new brasserie boasting a roving champagne cart and much more.

Bistronomic

Bistronomic

Bistronomic

Why It’s a Hit: Paris-born chef Martial Noguier is behind this award-winning restaurant showcasing the best from his homeland. There are a lot of great deals on Bistronomic’s menu, so diners may sample many dishes. Guests are first encouraged to sample from Bistronomic’s selection of artisanal cheeses. It’s $25 for all five or $5 for one. The house-made charcuterie selections are similar, in which diners may choose three for $13.50 or five for $24 with selections like prosciutto, dry-cured saucisson sec and house-made country pate. Then there’s the prix-fixe menu in which diners may select from two courses for $32 or three for $39. Best deals include hand-made Yukon Gold gnocchi, PEI black mussels and organic Amish chicken. Steak lovers should appreciate the beef selection at Bistronomic, which is all from the Midwest. Choose from filet mignon au poivre, New York strip or beef bourguignon-style short ribs.

The Blanchard

The Blanchard

Why It’s a Hit: In an area dominated by sports bars and pizza joints, this beautifully designed eatery is a breath of fresh air. Located in Lincoln Park, The Blanchard is classic and modern simultaneously, with a minimalist approach to design and an adjacent drinkery that’s perfect for meeting up for craft cocktails. Pull up seats to the bar and order one of four foie gras presentations (Our favorite comes with a delicate serving of roasted banana, black walnut powder, tropical fruit condiment and olive oil jam) paired with one of the house cocktails. Choose from The Blanchard’s signature Old Fashioned, which transforms the classic concoction into an experience with Cognac finished in Tennessee whiskey barrels and fresh lavender.

Brindille

Brindille

 

Brindille

Why It’s a Hit: It’s hard not to get star struck when discussing Carrie Nahabedian, but when an award-winning chef of this caliber teaches cooking classes like it’s no big deal, one must take advantage. The classically French trained culinary legend—whose accolades include Michelin stars and James Beard awards for her Naha restaurant—hosts a luncheon series with a cooking instruction component on select Saturdays. Participants learn about a different French region each time, and they may pair each of the five courses with wine. It’s $125 per person, or $180 when paired with wine.

Margeaux Brasserie

Margeaux Brasserie

Why It’s a Hit: There’s finally an exciting new restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria, and it happens to be French focused. The creation of James Beard winner Michael Mina, who boasts highly lauded restaurants throughout the country, Margeaux Brasserie is on the third floor of the luxury hotel property. It boasts all sorts of cool stuff you’d expect (classic French dishes such as roast Dover sole and steak frites with a choice of ribeye, New York strip or bavette) and not expect like a roving champagne cart serving bubbly by the glass (Keep those coming!). Try keeping this pro tip under wraps: There’s a daily happy hour from 4 to 6pm with offerings like wood-fired oysters, duck wings and $7 Hemingway daiquiris. And those coming in during brunch should consider ordering the bottomless glass of rosé for $30. Petit Margeaux, a classic French patisserie on the hotel’s lobby level, is also owned by Mina.

Maude’s Liquor Bar

Maude’s Liquor Bar

Margeaux Brasserie

Why It’s a Hit: There’s finally an exciting new restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria, and it happens to be French focused. The creation of James Beard winner Michael Mina, who boasts highly lauded restaurants throughout the country, Margeaux Brasserie is on the third floor of the luxury hotel property. It boasts all sorts of cool stuff you’d expect (classic French dishes such as roast Dover sole and steak frites with a choice of ribeye, New York strip or bavette) and not expect like a roving champagne cart serving bubbly by the glass (Keep those coming!). Try keeping this pro tip under wraps: There’s a daily happy hour from 4 to 6pm with offerings like wood-fired oysters, duck wings and $7 Hemingway daiquiris. And those coming in during brunch should consider ordering the bottomless glass of rosé for $30. Petit Margeaux, a classic French patisserie on the hotel’s lobby level, is also owned by Mina.

Le Bouchon

Le Bouchon

Why It’s a Hit: A Bucktown staple since 1993, Le Bouchon is that cool, neighborhood restaurant every neighborhood wishes it had. It’s small and intimate, but most important, it is consistent. Those wonderful smoked salmon rillettes you scarfed down two months ago when you visited should taste exactly the same as you remember. And service is always pleasant. On date night, couples can share a whole-roasted Peking duck. It’s best to plan that outing on Mondays when it’s half-price wines by the bottle night.