While in Chicago this weekend, I was on a mission to try some of the city's top French bistros.
First on the list: Kiki's. After a nice greeting from the smiling hostess, we were told that Kiki would seat us momentarily. There's actually a Kiki! And yes, he drives the little red VW with "Kiki's" written on the side that is parked out front. I can't help but sense we are going to have a great meal when the owner takes the time to seat his guests. . .and I was right! I had veal paillard that was seasoned to perfection and hubs had "the best coq au vin" he's ever had. The restaurant was packed with locals (a few who were even speaking French) -- always a good sign. Kiki's is a must for a return trip to Chicago!
Next on the list was Bistro Campagne. As if the neighborhood, Lincoln Park, wasn't charming enough, they had to add this enchanting little bistro to the mix. Need a more romantic setting? Head out to the vine and tree covered patio with its twinkling lights illuminating the sky. Oh yea, and the food? Well let's just say my Salade Maraichere au Chevre Chaud and Gratin de Macaroni was off limits to hubs!
The last stop was Chez Joel. Are you beginning to see a trend? Chicago has fabulous neighborhood restaurants set in charming old brick buildings. Chez Joel is yet another one. With a romantic setting both inside and out, it's the perfect place for a special date. The presentation of each plate sets the tone for the delicious yummy-ness that takes place with every bite. I chose the lamb shank that fell off the bone. Hubs had the traditional bouillabaisse. According to him (I was threatened with a stab from his fork when I came in for a taste), it was mind-blowing good!