Reminiscent of a small Parisian bistro, this restaurant brings rustic French cuisine to the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Inside, the date-worthy dining room is designed with dark wood trim, large windows, and white-clothed tables set in secluded little nooks. Even more inviting, however, is the outdoor patio strung with miniature globe lights and enclosed by brick walls and lush trees. The seasonal menu, created by chef Michael Altenberg using organic local ingredients, may feature such signatures as the French onion soup, steak frites, croque monsieur, and escargots au beurre d’ail. Desserts like the fig and brown butter bread pudding receive high praise, as well.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.