Mon Ami Gabi
While in Las Vegas we had dinner at Mon Ami Gabi and truly loved it. Both of us had steak. I had the filet and my husband had the filet in a puff pastry. We received a delicious complimentary risotto and we enjoyed the sides and dessert. I would like to know if the Mon Ami Gabi in Chicago is recommended, as we'll be visiting in June. Waiting to hear. Thanks in advance.
There are actually two Mon Ami Gabi locations in the Chicago area. One is in Lincoln Park,, in Chicago's northside, and one in Oakbrook a western suburb.
I have only been to the Oakbrook location. I've dined there perhaps ten different times, and have always enjoyed the food and ambience. The Oakbrook Mon Ami Gabi provides good bistro fare at reasonable prices.
They are Lettuce Entertainment You restaurants. The LEY restaurants don't often get a lotta love on this site, perhaps because some feel they're too formulaic, and if successful, they often become small chains, such as Mon Ami Gabi.
I've always enjoyed the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, going back to the early 1970's.
I think Lettuce Entertain You restaurants get plenty of respect here, because they are not your typical "chain". Each concept (and chef) is given a lot of independence, so they are not all clones of each other. And they span a wide range of places. I frequently see recommendations here such as Everest, Tru, and Ambria* for fine dining; Wildfire for steak; Shaw's and Joe's for seafood; etc.
Same thing for the Levy restaurant group (Spiaggia and Cafe Spiaggia for seafood, Fulton's on the River for seafood, etc).
*The chef/owner of Ambria is Gabino Sotelino, who serves his less expensive namesake restaurant, Mon Ami Gabi, in a similar capacity.
I haven't been to the Chicago location in a while, but I would certainly recommend it based on my previous experiences there - it has a very nice decor, and we've always been pleased with the food, etc.
However, having said that - since you already have experience with Mon Ami Gabi and if a steak place is what you are looking for, there are TONS of really great steak places in the city you might take the opportunity to try. Chicago Chop House is one of my favorites and I have seen lots of recommendations for Lawrys and Gene and Georgettis.