Duck a l'Orange in Chicago
Had any good Duck a l'Orange recently?
This is in no way an answer, but No, I haven't!
What a shame!
I'm searching metromis and just not finding that many hits-
Mon Ami Gabi on Tuesdays...
Froggy's in Highwood...
Le Titi de Paris doesn't have it this season, but might be our best hope!
Most of the French restaurants I looked at seemed to have duck on the menu, but I just couldn't fined a real a l'orange in the bunch!
Post back if you find a winner!
The decline of traditional French cuisine (as reported in Crain's Chicago Business 18 months ago - http://chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/ma... ) is one big reason why it's not that common any more. And I suspect a lot of the French bistros/restaurants feel that they can be creative by making a duck dish different from the conventional l'orange.
If you're open to other duck preparations, and you ever get to southwest Michigan, the very best duck dish I have ever had in my entire life was the cocoa spiced crusted duck - coconut scallion corn cake, pan seared breasts, pomegranate syrah reduction - at Everyday People Cafe in Douglas, near Saugatuck. You can read the detailed report of my dinner there at www.chowhound.com/topics/413534
I have it every time I go to Le Bouchon. It's quite delicious. It is listed as a "special", but it always seems to be on the specials list. It is served as a whole duck for two and it's about $17per person or so. I haven't had it for a while but it usually comes with wild rice and some vegetables. If you go on a Monday, wines are 1/2 price and the list has some interesting and fairly priced things.
Yeah, I had the Peking Duck a l'Orange at Friendship Chinese restaurant last week. I get it there every time. I ask for a little red pepper flakes with it; so it's got a little heat with the sweet and salty. Granted, it's not french, but it's really freakin good.