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Reasonably priced bistro dinners in Chicago?

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Lemon Tart Sep 26, 2010 04:21 PM

Staying at the Conrad Hilton. Looking for good bistro food for dinner for about $50-$70 per person wine included for Saturday and Sunday night. Also, a pre-theatre restaurant in the same category near Steppenwolf Theatre Company at 1620 N. Halsted Street. for Friday night. Many thanks in advance for your recs!!!

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    Greg in Chicago Sep 29, 2010 06:59 PM

    Kiki's Bistro is a terrific place to eat, festive, Mon Ami Gabi is also, though not exactly close to Steppenwolf.

    One of Chicago's best kept secrets is the Red Rooster, at 2100 N. Halsted, next door to Cafe Bernard, same kitchen. Red Rooster is Parisian grubby, intimate, modestly priced bistro menu and wine list, but great food. Many Chicagoans don't know about it, even.

    Their website doesn't have photos, alas. www.cafebernard.com/Redrooster/

    I have never taken anyone there who didn't love it. If you decide to give it a try, you'd be wise to get a reservation, they have only about 8 tables. You could always have a glass of wine there before going to Steppenwolf, or drop in after for dessert and coffee, if you'd care to.

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    Kiki's Bistro
    900 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610

    Mon Ami Gabi
    2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

    Cafe Bernard
    2100 N Halsted St Apt 3R, Chicago, IL 60614

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      Lemon Tart Sep 29, 2010 12:16 PM

      Thanks, all!

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        LudBag Sep 27, 2010 07:23 AM

        If you're willing to cab it to a different neighborhood, I'd also recommend Chez Joel on Taylor Street. Very quaint and cozy family-owned bistro with traditional French fare. You also can't go wrong with the other bistros already mentioned.
        http://chezjoelbistro.com/

        1. chicgail Sep 27, 2010 05:33 AM

          Le Sardine is Le Bouchon's sister restaurant. Located in the West Loop it's a bit closer than Le Sardine. Both are authentic and delicious bistro options. Like Le Bouchon there are other good bisto options in other neighborhoods but with something as good as Le Sardine reasonably nearby, why bother?

          Regarding dinner before Steppenwolf, Vinci is Italian, not French, but meets all your other criteria & and they're good at getting people out in time. Alternately, BOKA, across the street is very good contemporary American.

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          Le Bouchon
          1958 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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            jasonkc99 Sep 27, 2010 02:45 AM

            I've enjoyed:
            Le Bouchon in Bucktown: http://www.lebouchonofchicago.com/
            Kiki's Bistro in River North: http://www.kikisbistro.com/

            Also heard good things about:
            Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park: http://www.monamigabi.com/

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            Kiki's Bistro
            900 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610

            Le Bouchon
            1958 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

            Mon Ami Gabi
            2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

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