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Really good French restaurant, not too pricey?

chloecat Sep 20, 2013 10:37 AM

Looking for a good French restaurant, preferably north of downtown, which would cost about $40-50 pp without wine.

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  1. Gonzo70 RE: chloecat Sep 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    Mon Ami Gabi is worth looking in to. Lincoln Park neighborhood (so north of downtown) and can be done in your price range. If you are willing to venture to the West Loop, then La Sardine is an option that also can be done at your stated price point. In downtown is Henri - but that would involve going a bit over the $50 price point.

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      masha RE: Gonzo70 Sep 20, 2013 11:28 AM

      La Sardine has a sister restaurant, Le Bouchon, that is located in Wicker Park -- i.e., to the north of downtown. I've never eaten at Bouchon, but really like La Sardine.

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        chetatkinsdiet RE: masha Sep 20, 2013 11:32 AM

        Le Bouchon is great- french bistro vs. french fine dining, but very good execution of what you'd expect from a french bistro.

    2. chicgail RE: chloecat Sep 20, 2013 12:38 PM

      Le Bouchon and La Sardine are excellent and relatively authentic French bistros. And with entrees in the 20s, I think doable inside your price point. I think both are quite good. Here are the websites:

      http://www.lebouchonofchicago.com/hom... and http://www.lasardine.com/.

      Mon Ami Gabi disappointed me. Part of a chain, it features steak frites with options of many cuts of beef and a variety of sauces. It is certainly reasonably priced, but struck me as way more American than French.

      The other option that I love is Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square. I have only been there once since Chef Michael Altenberg passed away last year, but the staff was committed to sustaining quality. Focus is on organic ingredients from sustainable family farms and VERY good food.

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        chloecat RE: chloecat Sep 20, 2013 03:22 PM

        Thanks. I think we'll try either La Sardine or Le Bouchon. They both look good!

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