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French Bistro

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Have recently moved here and am loving every minute. Downside - French food is my favorite. Can anyone recommend a good bistro - am not interested in the upscale, overpriced, white tablecloth places - in the City preferably north of the Loop? Am looking for one of those cozy places that you can wander into and sit down to a wonderful bowl of soup, good bread and a good glass of red wine. Thanks!!

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  1. The first place that sprang to mind was Le Bouchon in Wicker Park. I have not eaten there but am quite fond of La Sardine (which is located in the West Loop), which has the same owner.

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    1. I have been hearing a lot of nice things about La Sardine (located in the West Loop). I am heading there for my first time early next month: http://lasardine.com/menu.htm

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      1. Le Bouchon and La Sardine are sister restaurants. They are very good and pretty darn authentic and would normally be my first and only recommendation.

        However, this weekend, a group dinner took me to Cyrano's Farm Table on Wells St. at Ohio. It's been there forever and I had never tried it.

        I was delighted and surprised by how good the food was. We shared some of the best (and biggest) mussels I have ever had. I had an incredibly fork-tender lamb shank. We were also seated in the lower level where there was delightful live music. And very reasonable.

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        1. re: chicgail

          This is one of my favorite cuisines, and I enjoy many of the bistros in town, including Mon Ami Gabi, Bistronomic, Kiki's, Bistro Zinc, Chez Joel, Cyrano's, and Bistro Campagne. For an Americanized twist on a French bistro, I adore Maude's Liquor Bar, and had an outstanding yet not quite traditional cassoulet there in May. Haven't been to La Sardine or Le Bouchon, yet know I'd love them also. I think the food and service are of good quality at all I mentioned, and there are minor variations in ambiance (e.g., noise level, table-spacing). I suggest choosing one, possibly based on location, and working your way through town. Bon appetit!