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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. re: masha

      Thank you!

    2. 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. re: Gonzo70

        Thanks!

      2. 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!