French cuisine is often sophisticated, whether it's in the form of haute cuisine or comfort food. The French love to eat well-balanced and flavorful meals based on local and high-quality ingredients. Like many ethnic cuisines, dishes pay homage to their inspiration. Le Bouchon’s style of cooking and atmosphere is unique to the Rhone-Alpes region of France while Everest reminds diners of the French Countryside.
There is no shortage of Michelin winners among our favorite French restaurants. Le Petite Folie is where many University of Chicago professors go to celebrate their Nobel Prizes while Tru, one of the city's top restaurants, elevates the experience of its diners to a true artform.
Not all French restaurants need to blow your budget. La Sardine is surprisingly affordable given its menu offerings and Bistro Campagne offers a great, reasonably-priced wine selection. Also, high-end dining establishments like Les Nomades offer pre-theater prix fixed menus which makes them more affordable than ordering off the regular prix fixed menus.
While most of our selections are throughout the city, two notables are outside city borders. Froggy’s French Café in Highwood (North Shore) and Tallgrass in Lockport get high marks and keeps diners returning on a regular basis.
Many restaurants offer traditional French cuisine with their own twist and as in most places, diners particularly seek out the specials so they can enjoy the best flavors of the season, too. As expected, great French wine almost always plays a leading role in many diners’ experiences.
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