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Cuisine: European, French
Price Range: $$
A favorite of the late Julia Child and a beloved date spot for a young Barack and Michelle Obama, Le Bouchon has been a sanctuary of sumptuous French fare for a quarter of a century in... Read More
A favorite of the late Julia Child and a beloved date spot for a young Barack and Michelle Obama, Le Bouchon has been a sanctuary of sumptuous French fare for a quarter of a century in Chicago. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu is in French and English and includes many of the best traditional dishes: soupe a l'ognion, steak frites, confit de canard and moules frites. Favorites among diners include crisp duck for two, rabbit, escargot, steak frites and bouillabaisse. Don't miss ethereal gougéres - French cheese puffs. The extensive wine selection offers a nice range of bottles and price ranges and a full bar includes craft cocktails and beer. Take advantage of half-price bottles on Mondays. The best food value is found on Tuesdays, with a $38 prix fixe menu that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert. Oysters for a buck at the bar star on Thursdays.
- French: "Le Bouchon is diminutive so make a reservation or be amenable to sitting at the bar or waiting for table."
- Best for French Because: A charming, intimate French restaurant in the heart of Bucktown, Le Bouchon is a perfect place for a special occasion.
- Bucktown's Best Restaurants: "Consider taking public transportation (Blue Line stop at Damen) or use the valet, since finding street parking can be tough."
- Best for Bucktown's Best Restaurants Because: A 3-course prix fixe menu is available for $33 on Tuesdays, plus there are $1 oysters at the bar on Fridays.