Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
Price Range: $$
Like your mom and Wrigley Field, just because they've been around for a while, it doesn't mean they've lost a bit of luster. The Mediterranean-meets-the-Midwest avec has been a Chicago favorite for 16... Read More
Like your mom and Wrigley Field, just because they've been around for a while, it doesn't mean they've lost a bit of luster. The Mediterranean-meets-the-Midwest avec has been a Chicago favorite for 16 years despite the hundreds of upstarts that come and go in the West Loop. And with good reason. Expect inspired healthy-ish options at lunch as well as dinner. Inspired shareable plates include chorizo-stuffed Medjool dates; grilled mackerel with charred grapes; and tabouleh salad with squash ghanoush. Sandwiches that will make you forget ham-on-rye forever include lamb burgers with tomato jam and tahini yogurt and grilled chicken shwarma on house-made pita sided with turmeric pickles. Or, opt for a three-course prix fixe for $24. Have a seasonal Metric coffee or a housemade lavender lemonade unless the fabulous wine roster beckons. Their standard wine glass pour is 250ml which is a little less than half a bottle!
- Lunch: "Gather two-to-six culinary compatriots and reserve avec lamb roti, whole roasted lamb shoulder served with warm pita, mezze and sauces pulsing with flavor."
- Best for Lunch Because: Hearty and healthy Mediterranean-meets-the-Midwest dishes in a lively communal atmosphere should put avec on your must-visit-for-lunch list.