The late gourmand Lucius Beebe was fond of many Chicago restaurants and he preferred to dine in the Gallic fashion when possible at a number of long-gone haunts in the River North neighborhood. After my recent visit to Bistronomic located off the Magnificent Mile, I can say with complete certainty that we would enjoy their vigorously prepared viands. Here are 12 essential items on the menu now at French restaurant Bistronomic.
In the dusk of summer twilight, the entrance to Bistronomic affords a lovely passageway to the culinary traditions and expertise of Chef Marital Noguier. His fervent belief in the seasonality of various ingredients shines throughout the menu, as he and his team haunt the Green City Market and other local greengrocers to ensure that local flavors are represented in cadence with the changing weather and climate in this corner of the Midwest.
Amidst the bustle and buzz of couples sliding in for a long repast, folks chatting at the bar, and other bits of merriment, there is the elaborate menu which has a bit of something for every palate in the best way possible. As I imagine you might be here for dinner, I recommend starting with one of their cheese selections (why not Humboldt Fog?) and then moving on to some of their small plates.
In this arena, I can heartily recommend the Spring Mesclun Mix and Asparagus Salad, and you'd do well to inquire about the daily tartare offerings. Soup-forward folks will also want to order up the Fish Soup, which is accented by mussels, saffron, and more.
The other plates of note include the Prince Edward Island Black Mussels, Seared Divers Scallops, and the Duck Confit. Several of these might do well for a quartet of diners to share and your party might be even more ambitious by ordering some of the large plates, such as the Faroe Island Salmon or the Organic Amish Chicken.
Of course, you may be so impressed that you'll be back for another meal, particularly if you're staying nearby at one of the Magnificent Mile or River North distinguished hotels. Brunch on the weekends is a terrific idea and along with the usual suspects (French toast, pancakes, and the like), they also offer a robust Flat Iron Steak with Two Farm Eggs, complemented by duck fat red bliss potatoes in a red wine reduction.
I'm hesitant to conclude with any drink recommendations as they are all prepared with a careful benediction, but you should not leave without trying their Paris Twist, which brings together vodka, ginger lavender, and lime.
Hope you still have room to try one of the delicately made desserts. Try the Chocolate Hazelnut Bars (pictured at top), or the Bistronomic Lemon Tarts with linzer dough, meringue, and mixed berries coulis.
Be sure to stop by soon for lunch, dinner, or brunch and one more aside: they have a lovely outside seating terrace that is a place to see fellow flankers and to take in the sights and sounds of a pleasant day out in Chicago.
The Essentials: Bistronomic
840 N Wabash Ave
(312) 944 - 8400
- Open for dinner daily, lunch (Wed-Fri) & brunch (Saturday-Sunday 10am - 2:30pm)
- Reservations accepted online and by phone
Photo credit: Jason W Kaumeyer