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Crêpe Bistro

Restaurants, French Loop
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Crêpe Bistro

This Loop crêperie—with its stainless-steel pendant lamps and black lacquer tables—skews more Sex and the City than Saint Germain Boulevard. But look past the ladies nursing cups of java and slinging gossip and you’ll find one of Chicago’s better crêperies. The spongy griddle-caramelized dishes are cooked to order, with fillings that’ll whisk you from Russia (salmon roe and sour cream) to France (coq au vin). During your voyage, stop for the Katmandhu, curried chicken drizzled with spicy-sweet chutney.


Venue name: Crêpe Bistro
Address: 186 N Wells St
Cross street: between Lake St and Couch Pl
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner (closed Sun, Mon)
Transport: EL stop: Clark/Lake.
Price: Average crêpe: $10
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So, I kind of used to live here. I came for crepes and martinis after work two to three times a week for maybe, oh, five years. If you work in the Loop and you haven't visited Crepe Bistro for after-work martinis (that's what they're called when they're served in *that* glass, so get off your high horses and embrace it!) then you are doing something wrong. GO NOW. But shhh, don't tell everyoneee. Just your closest coworkers and maybeee your spouse. This is my favorite hidden gem in all of the land. OK, I'll tell you all of my favorite things now: 

1) White chocolate martini, you won't be disappointed. If cream isn't your thing (psh), then try the French Bistro one. Sweet, but not deathly sweet like the peach one. 

2) Kathmandu crepe is pretty epic; the TimeOut review got that right. Props to that reviewer. 

3) Coq au vin crepe. Yas.

4) Fancy Panini, so simple, so delicious. The name! You have to embrace the comedy of the Bistro. Pair it with the tomato soup on a cold, bitter Chicago night. (Or a cup of Borscht.) This place is owned by a married couple, one from Russia, one from France. Or maybe they're both from Russia? Either way, this place has incredible vodka. Which brings me to the next point...

5) Vodka. You can order fancy vodka in a glass or a vodka tasting flight. Yes, honey. Go for it! You worked a long day.

6) DESSERT CREPES. All of them. 

This place is an establishment. It used to be known for its iconic $5 martini, but tragically, those martinis are $6 now. Happily, they pack a punch--possibly two shots each. One time my friends and I ordered maybe 35 martinis. But that's another story. People can get a little rowdy, especially on a Friday night. It's a joy. It's a pleasure. It's the Crepe Bistro.