La Petite Folie

Restaurants, French Hyde Park
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La Petite Folie
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La Petite Folie

A midlife career change prompted chef Mary Mastricola to open this almost-hidden, slightly upscale spot a decade ago. The French wine list offers affordable choices, and the trusty menu gets updated with seasonal additions often. We like to visit in the fall, when dishes include boneless rabbit filled with truffled hazelnut mousse, but year-round you can expect classics including pan-seared Alaskan halibut and roasted Atlantic salmon. Older theatergoers gobble up the three-course prix fixe (offered 5–6:30pm).


Venue name: La Petite Folie
Address: 1504 E 55th St, in the Hyde Park Shopping Center

Cross street: at Harper Ave
Opening hours: Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner Tues-Sun from 5pm; Prix fixe dinner Tues-Sunday 5pm-6:30pm
Transport: Bus: 15, 28, 55, 171, 6 Jackson Park Express. Train: Elec Main to 55th-56th-57th St.
Price: Average main course: $24
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