Le Bouchon

Restaurants , French Bucktown
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Le Bouchon
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Le Bouchon

Yes, it’s small and crowded, and you’ll have to wait at the bar for a bit even with a reservation. But it’s the closest thing Chicago has to that adorable little bistro in Paris. Regulars have their never-fail favorites: the flaky, caramelly onion tart; the robust onion soup with a gluttonous amount of Gruyère; the butter-topped steak flanked by perfectly crisp frites; the hard-to-find seared veal kidneys with mustard sauce; the feeds-two duck à l’orange; and the simple profiteroles. Only snootier waiters could make for a more French experience.

Venue name: Le Bouchon
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Address: 1958 N Damen Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between Homer St and Armitage Ave
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop:Blue to Damen. Bus:50,73.
Price: Average main course: $19
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Grace P

Le Bouchon is the best French place in the city. It's super authentic bistro fare-- a.k.a., VERY liberal with the butter, and a very serious red wine list.

Kris Vire
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This adorable Bucktown spot turns out excellent renditions of traditional French fare in a lively, welcoming (if small) room. Dishes like a rich onion soup, a generous bouillabaisse and a well-executed steak frites (with herb butter or sauce au poivre) are quite satisfying, as is the healthy wine list. There's no space to wait for a table, though; in the winter you'll want to make a reservation.