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French Bistros

nsxtasy | | Mar 11, 2009 01:51 PM

I recently enjoyed the Tuesday special (3 courses from the entire menu for $25) at La Sardine; the food was great (particularly the mussels and the dessert souffle), as was the value, of course. Now I'm wondering which other French bistros I ought to consider. In addition to La Sardine, I've also tried and enjoyed Bistro 110, Kiki's, Brasserie Jo, Mon Ami Gabi, and Bistro Campagne in the city, and in the suburbs, Jacky's and Jilly's in Evanston, Café Central in Highland Park, and Miramar in Highwood. The only French bistro that disappointed me was Café Matou - not that it was bad, but it just didn't bowl me over.

Would anyone like to recommend other French bistros for me to try, as well as provide additional opinions on these? (I'm aware that Le Bouchon is the sister restaurant to La Sardine and also does the special on Tuesdays.) I'd love to hear opinions about which are the best, as well as any places to avoid. I should also mention that I've already done a search of previous topics with recommendations for French bistros, including these:

Here are the French bistros I'm aware of (and I'll note that I'm referring to moderately-priced, casual places serving traditional French bistro fare, and not the more expensive "fine dining" French restaurants):

Brasserie Jo (River North) -
Kiki's Bistro (River North) -
Cyrano's Bistrot and Wine Bar (River North) -
Madame Tartine (River North) -
Bistro 110 (Michigan Avenue) -
Bistrot Zinc (Gold Coast) -
Bistrot Margot (Old Town) -
Old Town Brasserie (Old Town) -
Mon Ami Gabi (Lincoln Park) -
Cafe Bernard (Lincoln Park) -
Bistro Campagne (Lincoln Square) -
La Tache (Andersonville) -
La Sardine (West Loop) -
Marche (West Loop) -
Le Bouchon (Wicker Park) -
Café Matou (Wicker Park) -
Cafe Absinthe (Wicker Park) -
Chez Joel Bistro (Little Italy) -
La Petite Folie (Hyde Park) -
Jacky's Bistro (north suburban Evanston) -
Jilly's Café (north suburban Evanston) -
Cafe Central (north suburban Highland Park) -
Froggy's (north suburban Highwood) -
Miramar (north suburban Highwood) -
Retro Bistro (northwest suburban Mount Prospect) -
D&J Bistro (northwest suburban Lake Zurich) -
Bistro Monet (west suburban Glen Ellyn) -

So, how about it, Chowhounds - where should I go the next time I want to try another French bistro?