We went out to Bluette in north suburban Wilmette for Valentine's Day dinner tonight, and it was very good.
Bluette is a small restaurant in the central business district of Wilmette, owned and run by David Richards, the owner-chef of Sweets and Savories in Lincoln Park in the city. The menu is quite similar, featuring dishes that span the gap between contemporary American and classic French bistro cuisines.
For the savory dishes, we stared with the seared foie gras and salad lyonnaise, then had mains of seafood stew and day boat scallops. Everything was very good. So were the desserts: fallen chocolate souffle cake, and white chocolate key lime pie. The latter was especially good, with a cookie-like crust and a filling that was more like a mousse than the traditional firmer key lime pie filling, and was also a bit milder (i.e. less tart) in flavor. The only thing that was off was the bread, which was French bread of a spongey consistency like you'd find at the supermarket - but everything else was so very good that this was not a big deal, really.
Service was excellent too; our server was knowledgeable and friendly. The pacing was a bit odd - the entrees were presented while we were not quite done with our apps, whereas there was a bit of a wait between the mains and desserts - but again, this wasn't critical.
Prices were reasonable; our apps were $10 and $12 (a bargain for foie gras), entrees $24, and desserts $7. It becomes even more of a bargain for those who take advantage of the BYOB policy to bring their own wine, with no corkage fee.
All in all, we really enjoyed our dinner there. Bluette is normally open Wednesdays through Sundays, but was open today for Valentine's Day. They accept reservations on Opentable.com as well as over the phone. They are not set up for credit cards, so it's cash or check only.
1162 wilmette ave
wilmette, il 60091
847 853 8988