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Bon Appetít - Nigerian Restaurant near McCormick Place

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Bon Appetít - Nigerian Restaurant near McCormick Place

John Beadle | Feb 1, 2004 09:30 AM

Bon Appetít
2333 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL
312-326-3079
312-437-2899

I've been meaning to drop by Bon Appetít for some time (I saw an ad in a local African paper), so when I went down to the Adler Planetarium with the family a few weeks ago, I had my chance.

Bon Appetít turns out to be run by the same lady who ran Restaurant Authentique some years ago, a dingy little hole in the wall at Cermak & State frequented by Nigerian cab drivers.

While the new space is much nicer, I am sorry to report that, compared with other Nigerian places in Chicago, Bon Appetít doesn't have a lot to offer. The carry-out menu mentions the usual Nigerian standards, including Edikaikong, a specialty of the Calabar region, but when we were there (4 p.m. on a Saturday) the only things available were Egusi Soup and Agbono with pounded yam, and black-eyed peas and rice. The consensus at our table was that the quality, too, wasn't up to the standards of our two favorite Chicago Nigerian places, Bolat & BQ Afro-Root Cuisine (addresses below).

To be fair, one visit may not be doing justice to Bon Appetít. If someone else would like to try it out and give us a report back, I'd be very interested.

Bolat African Cuisine
3346 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
773-665-1100

BQ Afro Root Cuisine
4802 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
773-878-7489

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