I have eaten at this restaurant many times, and have not posted on it because it is not particularly unusual. I am posting now because i have decided that it is really the best value, good french food around. It is at an unusual location, in Palatine near the southest corner of lake-cook rd, and rt 12 (rand rd), surrounded by used car lots, and down the street from a strip joint. it is where le titi de Paris originally was, and is run by the same guy who started titi (though not the same chef). appetizers generally range from 4-8 dollars, and entrees top out at 22. It is fairly elegant french bistro food, but cooked at a level that comes close to the top french restaurants around. Our meal last night compared favorably to one at Everest two weeks ago, for less than half the price.
I had steak hache, which was close to a pound of raw chopped steak mixed with the usual suspects (onion, capers, parsley,egg). it was outstanding, and only $11. the seafood specials are consistently good, especially the ones steamed in parchment. the veal shanks are also quite good. my wife and i both had the sauteed foie gras appetizer, which for 11 bucks, was larger and better than everest's 20 dollar version. the chef is a french-trained Laotian, so there is often some unusual spicing, but it seems to always work.
The only quirks at Petit Bistro are the napkins(they are white washcloths), and when it gets busy on weekends, the service can be slow. the waiters are both veterans of Le Francais who bailed out when they saw the ship was sinking, so the service is great when they dont get overloaded.
the wine list is not large, but has a diverse selection at very reasonable prices.
Petit Bistro on 12
2273 Rand rd Palatine