When it comes to French dining, it makes perfect sense to let the French be your guide. Michelin assesses restaurants around the globe as part of its famous star-rating, which represents the very best in cuisine. Here are the Michelin Guide’s top French restaurants in Chicago – and what the Michelin inspectors said about them.
4518 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 60625
Rating: The Michelin Plate
What the Michelin inspectors said…
The romantic ideal of a French bistro is alive and well at quaint Bistro Campagne, where a tiny bar by the entrance is ready with your aperitif. Light slants through wooden Venetian blinds, bouncing off cream-and-brick walls in the welcoming dining room. Choose a white cloth-covered table inside or dine outside under the garden’s twinkling lights and green tree branches.
Inspired accompaniments make for memorable versions of rustic French standards. Start with a large, savoury bowl of soupe à l’oignon gratinée capped with a thick layer of melting Gruyère. Then, discover their pitch-perfect duck pithiviers, wild mushroom duxelles and hazelnuts in puff pastry with a Madeira reduction. Brown butter pain perdu tucked with black figs is moist and delicious.
We want to try…
Tartine de champignons − wild mushrooms, charred broccoli, pickled red onion, radish, goat’s cheese, garlic scape pistou, lemon and smoked butter ($25).