A surprisingly quaint French bistro half a block off Michigan Avenue
With superstar chef Dominique Tougne, who spent years showered in praise working in Paris and Bordeaux before coming to Bistro 110 in 1996, it’s hard to imagine a bad meal.
Upon arrival, your table will get a clove of roasted garlic that you won’t be able to resist (so don’t bring a first date here). Everything is as savory and buttery as it sounds, but my faves are the Escargots en Croute and the Quiche Lorraine (with gruyere and bacon). If you’re here for lunch, try the two- or three-course prixe fixe menu. For dinner, order one of the four distinctly Parisian aperitifs before your appetizer. But don’t forget the brunch! Many of my favorites still appear on this menu, but you’ll also see classics like French toast.
Depending on whether you order wine to go with your puff pastry-wrapped brie and artichoke appetizer, you’ll probably leave with a bill for food around $30 per person.
–Tara for TKGO City Guides110 E. Pearson St., Chicago. (312) 266-3110. Reservations recommended for dinner. Official site > Official Twitter feed, only occasionally useful > The lunch menu > Make a reservation online > Google Maps >