Saturday, April 18, 2009
Bistro 110 - Chicago
When we arrived in Chicago on Monday around 1 pm, it was cold and rainy and we were hungry and didn't want to walk miles to eat. Fortunately, the one restaurant that I was familiar with in downtown was only a few blocks away. So we held on tight to our umbrellas and hurried over to Bistro 110. When we walked into this lovely French restaurant located near the Water Tower, there was a fire in the fireplace and it seemed warm and cozy and a perfect place to eat lunch. My picture of the interior doesn't do justice to how charming a place it is - I was too embarrassed to walk around the restaurant taking pictures but I should have!
It was hard to make a decision what to eat. The wait staff was very patient as we asked questions about the menu. While we perused the selections, we nibbled on the classic French bread served with roasted garlic and butter.
They had a wonderful prix fixe menu for lunch with a choice of 2 or 3 courses. My friend Jenni decided to try that out and ordered this steak sandwich (which had a fancy name that I forgot). The toasted bread was flavored with pesto and it was layered with steak, tomato, lettuce, French fried onions, and other good stuff that I also forget. The fries were divine - perfectly crispy like good French fries at a French restaurant should be!
I had seen the Crêpes Farcies a la Fricassée de Volaille when I had looked at the menu online (and yes, I did have to copy/paste the name from the restaurant website!) and decided that was still what I wanted to order. Mmmmm - chicken, mushrooms, pearl onions, and bacon in a rich sauce and covered with melted guyere cheese.
Yes, it was good. Witmess my skillet licked clean.
Jenni had creme brulee with her meal and kindly shared it with me. I do love to crack through that sugar and the custard below was rich and creamy. We tried not to think about the calories.
Bistro 110 was a warm and cozy spot on a cold day. A perfect lunch to begin our visit to Chicago.