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615 W Randolph St, Chicago
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There are a few things we continue to love about the West Loop. One of them is that despite the fact the neighborhood keeps changing and new restaurants continually come into the mix, Avec stays the same.

The menu is focused around small plates rooted in European traditions, but with some Midwestern twists that incorporate seasonal ingredients. At Avec, you can always expect a few of the same great dishes - like chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates or taleggio and ricotta focaccia with a hint of truffle oil—as well as a mix of new and interesting items to keep the feeling from going stale. It’s this combination of familiarity and innovation combined with Avec’s relaxed yet busy atmosphere that keeps us wanting to come back beyond the honeymoon stage.

The design is minimal, with the same sleek wood making up the floors, walls, and bar throughout the long rectangular room. Considering how busy this place gets, we’re grateful that Avec now takes reservations. But even if you walk in and have to wait, order a a cocktail or two before you get seated and transition to one of the many reasonably-priced bottles of wine.

Don’t overlook this new classic. Get yourself to Avec.

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Arguably Avec’s signature dish, even more so than the dates. The focaccia comes stuffed with taleggio and ricotta cheese, and the truffle oil and fresh herbs give it a unique taste. It’s a large order and best for sharing between a group, but sometimes you need to overindulge a bit even for a party of two.

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Chorizo-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Dates, stuffed with chorizo, wrapped in bacon, and swimming in a piquillo pepper-tomato sauce. Salty, sweet, and comforting, all wrapped up into one.

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A delicious paella served with confit chicken, boudin, and clams. Consider ordering a half portion if you’re trying to maximize the number of dishes you can try.

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The potato and salt cod brandade is a comforting must-order. It's rich and silky, and comes with thick slices of toasted garlic bread.

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Whole Roasted Fish

Keep an eye out for the whole roasted fish, which is a great option as a larger dish to share. It’s always perfectly cooked and flavorful.

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