Another Gold Coast French restaurant that’s nice enough for date night, but manages to remain affordable. Bistronomic has a straightforward menu, with dishes like duck breast and escargot, and everything is solid. The desserts here in particular stand out - like their “black and white” creme brulee (topped with bittersweet chocolate), which is really the only date we need.
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Eight Bar & Patio
Eight Bar & Patio is the casual all-day restaurant that’s attached to Maple & Ash, and serving upscale bar food.
25 Degrees is a solid, dimly-lit burger and beer kind of spot in River North. We approve.
Friends Ramen serves mini ramen bowls in the Gold Coast, but it's not very good. Skip it and opt for regular size ramen bowls somewhere else.
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Francois Frankie is an all-day French restaurant in the Loop with a rotating carousel bar.
Boeufhaus is a different kind of Chicago steakhouse. It's small, loud, cool, and still serves excellent steaks.
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