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November 26, 2006

avec

by gastronomicbypass

Location 615 W Randolph St

http://www.avecrestaurant.com/

In one word – Trendy

Food – The idea at avec is sharing, but with bacon covered dates and the city’s best cheese platter, I don’t really get into the idea of sharing.

Drink – Wine wine wine. Listen to the waiter’s recommendation.

Service – Chic city service, willing to give you recommendations but won’t interrupt your dinner. I appreciate that.

Scene – You realize Chicago has a trendy food scene when you step into avec. Wood benches for seats, pseudo communal eating with the neighboring patrons, open kitchen, it all works. They don’t take reservations, so go early if you want to eat quickly. There’s not a lot of waiting space in the restaurant, so maybe go on a nice day when you’re willing to wait for an hour outside.

Occasion – I brought my cosmopolitan European cousin here, he was impressed. Good for dates and intimate friend dinners.

Dress – Go Euro chic. Dark colors, simple yet classy look. No tie needed, but t-shirts probably wouldn’t work.

Cost – This is a nice dinner for me, I need an occasion to go to avec because typically I drop $40 – 60.

If you like…, try – Randolph Tasting Room, Ping Pong

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