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615 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Critic’s Notes

After more than ten years and the recent promotion of Erling Wu-Bower, Avec is still a well-oiled machine, dispensing pleasure and vacuuming up cash in a packed room that looks as good as it did on day one. Expect simple, seasonal, shareable small plates that let their ingredients shine. Cases in point: the brandade with garlic bread and a salad of hanger steak, shaved artichokes, pine nuts, and kale. To quote a nearby exuberant diner: “You’ve got to get the pork shoulder. It will change your life.” Only complaint: Compared with the exciting food, the wine list is starting to
to seem a bit sleepy.

Dishes We Liked

Brandade ($11), leek bruschetta ($13), hanger steak salad ($13), Fermin Serrano with figs ($22), pork shoulder ($21), chocolate budino ($3)

Additional Information:

Price: $30-$39
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Neighborhood: West Loop/West Town
Noteworthy: High noise level
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Will seat past 10:30 p.m.
Hours: L Mon-Fri, D nightly. Br Sun.
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