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Chez Joël Bistro

1119 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607


Already a misfit among a multitude of pasta joints, this unassuming bistro further veers from the pack due to its blissful untrendiness. But the mature crowd is in on the restaurant’s big secret: bold French flavors served at palatable prices by an au fait—yet unstuffy—staff. An arugula salad soars to unexpected heights, thanks to warm honey mustard dressing and chewy figs; the lamb shank is fork tender and is paired with irresistible mashed potatoes; and the requisite steak frites deliver with buttery grill-marked meat and a mound of satisfying fries. Seek out the quaint patio on summer nights and bask in the simplicity of it all.

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Dishes We Liked

Salade Gourmande with arugula, Belgian endive, chicore frisée, pecans, and dried Mission figs ($8.50); tuna tartare special ($11.50); steak frites with garlic butter and pommes frites ($24.95); braised lamb shank with wild mushroom fricassee and mashed potatoes ($22.95); spaghetti aux fruits de mer with mussels, clams, shrimp, and scallops ($19.95)

Additional Information:

Price: $40-$49
Cuisine: French
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Noteworthy: Child friendly
Outdoor dining
Wheelchair accessible
Hours: L Tue-Sat, D Tue-Sun. Br Sat.
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