I have been dying to eat at Avec ever since I saw it on Food Network’s show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”. (I love that show, I wish they would come out with a new season! Anytime we go to a new city, I scour the list for recommendations. We have tried some great spots thanks to it. But I digress.) Then when I saw that it is one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorites, I knew that I HAD to try it. The other weekend while visiting some girlfriends in Chicago I finally had the opportunity to dine at Avec, and it did not disappoint!
They only take walk-ins, and the restaurant is small, so the wait time can be long. My friend and I arrived at 7:00pm on a Saturday night and we were seated at the bar at 8:30pm. We had cocktails at Blackbird (same owner) next door while we waited, so that helped the hour and a half fly by. The food at Avec is meant to be shared, so we ordered a bunch of small plates.
If I had to pick a favorite dish, I think it would be the dates. The sweet, salty, savory combo was amazing, and I loved sopping up the sauce with the warm bread.
Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, was seated a few tables away from us, so we enjoyed our meal while being watched by secret service agents.
The service was great - our waiter was very friendly and didn’t get mad when we tried three different types of wine before picking our bottle. Hey, these are important decisions! I can’t wait to come back to Chicago and take TheBetterHalf to this restaurant!
TheBetterHalf says: It seems unfair that CateyLou would go to a restaurant called “Avec” sans me (and I thought that high school French would never come in handy). But seriously, this place is at the top of my lists to go once I get my fill of delicious deep dish pizza. Mmm deep dish.