Avec – Chicago

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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.

Chorizo

Chorizo-stuffed medjool dates with smoked bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce

Lamb Pasta

Lamb bolognese pasta

Kale Salad

Kale salad with mushroom, egg, and parmesan

Pumpkin

Pumpkin bruschetta with ricotta salata

Mushroom

Mushroom and artichoke salad

Nutter Butters

Nutter Butters – the perfect small bite to end the meal

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 saysIt 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.

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  1. claire says

    dear thebetterhalf: cateylou went to avec, avec moi! you were missed, though – we could have ordered double the amount of food had you been with us! avec is definitely a spot to take you and KD the next time you & cateylou visit the windy city.

  2. says

    Mmm those all look delish!! I’ve never tried stuffed dates before, but they look great! At first glance, I thought they were meatballs (haha my bad eyes..). Thanks for the “The Best Things I Ever…” rec. I’ll be checking it out very soon :)

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