Avec – Chicago


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-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 bruschetta with ricotta salata


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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