La Sardine - Chicago
Sometimes, all you really want are classic French dishes, prepared in the traditional manner with high-quality ingredients by chefs who know what they’re doing: that’s what you’ll find at the Loop’s La Sardine. Escargots, foie gras torchon, salad Lyonnaise, steak frites, cassoulet, and all the other well-known dishes in the French food encyclopedia are served here with loving attention to detail and time-honored tradition. Though cocktails are available, there’s a wine list divided into regions (Loire, Alsace, Bordeaux, and so on), with many available by the glass. The brass work around the simple and elegant dining area signals that this is a brasserie, which ensures ample libations and solid cuisine presented in a comfortable, casual, and somewhat rustic, room.).