Evanston's French Gem

September 8, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I went out to dinner with the BF and his mom for her birthday. We ended up at Bistro Bordeaux in Evanston, a cute French restaurant on Church street. I was pretty surprised I'd never heard of the restaurant considering I'd walked past it so many times.

The restaurant was fairly empty on the Thursday evening that we dined. The dining room is very cozy and decorated with traditional French artwork and knickknacks. We started our meal with a few glasses of French wine and ordered the housemade charcuterie plate. It came nicely prepared with homemade sausage and pate, as well as mustards and pig ears. Everything was very fresh and perfect with the crusty French bread it was served with.

Housemade Charcuterie Plate
For our entrees, we all ordered something different. The BF's mom tried the olive-oil-poached cod with beets, asparagus and leeks. She loved the dish and it was also very nicely plated.

Olive Oil Poached Alaskan Cod
The BF ordered the steak frites which included a skirt steak topped with an herb butter. The butter was quite aromatic and made the meat even juicier. The steak was served with a generous portion of frites flavored with beef tallow (aka beef fat).

Steak Frites
I ordered the moules frites prepared with white wine, garlic and shallots. The broth was very garlic-y and flavorful and was perfect for dipping the French bread. The dish was also served with a large portion of fries with a garlic aioli.

Moules Frites
For dessert, the BF's mom ordered the creme brulee. I'm not a huge fan of the French treat, but she loved every single bite of it.

Creme Brulee
The BF and I shared the Pain Perdu au Calvados, a long name for fried brioche topped with caramel, brandy, and vanilla ice cream. We loved this dessert! It tasted just like buttery French toast, and that caramel was like velvet.

Pain Perdu au Calvados
I was impressed with the quality of food and the cute interior of the restaurant. On the night we dined, there was only one main server, and it was obvious they needed some help with service. Aside from that, the food was great so I'm giving Bistro Bordeaux 4 ghosts!

Bistro Bordeaux
618 Church Street
Evanston, IL60201
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1 comment

  1. Totally agree on the great quality of the food. We love going on Mondays for the 3-course farmer's market menu (in season, obviously). Prix fixe, includes wine pairings. Also did Mother's Day brunch there, and it was a huge hit.


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