We showed up at 7:30 pm on a Tuesday, and had to wait about 30 minutes for a table. Au Cheval doesn't take reservations, and the space is fairly small, so you're likely to wait for a table. We were seated in a comfy booth, not far from the open kitchen. The layout is like your standard diner with the kitchen in the middle, stools at the bar around it, and booths lining the perimeter.
Au Cheval boasts an impressive draft beer selection which we all ended up ordering from. I had no idea there were so many beers on tap, so this was a pleasant surprise. I had read about Au Cheval's fried chicken on Serious Eats, and other outlets, and had my heart set on trying it out. General Jane's Honey-Fried Chicken is their take on a General Tzo's chicken. It came with several large pieces of juicy chicken coated in a sweet and spicy red chili and honey sauce. Each bite was pure heaven as the sweetness oozed through and added the most perfect crunch to the chicken's crispy skin. The cilantro sprinkled on top helped with the heat from the strings of red chili. The warm towels were a nice touch, although I would have been perfectly content licking every last bit of that ridiculous sauce off of my fingers. Our table was let speechless.
|General Jane's Honey-Fried Chicken|
|French Fries with Garlic Aioli|
|Foie Gras with Scrambled Eggs|
800 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607