A Delicious Meal From A to Zinc

October 2, 2014

Gold Coast French restaurant, Bistro Zinc, began its year-long 16th year anniversary in September. The cozy restaurant is one I had walked by countless times but never had the chance to walk into. The BF and I stopped by on a Thursday evening to check out the classic and seasonal menus.

Warm and Cozy Dining Room
The restaurant was fairly busy and we were seated in a comfy booth.  We started off with a bottle of red and an appetizer from Bistro Zinc's seasonal menu, griddled bucheron cheese with peaches and balsamic. The cheese was served with the rind and the grilled peaches were a sweet balance to the acidity of the balsamic. Such a lovely, yet simple appetizer.

Griddled Bucheron Cheese With Peaches & Balsamic
The BF always likes to try French onion soup at any French restaurant we go to, and this was no different. He said "it perfectly fits the style" (I think that means it got the thumbs up!).

French Onion Soup
For our entrees, we wanted to split two very different items that we could share. The first was sauteed skate with brown butter, capers, and lemon. This dish also was from the seasonal menu and was my favorite dish of the night. Skate is not a fish I typically see on menus, so I definitely wanted to try it. It was lightly breaded and pan-seared and served with creamy potatoes and croutons. The lemon brightened the dish and the butter was a nice complement (when is it not?).

Sauteed Skate With Brown Butter, Capers & Lemon
The other entree the BF and I split is a staple on French menus, steak frites. Bistro Zinc's version included a generous dollop of herb butter, as well as crispy, not greasy frites. I thought the steak was cooked well, but the fries were nothing to write home about.

Steak Frites
Before we knew it, it was time for dessert! Because we couldn't decide between two different items, we ended up getting both...life's too short! The first was my pick, almond-butter cake with macerated berries. While I usually tend to gravitate toward anything with chocolate, this dessert spoke to me. The cake was extremely moist and dense, and the fresh berries provided a fresh, sweet contrast.

Almond-Butter Cake With Macerated Berries
The BF's dessert pick was the chocolate mousse. When it arrived, I was glad we ordered two desserts because I REALLY like dessert. The mousse was good, but I still liked the cake better. It worked out because the BF really liked the chocolate mousse. According to him, "it was better than most chocolate mousse I've had before". That's pretty good if I do say so.

Chocolate Mousse
Bistro Zinc is a class French restaurant and I loved the ambiance and their informed waitstaff. I appreciated how you can order off a traditional French menu, as well as a seasonal menu, ensuring your meal will always be different!

Note: my meal at Bistro Zinc was complimentary; however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Bistro Zinc
1131 N. State
Chicago, IL 60610
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