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Le Bouchon, Chicago: 1 reviews and 1 photos

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by yooperprof

Charming, unpretentious French bistro in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood. I used to eat here a lot when I had friends living nearby. Not so much lately, but I did drop in for a quick salad during my July 2006 visit to Chicago. I love the cozy, neighborly ambience - it's a small place, and everyone is seated right on top of everyone else. Le Bouchon seems to be keeping its clients happy with fresh honest and relatively simple food - served in the true Friench style, of course. Would like to return for a full meal soon.

Most entrees are in the $15-20 range, but I think they offer a good value. It's a lot less than it would be if this restaurant were on N. Michigan Ave or in River North!

Incidentally, according to Wikipedia, a "bouchon" is a traditional style of French restaurant, higher in status than a cafe, but not as high as an institution of "haute cuisine." In a bouchon, the emphasis is on creating a convivial atmosphere, and fostering a close relationship between the chef and the patrons. One etymology traces the word "bouchon" to a stack of twisted straw. Now you know!

Address: 1958 N. Damen
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Wicker Park/Bucktown - take the Blue Line to the Damen stop
Phone: (773) 862-6600
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 4
Theme: French
Website: http://lebouchonofchicago.com/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 28, 2006
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