It’s official…I’ve found my new favorite Chicago restaurant! Not even just my favorite Chicago restaurant, my favorite anywhere restaurant! Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf in River North is so gorgeous, so chic, so intimate, so PERFECT I just can’t keep it to myself! Any restaurant that can make stroganoff sexy is a winner in my book!
Brendan Sodikoff has done it again, adding another notch on his belt of culinary achievements that also includes Gilt Bar, Curio, Maude’s, Doughnut Vault, and Au Cheval. Bavette’s, with its dim lighting, dark wood, crystal chandeliers, and expertly crafted throwback cocktails, offers the perfect twist to the traditional steakhouse.
This is the perfect spot for a special date, an intimate dinner with family or friends, or a just quick cocktail before a night on the town. With a drink menu that includes sparkling cocktails (M Laurent is my fav!), old fashioneds (go with the hardy vs cognac), thoughtful classics (thoroughly enjoyed Bavette’s Punch), perfect wines (the Sangiovese pairs perfect with the short rib stroganoff), and an expansive selection of scotch, whiskey, and bourbon, they’ve got a little something for everyone! If you can’t choose, their fantastic bartenders can undoubtedly steer you in the right direction!
Now those were just the drinks! Every bite of food we ate, from the warm, chewy sourdough bread to the crunchy hash browns with caramelized onions, was absolutely delicious. We started with a classic that actually originated in Chicago-the Shrimp DeJonghe. Butter, garlic, shrimp, a touch of sherry, and texas toast? Heaven! Make sure you use that toast to sop of every last bit!
For our mains, I opted for the Short Rib Stroganoff and Mike went with the Filet Mignon Petite Duchess Cut. The stroganoff was amazingly rich and creamy with chunks of short rib that just melted in my mouth. I would order this again, and again, and again! Mike’s filet…serious perfection. The thick cut of meat was a perfect medium rare all the way through. I don’t even know how you go about cooking such a thick cut like that!
For sides we went with our bartender’s suggestions of the hash browns and the elote style corn. I’m not really sure how elote style corn fits into this menu but I don’t really care, it was delicious! The hash browns are a must-order, I can assure you that you’ve never had hash browns like these before.
Although I would’ve loved to try their desserts, we were way too stuffed to even think about it, and we even brought a good amount of food home! Reservations are scarce so we just strolled in without one at 6pm on a Friday night and ended up snagging a couple seats at the bar. They put us on their wait list but by the time we left around 8p we still hadn’t been called, so if you want to dine and don’t have reservations, finding a seat at one of the bars (one upstairs and one down) or on one of their small sofas is the way to go. Our first visit was only last week and I’m already thinking about when I can return!