Oh Nellcôte, you sexy little thing, you!
If there was ever a restaurant that I would dub “sexy”, Nellcôte would definitely be the one! Coming in at #20 on Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2012 list, you can find Nellcôte under its bright orange awnings at 833 W. Randolph St., nestled between Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat and Graham Elliot’s latest venture, G.E.B.
Once through the doors and past the relatively unassuming façade, you’re smack dab in the middle of Nellcôte’s gorgeous dining room, inspired by the French villa where the Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main St. (and most certainly engaged in several other recreational activities). European-chic chandeliers line the ceilings and, along with candles on each table, provide a warm, dim lighting that sets the mood for the perfectly intimate date.
Nellcôte’s menu includes pizzas made using flour milled in their basement and a wide variety of small plates, meant to be shared, all with a European inspiration. We shared the Fresh Bread, Fennel Sausage Pizza, Robuchon Potatoes, Dry Aged Illinois Beef Ribeye, and the Chocolate Parfait-it was all delicious! Our server was fantastic and all of his recommendations were spot on. My favorites were the thin, doughy pizza and the creamy, buttery potatoes, yum!!
As if Nellcôte wasn’t enough, we ended the night with a cocktail at the somewhat hidden RM Champagne Salon, around the corner at 116 N. Green St. This was an absolutely gorgeous space as well, another perfect spot for an intimate date or for a classy night out with the girls!
Nellcôte and RM Champagne Salon are just two of the many new bars and restaurants that have turned this West Loop neighborhood into Chicago’s latest foodie mecca…and with exciting new openings on a seemingly monthly basis, this ‘hood is just getting started!