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Cyrano’s Bistrot and Wine Bar

by Matt B on December 11th, 2007

This holiday season is all about presents tradition, and chef Didier Durand of Cyrano's Bistrot and Wine Bar is bringing his French small-town traditions right here to Chicago. His Christmas Eve prix-fixe dinner includes dishes like roasted goose with savory chestnut stuffing and a grilled rib-eye steak with au poivre sauce and pommes frites. A la carte selections include roasted juniper-crusted rack of lamb and b'che de No'l. Many of the recipes come from Durand's mother, who prepared stunning meals for the family every holiday.

Cyrano's BistrotEven when you're not celebrating though, you may find yourself spending several hours at the restaurant. With all the smooth wine, great food, and comfortable surroundings, you won't want to leave. Cyrano's relaxed, rustic charm is supported by mustard-yellow walls, wood accents, and European knick-knacks.

The modern menu at Cyrano's (a block south of Gino's East) is comprised of French basics, so you won't need a translator to read the menu or order what you want. Diced garlic and sun-dried tomatoes accompany escargot wonderfully, while the salade nicoise is a big bowl of lightly dressed greens, flaked tuna, olives, and hard-boiled egg. And be sure to enjoy your glass (or bottle) of wine with les fromages, an assortment of six selected cheeses, served with grapes and walnut bread.

Cyrano's BistrotCan't decide what you want? Try the tasting menu, which features a selection of traditional French favorites in five prix-fixe dinners, ranging from three courses for $28 to seven courses for $51. Chilled lobster, steamed mussel mariniere, grilled prosciutto, grilled salmon, frog legs, duck salad' you're guaranteed to find new and familiar flavors you'll enjoy. Each of the dishes is also available a la carte to accompany entrees like roasted rabbit or saut'ed beef tenderloin. Other specialties include rotisserie chicken and grilled fresh fish du jour.

With flavors like these, it won't be long before Cyrano's becomes a tradition of your own.

Cyrano's Bistrot & Wine Bar ($$): 546 N Wells St; 312-467-0546
Reservations highly recommended
Mon ' Fri: 11:30 a.m. ' 2:30 p.m.
Mon ' Sat: 5:30 p.m. ' 10:30 p.m.
Sun: 4:30 p.m. ' 9:30 p.m.
Street parking difficult, valet available ($10)
Public trans: Bus # 11, 65, 125, 156

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2 opinions for Cyrano’s Bistrot and Wine Bar

  • Christmas Restaurants
    Dec 18, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    […] ' Cyrano's Bistrot and Wine Bar: The prix-fixe here includes dishes like roasted goose with chestnut stuffing along with a la carte selections like roasted juniper-crusted rack of lamb and bruche de Noel. Reservations recommended. (4:00 p.m. ' 8:00 p.m., $40) link […]

  • Stretch Run with It
    Oct 16, 2008 at 6:11 am

    […] Run is a bi-level sports bar (around the corner from Cyrano's) with over 200 television monitors, so you can be sure that every broadcast game, race, and event […]

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