Chez Moi

By Anthony Todd

Chez Moi
Sometimes there is nothing better than a classic French bistro, which is why it's so wonderful that Chef Donimique Tougne (whose French accent is as thick as his pâté) sticks to well-executed versions of French favorites at Chez Moi. After spending 15 years turning out food for Michigan Avenue tourists at Bistro 110, Tougne is now out on his own, and he's created the perfect neighborhood restaurant. The lighting is romantic, the wine is generously poured, and the Alsatian-influenced menu has something for everyone, whether you prefer steak au poivre or choucroute. We’re particularly partial to “l’aperitif,” a selection of spreads for dipping. When you dip crispy frites in roasted garlic purée, you’ll understand why.

the crowd

A quiet mix of neighborhood residents, families, Lincoln Park shoppers, old friends, and couples on dates. This isn’t a formal restaurant; come as you are, bring children, and be prepared to have a good time.

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eye for design
Chef Tougne designed the space to be modern but classic; there’s nothing glaring that would seem out of date in 10 years. Look for the beautiful chandeliers—the original fixtures inside were off the shelf, but the wrought ironwork shells that surround them were custom-crafted for the restaurant.

legacy of French cuisine
Longtime Chicago residents may have been in this space before. The previous tenant, Café Bernard, was here for decades and was one of Chicago’s first French bistros. Chef Tungne was very conscious of this legacy when he designed the space and the menu; Chez Moi hasn’t disappointed the regulars yet.



dinner: Sun–Thu 5 PM–10 PM; Fri–Sat 5 PM–11 PM
brunch: Sat–Sun 9:30 AM–3 PM

price range

$10 to $29