avec, Chicago

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

avec Chicago Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – avec is a rustic mediterranean shared plate restaurant in Chicago. Originally conceived as a wine bar, the kitchen’s offerings quickly steered the space in another direction. Wine, however, remains at avecโ€™s core.

The One off restaurant group runs several of Chicago’s best including Blackbird, Nico, and Publican.

avec Chicago Interior Decor

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We walked in early and sat at the communal table. The one downside is that this restaurant is VERY loud. Wood walls and ceiling box the sound in.

Cuisine – French, Basque, Mediterranean
Location – Chicago, West Loop

Verdict – avec surprised us with really good food. With 4.5 stars on Yelp, we expected good stuff and got it. Service was good with a server that knew her stuff and no need to hail waitstaff. Foodies should definitely put it on your short list.

avec Food Picks:
Mojito ($13) was smooth and strong.

avec Chicago chicken liver crostini

chicken liver crostini with rhubarb mustard and fresh mint ($14) is definitely a must get. Simply smooth liver with tart/sweet rhubarb and excellent grilled country bread. The server said there was a fan club attached to this dish. We are part of it.

chorizo stuffed medjool dates ($17) with bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce is also a signature dish and must order. A little Sweet and Savory, the 4 large pieces achieve a nice balance.

avec Chicago roast butchers steak

roast butcher’s steak with charred leeks, black garlic romesco and spanish peanuts ($18) was also recommended and hit the mark. Tender cuts of meat cooked to a nice medium rare.

avec Chicago charred eggplant

charred eggplant with pickled cherries, zhoug, chickpea hummus and heart baked pita ($12) had fantastic pita and a smooth hummus. Very interesting flavors with the cherries and eggplant.

avec Chicago Sorbet

peach sorbet ($4) had 2 scoops of housemade sorbet. Neutral in flavor and not too sweet.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)

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Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

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