Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Deal of the day . . .

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This intimate table for two at Cafe Matou could be yours tonight. (Photo: Peter Riskind)

Doesn't a cozy dinner for two sound pretty good for a chilly night like tonight?

Bucktown's Cafe Matou (1846 N. Milwaukee Ave, 773-384-8911), known for its special $23 prix-fixe menu Sunday-Thursday, just updated its dishes for the winter season.

In addition to the seasonal, French-focused menu, Executive Chef Charlie Socher also changes his entrees daily, so even if you wanted to go a couple of days a week, you'll be able to order something completely different.

Just some of the dishes making my mouth water just about now include the ragoût de poulet à la provençale (chicken braised with white wine, tomato, garlic and fresh basil), salade d’endive, champignons et tomates au fromage de chevre (composed salad of Belgian endive, mushrooms, tomato and goat cheese, served with herb vinaigrette) or the rillettes et saucisse d’ail (Toulouse-style duck rillettes and Lyons-style garlic sausage served with cornichons and caperberries).

Pair some of that with a nice, full-bodied bottle of red vino and you're certain to be warmed down to your bones.


Peter said...

I agree. Cafe Matou's is a hidden bucktown gem. The $23 three course dinner is a great value. Chef Charlie Socher's cuisine is first rate, and the restaurant has a cozy, funky vibe. Definitely worth checking out with your mate or date.

Anonymous said...

They also have a great wine list with affordable options. Good spot.

Anonymous said...

Love it here. So cozy and delicious.