Restaurant review: by Marie F.

17 12 2008

Hemingway’s Bistro
211 N. Oak Park Avenue
Oak park, IL 60302
Owners:
Chef Christopher Ala & Lucia Ala
Tel: 708.524.0806
Fax: 708.524.1143
Hemingway’s Bistro is located in the Frank Lloyds Wright Historic District in Oak Park, IL, nestled in The Write Inn hotel. The regular menu features American and Parisian items served both for breakfast and lunch. The dinner menu offers a beautiful and delectable array of hors d’oeuvres, salades, les plats du jour (soups), and les plats principaux (entrée). Portions are generous, so do leave room for the tantalizing desserts. Prepare for a memorable experience of French cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Service was as I expected, from the moment I called to make reservations (which at 6:00pm wasn’t necessary), pleasant and warm. We arrived and were seated immediately, our waiter Aaron was all too eager to commence what he was so very well trained to do. At times we felt rushed, but I suppose it had everything to do with the time it took between each course. We started with raviolis filled with duck confit accompanied with a balsamic reduction, followed with Foie Gras du jour, delectable! Our entrées, what a delight, an Herb Crusted Whitefish served with caper butter and a Pork confit served on a bed of rigatoni. Service was outstanding and the décor was quaint, just like I would imagine a French bistro in France would be. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone who would like to experience a little bit of France. Breakfast: 7:00am-11:00am, lunch: 11:00am-3:00pm, and dinner 4:00pm-10:00pm daily, 11:00pm Fri & Sat. Menu is totally ala cart, however additional daily specials are available. Once you have entered the bistro look for the board with the Specials of the day. A full service bar with an extensive wine list is available. Valet parking is offered only on Friday & Saturday. Hemingway’s is also available for private parties. Reservations are recommended. Bon Apetite !

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