la petite folie
Cuisine: European, French
Price Range: $$
Located in Hyde Park near the University of Chicago campus, la petite folie serves traditional, classically prepared and artfully plated French food. The quaint atmosphere belies its shopping plaza locale but the free and easy parking is a plus. Duck (including the duck breast salad) consistently gets high ratings among regular diners as do the lovely pastries. The restaurant has an all-French wine list. Polished yet unpretentious service keeps French food fans coming back for Alsatian onion tart with Gruyere cheese; perfected omelettes at lunch; lavender honey-roasted breast of chicken; whole trout Grenobloise; pan-seared foie gras; Belgian chocolate torte; and raspberry teacake with French vanilla ice cream. There are always lunch and dinner options for les vegetarians.
La Petite Folie
Elegant French brasserie
French ● Hyde Park ● $$
One of the “best choices” for “fine dining” in Hyde Park, this “charming” bistro offers “always great” “classic” French dishes and wines in a “quiet” white-tablecloth dining room with “polite” servers; even if tabs are a touch high, locals agree it's a “real gem.”
White walls house this tucked away French treasure! Situated in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, at the corner of East 55th Street and Lake Park Boulevard, la petite folie offers a classic French food and wine for lunch and dinner.
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I have had the good fortune to enjoy Chef Mary's food at a number of catered events over the years. Most recently, my husband and I celebrated one of our most memorable anniversaries at La Petite Folie. I was a little worried that my husband may be disappointed because I had hyped up the food so much. Not so, we both loved it! The food is amazing, the atmosphere intimate and there is such a personal touch on both the food and the service. The pricing is affordable enough that it's not just a special occasion type place. The menu is expansive enough that you could visit frequently and not get bored, which is what we plan to do.