Opening to great fanfare, the Blanchard earned the Jean Banchet award for Best New Restaurant in 2015. The elegance of the space, the expertise of the servers, the confidence pouring from the open kitchen: It all adds up to an instant Chicago classic. An amusing horse-head sculpture surveys the airy bar space, and green leather banquettes line the dining room. Abstract art on the walls belies the kitchen’s often straightforward approach to classic French country fare: buttery escargots and juicy mussels with grilled baguettes, for instance.
Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL