Troquet

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Troquet Troquet in Chicago's Lakeview is a festive French bistro with yummy dishes, good drinks, & a casual vibe. Discover where Paris lives in Chicago at Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.96153 -87.676013
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Troquet - Bar | Bistro | French Restaurant in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Established by the owners of LM, a well-regarded nearby French restaurant, Troquet takes a corner bar space and puts a cozy European twist on Chicago’s usual neighborhood tavern. Huge front windows – left completely open... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su noon–midnight, F noon–2am, Sa noon–3am
    Kitchen closes at midnight daily

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Troquet Review

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Troquet in Chicago's Lakeview is a festive French bistro with yummy dishes, good drinks, & a casual vibe. Discover where Paris lives in Chicago at Party Earth.

Established by the owners of LM, a well-regarded nearby French restaurant, Troquet takes a corner bar space and puts a cozy European twist on Chicago’s usual neighborhood tavern.

Huge front windows – left completely open in warm weather – help offset the claustrophobia of consistent crowds, allowing the ever-present aroma of croque monsieur and duck confit to waft outside.

Apart from the few stools along the bar, tables for small groups fill most of the floor, while a handful of TVs might be tuned to Chicago sporting events but are otherwise kept off duty.

The rest of the décor has a muted European feel, with black-and-white photos of Paris hanging on the cream- and rose-colored walls and a few chalkboards bearing the latest daily specials.

No kitschy French souvenirs up in here!

Most of the patrons are chill neighborhood professionals who come to enjoy budget-friendly table wines or the tidy selection of craft beers with their casual French bites, so while the venue is by no means a hipster haven or a yuppie warehouse, both are plentiful among the regular crowd.

The lack of highchairs, however, prevents it from ever becoming a stroller convention in this family-friendly neighborhood.

No babies up in here!

Meanwhile, when the climate cooperates, Troquet’s sidewalk patio rounds out that perfect Parisian day in Chicago, and is used by many as an excuse to get in on some daydrinking.

Vive la France!

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Tip from Emma:

Don’t forget the cocktails! Troquet has a nice selection of creative classics, including the very popular Kir Royale and Cucumber Martini. Bartenders always have a special concoction up their sleeves, too. Just ask!

  • Crowd

    Laid-back area yuppies, hipsters, French expats, and young families who probably left the kids at home, late 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Four TVs only turned on for Chicago sporting events, otherwise left off.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of French bistro food including croque madame, croque monsieur, mussels, pork belly, fish, and a small selection of ever-changing daily specials.

  • Prices

    Small plates $4–$9, sandwiches $8–$12, entrées $12. Beer $4–$14, wine $6/glass or $24/bottle, cocktails $4–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to low-key preppy: t-shirts, jeans, checked shirts, knit caps, J.Crew and Banana Republic, flats, funky blouses, skinny jeans, sundresses, oversized button-downs with leggings.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Warm afternoons to perch on the patio with a glass of wine and a nonchalant French stare, early in the week for a quicker bite, or Friday and Saturday nights for a guaranteed full house that’s still worlds away from a raging party.

  • Close By

    Fountainhead (1970 West Montrose Avenue) is an always-busy gastropub with a solid menu of creative comfort food and a drinks menu that could take a lifetime to pour through.

Troquet User Reviews

Average rating:
Great bistro atmosphere in Ravenswood
Brinda G. Dec 3, 2012
I was pretty excited when this place opened within walking distance of my apartment, and it's proved to be a reliable meeting place for my friends and me. Troquet is cozy and warm, and the crowd there tends to be mellow and friendly. The staff is always good for a chat, and my group has also struck up conversations with cool people sitting around us. The menu is very streamlined and focuses on everyday French comfort food. Though the restaurant carries only a handful of wines--no novel-like wine list here-- all the ones I've tried have been great. As the people behind the restaurant also own LM, the food is obviously great. It's just a friendly neighborhood place to catch up over a bottle (or many) of wine, but the French concept is a nice break from the usual hoodie bar trappings.
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