Bistrot Zinc, 1131 N. State
Bistrot Zinc is so persuasive in its French ambiance that one would expect to see the quiet streets of a sleepy French town.
This airy French café is spacious and uncluttered; there are framed posters high on the lemon-yellow walls and mirrors everywhere, but the furniture is kept to a minimum. Booths line the walls and tables cluster near the immense front windows, but the feeling persists that one could easily convert the dining area into a dance floor without much effort. The result is a light-filled experience that is anything but stuffy.
The café is so persuasive in its French ambiance that glancing through the floor-to-ceiling front windows, one would expect to see the quiet streets of a sleepy French town.
Stop at this Chicago restaurant for dessert as you explore North State Street; you have your choice of crepes, gateaux (cake), and a variety of other confections. Try the Warm Apple Tart for a twist on a traditional favorite. It is served with a generous drizzle of caramel sauce which emphasizes the cinnamon and vanilla flavors infused in the crust. Wash it down with a huge glass of milk or a mug of coffee and relax as the jazz swirls around you. Half an hour at this lovely café is the perfect complement to your day.
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