Shop Small Day 250: Paris Bistro

Ready for a quick trip to Paris that doesn't require a passport or all of your vacation savings? I found a spot for you! Granted you're going to a restaurant, it really does feel like you're transported out of everyday suburban life, and far from the strip-mall. No need to pack your bags, just your appetite. We're heading to the Paris Bistro.

Since two of my girlfriends were celebrating birthdays, we were looking for a different spot for lunch. Although we had all seen Paris Bistro, none of us had been. So, of course, we had to check out their menu online first.

Between salivating over the entree descriptions, we figured they had to have a photoshop genius behind their website, there was no way this adorable cafe was in the strip mall by the movie theatre.

We were wrong.

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No photoshop. It truly is adorable.

From the glass chandeliers to the wall size Eiffel Tower & Arc de Triumph, Paris Bistro truly is a little mini-vacation.

While ambiance is important, food is everything right?

We all ordered something different. I chose the Tour de France: grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, spinach, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and basil on a warm baguette. Warm potato chips and a generous salad garnished the plate.

My friends tried the Pomegranate Chicken Salad (fresh greens, goat cheese, strawberries, walnuts, and a champagne vinaigrette) and the Mona Lisa crepes (chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, spinach, and a basil cream sauce).

Of course we each had to sample them all, to say they were delicious would be an understatement. I would order all three dishes again, though there's a full menu still to try!

I was full after half of my sandwich and made the mistake of telling my kids they could try a bite when they came home from school...they devoured it! Damnit!

As full as we were, it wouldn't be a birthday celebration without dessert. Monkeys & Nuts Crepes were the easy decision: nutella, bananas, hazelnuts, and figs. It was also served with an adorable espresso cup of nutella gelatto. There were no leftovers.

While there were other customers there, seating will definitely be tight when all tables are full. But, the cramped coziness may accentuate the Parisian feel.

If you're scheduling lunches and dinners with friends this holiday season, Paris Bistro is the perfect choice. We noticed they're open late, and figured it's also an ideal post-movie coffee (or wine) and dessert spot.

Don't have time to sit down for lunch? Stop by for their Paris2Go cafe at the front of the restaurant: coffee drinks, gelato, and fresh pastries.

Paris Bistro is new, but it won't stay secret for long. I can already hear my next Tour de France sandwich calling my name (this time I'm not sharing!).

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Paris Bistro
2835 Showplace Dr. #103
Naperville, IL
630.357.1005

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