Le Sud sits on the western fringe of Roscoe Village, offering the spirit of the French Countryside, just two blocks east of bustling Western Avenue.
The exterior conjures up the warmth of Provence, with its sun-washed Mediterranean blue walls and the obligatory roosters.
The entire east side of the restaurant is dedicated to al fresco dining when the season calls. Come spring more al fresco dining will be available on a second floor rooftop currently under construction.
A Look Inside
Upon entering the restaurant, guests are transported to the South of France, sans the vineyards and olive groves.
The vibe is warm and inviting featuring a stamped-pattern silver ceiling, exposed brick walls, yellow and red tones, ornate-framed mirrors, vases of sunflowers, wall-mounted dinner plates and chandeliers that resemble antique glass milk bottles.
The restaurant, that bills itself as “French Mediterranean with French cuisine” is just that–fusing the cooking styles of southern France while adding creative twists.
We were there for Sunday brunch–a relatively new addition that debuted on November 3.
Brunch is available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is typically served in the front dining room that emits a warm welcoming feel complete with comfy Mediterranean blue cushioned banquettes and marble tabletops framed in front by a wall of windows.
The first standout was the coffee. I was in the middle of a conservation with my tablemate while taking a sip–and stopped in my tracks.
“This coffee is amazing,” I exclaimed.
No surprise, the coffee is Chicago’s own Sparrow Coffee. Anyone who knows coffee, knows Sparrow Coffee and its brewer Chris Chacko.
Chacko, whose Sparrow Coffee is on the menu in Chicago’s best restaurants describes coffee this way: “Coffee’s the most complex beverage known to humanity. It has twice as many flavor-producing ingredients as red wine.”
The attention given to the coffee is evident throughout the menu.
Le Sud’s authentic menu focuses on fresh, high quality ingredients, enhanced with modern techniques.
On the Menu
We ordered Eggs Sardou with Creamed Spinach, Artichokes Barigoule, Sauce Hollandaise and Brioche Toast for $15. The presentation and flavor was exquisite–with the eggs cooked to perfection.
We also ordered The Duck Confit Hash Sweet Potato Hash with Kale, Duck Confit, Fried Sage, Sunny Egg, Butternut Squash and Fennel $14. Once again, perfection. My guest, who is not a fan of kale, hesitated about ordering this because of the kale. She was pleasantly surprised that the preparation actually enhanced the flavor of this perviously disliked green.
Both entrees were large and easily split-able (even leaving some to bring home).
Not just desserts
After our split entrees, we didn’t feel we could eat another bite, but we still wanted to take a look at the dessert menu. All desserts are housemade. There’s Basque Cake, Mousse, an assortment of cheeses and a choice of ice cream flavors. A popular choice among the ice creams, which you have to request, is the Brown Butter ice cream.
I was hooked, and since I had never had Brown Butter ice cream, I had to try it. Brown Butter, known as “beurre noisette,” is a versatile ingredient used in French cuisine for sauces and pastries, but after trying it, I’d say maybe best of all used for ice cream. Made with lots of butter, eggs, brown sugar and heavy cream–this is not for the faint of heart (or calorie counters).
Le Sud also has craft cocktails, beer and an extensive wine list. Monthly wine tastings are held on the second floor in the spacious loft.
The tastings feature vendors, sommeliers and discussions along with bites.
Upcoming tastings include:
- December: Gérard Bertrand Wines
- January: appellation d’origine contrôlée
- February: Tannins
- March: Women Winemakers
- April: Organic/Biodynamic Wines
What: Le Sud
Where: 2301 W Roscoe St.
When: Mondays (Winter): Closed; Tues–Thu: 5:00p–10:00pm; Fri–Sat: 5:00p–11:00p
Sun: 11:00a– 2:00p, 4:00p– 9:00
Happy Hour: Tues-Sat: 5:00p-6:30pm
Phone: 773 857 1985
Small Bites of Chicago
Reservations are now open for the 13th annual Chicago Restaurant Week (CRW), January 24 – February 9, 2020.
Chicago Restaurant Week offers visitors and local foodies an opportunity to experience some of the area’s most sought-after restaurants with specially curated prix fixe menus. Prices start at $24 for brunch and lunch, and $36 and/or $48 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Reservations are now open at eatitupchicago.com
Menu items include a Lamb Chapli Burger, Prawn Pepper Fry Benedict, Paneer Bhurji and more. The new menu is available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to all the great food and drink vendors at the recently opened hotspot in Fulton Market, there’s more. Here’s a look:
Time Out Market Chicago Holiday Bazaar—curated by Sauced
December 12 | 5 p.m.
Time Out Market Chicago kicks off its inaugural holiday bazaar on its second floor with help from Sauced, a roving night market dedicated to food, art, and debauchery set to tunes. Guest can shop in style with 20 amazing local vendors, a live DJ and tastings with Tortello and Cheese Sex Death.
ARAMI opens at Time Out Market Chicago, serving contemporary Japanese cuisine and pristine sushi
December 13 | 5 p.m. Mon-Fri and 11 a.m. Sat-Sun
One of the pioneering restaurants in Chicago’s now-booming West Town neighborhood opens tomorrow at Time Out Market Chicago.
Chicago Ugly Sweater Art Run
December 14 | 10 a.m.
Celebrate the holidays with Runstreet and Time Out Market Chicago on a festive 5K Art Run through Chicago’s historical West Loop neighborhood. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
December 15 | 11 a.m.
Snap a festive selfie in front of Time Out Market Chicago’s cheerful backdrop, then place it in the kids’ handmade holiday picture frame to create the perfect holiday takeaway. Plus, the whole family will love a featured matinee act with Mister Danny from the Chicago Magic Lounge, with a show and strolling act at noon and more.
December 19 | 8 p.m. (and following that, regularly)
Trivia@Tony’s at Time Out Market Chicago takes place at the third-floor rooftop bar.