Evanston's Bistro Bordeaux opened in December. Owner Pascal Berthoumieux named the venue after the city he grew up in, and worked with former NoMi chef Frank Mnuk to draft a seasonal menu of classic bistro fare.
Specialties include cheese service, whole roasted pheasant prepared table-side, and continually changing foie gras specials. For events, Mnuk prepares menus tailored to hosts' budgets and preferences.
With yellow walls, cherry wood fixtures, and leather banquettes, the L-shaped venue can host semiprivate dinners for 25. Also available for full buyout, the space has standing room for 100.