Avec

It is not very often that a restaurant gets it right on all accounts…food, service, atmosphere, price, plus wanting one to come back for seconds.  That’s a tough nut to crack, but Avec has just shot up to the #1 go to place in my book.

The restaurant seats 58 and takes no reservations.  Picture a rectangle…long bar on one side, communal tables on the other side. Honey colored wood, long steel bar and a tiny open kitchen in the back.

Avec belongs to the family of Blackbird (upscale dining), Publican (Beer & Pork), and  The Violet Hour (cocktails).

This place is a wine bar showcasing small wineries from southeastern Europe. The menu has 30 wines by the glass and designed to have small and large plates – Mediterranean style.

One of the dishes they are well-known for is the chorizo-stuffed medjool dates with smoked bacon and piquillo pepper tomato sauce.  The dish was huge, spicy and extra scrumptious.

Next on the menu was a deviled egg crostini with crimini mushrooms and tarragon.  Not at all like I imagined, which was even better because it far surpassed what I had pictured in my head. Two huge pieces of crostini covered in a smooth deviled egg mixture, topped off with a fried egg, mushrooms and tarragon.

And the best, the absolute best was the wild boar pasta.  It has been a few weeks since I devoured this dish and I am still wondering when my next trip to the west loop will be. The boar was shredded into chunks, served with freshly made cavatelli pasta, carrots, turnips, and pickled garlic.  The second day left overs were just as delightful as the night before.

Avec opens at 3:30 during the week and stays open into the wee hours of the morning.  Don’t even think  of going during the peak hours, unless you feel like waiting for a seat at one of the eight communal tables.  The owners maintain this place is casual and invite one to linger and enjoy rustic-like food.  However, if this is rustic food, forget fine dining…this is where it is at.

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