670 Bank Lane, Lake Forest, 847-234-8802

Classic French cooking with an American twist is the offering at this charming second floor bistro that overlooks Market Square. First courses include lobster bisque and tuna tartare. Select entrees of striped bass with Swiss chard, Berkshire pork rack with potato hash or the classic coq au vin. Or choose a four- or six-course tasting menu. $$$ Lunch Tues.-Fri.; dinner Tues.-Sat.


Bistro Bordeaux

618 Church St., Evanston, 847-424-1483

Come for the authentic French food in this downtown Evanston that places an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Begin with steak tartare or pan-fried Delaware Bay oysters. Entrees include classics such steak pommes frites and bouilbaisse. Finish off your meal with a selection from the cheese plate. The bistro offers a wide selection of reasonably priced French wines. Dinner daily; brunch Sun.


Café Central

455 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-266-7878

Owners Carlos and Debbie Nieto place a slice of French country bistro heaven in Highland Park's downtown area with this charming storefront café. Diners sit at cozy white linen-covered tables to dine on Burgundy escargot, braised lamb shank, risotto of the day and roasted chicken seasoned with herbes de Provence. $$ Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sat.; dinner Sun.


Frank & Betsie's

51 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, 847-446-0404

Frank & Betsie's combines a sunny California-influenced cuisine with a French accent. The menu changes daily and seasonally in this warm and inviting spot. Recent selections included paté a la maison, grilled mahi mahi, and steak frites with a rich bordelaise sauce. $$ Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 


Froggy's French Cafe

306 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-433-7080

Froggy's white-paned double doors open to guests who find a flavorful French cuisine inside a romantic brick structure. Along with a selection of 300 French and American wines, diners choose from marinated Gulf shrimp, escargot casserole, chicken a la Nicoise, grilled beef medallions and a wild game plate.  $$$ Lunch Mon.-Fri; dinner Mon.-Sat.