Unlike the rest of Taylor Street, which is predominantly Italian in allegiance, Chez Joël waves the flag for France. The sunny, cozy bistro, run by brothers Joël and Amed Kazouini, serves well-prepared classics like steak frites, coq au vin, escargots, and bouillabaisse. It's a favorite with the locals thanks to its authentic bistro feel. There is a full bar and a reasonably priced wine list favoring French and Californian selections. On a warm Chicago day, ask for a
seat outside on the patio.
May 7, 2003
This place is great - the true flavors of France in a sea of Italian places, on Taylor Street in the heart of Little Italy. Friendly service, nice food, usually has good specials. There is also a token pasta or two, but the chef is French Moroccan. Nice garden in good weather, but the cosy dining room (which can get a bit noisy at night)is a delight all year round. Good wine list, too, with at least one moroccan selection that is delicious.