Where & Wear: Le Colonial
If I could list my favorite restaurants, Le Colonial would be at the top. A fusion of French and Vietnamese food, Le Colonial offers high quality comfort food. Located on Rush Street, it's the perfect spot for a date night with its dim lighting and unique, tropical-like ambiance, but it's also a great lunch option if you're near the area shopping!
To start, I recommend the Cha Gio, egg rolls stuffed with pork, shrimp, and mushroom. If you're not into fried food, then go for the Banh Uot, grilled sesame beef wrapped in flat rice noodles. It's delicious and my favorite appetizer! Another must try is their Pho, which I think is the best pho I've ever had in Chicago. The beef is fresh and tender, and the soup is extremely hearty; perfect for a cold day. For mains, my favorite dish is Ca Chien Saigon, or crispy red snapper washed in a light, spicy-sour sauce. If you're not into picking at a whole fish with your chopsticks, they offer to fillet it for you. Finally, to finish, I recommend their Banana Tapioca Pudding.