Where & Wear: Fig and Olive
Located in the heart of Chicago’s most popular shopping area, Fig and Olive offers weary shoppers and curious foodies a delightful experience. The restaurant has a modern and refined atmosphere, and offers a refreshing selection of reinvented Mediterranean cuisine.
With a desire to use fresh and simple ingredients, founder Laurent Halasz built a restaurant that is about more than just the food. The stunning décor and layout, which draw inspiration from Halasz’s French roots, adds a chic and airy element to the dining experience. The abundance of natural light creates a bright and welcoming atmosphere.
If you’re stopping in for lunch or dinner, I highly recommend their signature crostini appetizers. With nine different options to choose from, it can be overwhelming. I found the goat cheese crostini to be my favorite–the sweet caramelized onion pairs incredibly with the salty cheese, all balanced on a slightly crunchy slice of bread.
As a pasta lover, I personally recommend the Penne Funghi (made with truffle oil) for a flavorful experience you will never forget. This dish pairs well with a crisp glass of their Pinot Grigio. My friend opted for the Moulard Magret Duck Breast, a more hearty choice, that is cooked perfectly tender and balances surprisingly well with the stewed cabbage. A nice glass of Pinot Noir complements this dish.
I wore a simple flowy button-down shirt from Urban and black skinny jeans (like these from Zara). The dress code is definitely a step up from casual, but something cute and chic is perfect for Fig and Olive. Plus, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the lighting and layout of the restaurant and take pictures!
$$$ // 104 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611
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