Best Alfresco Dining in Chicago
A view to the zoo
Camels forage for lunch in a leafy enclave across the street at the Lincoln Park Zoo while patrons dine on beautiful French cuisine at Mon Ami Gabi (left). Shaded by white ash, peach and crabapple trees in a garden of begonias, daylilies and verbena, this bistro is great for a post-zoo meal of French comfort food.
Satisfying, under-$20 entrees include thyme-crusted salmon ($16.95) and a robust, flavorful steak steeped in peppercorn sauce ($19.95). Diners in the 75-seat patio can see chef/owner Gabino Sotelino snipping fresh sprigs of mint, basil and rosemary. Landscape artist Willis Lane nurtures the herb garden alongside tea rose bushes and flowering hibiscus.
Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago (773/348-8886).