March 4, 2021

French Food Market in Chicago

When in the downtown area, I make a bee-line for the French Food Market in the Metra building at 131 N. Clinton Street (between Washington and Randolph.) My mind reels at all of the dining options.

On a recent visit, my husband had a delicious Croque-Monsieur
sandwich from the recently opened French Market outpost of LM, owned by Stephan Outrequin Quaisser, the original LM being in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. I had a healthful, yet fantastic lunch from a booth entitled RAW where none of the food is cooked. Both of us were utterly satiated by our choices.

If you’re in the mood for made-to-order crepes, head to the Flip Crepes stand. Want Vietnamese food? Try the Saigon Sisters. For Belgian Fries and Beer, Frietkoten is the ticket. The taste-tempting Vanille Patisserie has an outpost here. I have found unusual produce selections as well. Pasta, pizza, nuts, chocolate, baked goods plus wine and cheese can all be found under one roof. There’s also a juice bar and a Lavazza Espression coffee franchise. Live music at selected times adds to the charming ambiance.

You can eat indoors, at outdoor tables during warm months, or order your provisions to go. If you purchase $20 or more at the market, parking is free for up to an hour in the MetraMarket parking lot just north of Randolph.

The Market is open Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7:30 PM, Saturday, 8:30 AM to 6 PM and closed on Sunday.

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