Léa French Street Food
New Oak Park bistro finds a niche offering simple “peasant fare”
Diners said bonjour as the newly minted Léa French Street Food (100 N Marion St., Oak Park, 708 613-5994) rolled out the welcome mat to its first customers.
Co-owners of the 60-seat venue, Nicolas Caulliez and Colleen Wagner-Caulliez, have high hopes that their simple “peasant fare” will be a crowd-pleaser. The couple have worked hard to adapt traditional French recipes to local ingredients.
“We’ve lined up farmers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to supply vegetables and poultry,” says Nicolas. Taking the farm-to-table approach will allow each ingredient to shine, he adds.
The restaurant makes French bread and pastries in-house daily. As in artisan boulangeries in Paris, no preservatives are used.
With entrées kept around $10, early favorites include a goat cheese salad, a chicken and avocado sandwich and a mushroom tartine served with brie, almonds and chives. Léa also offers a selection of local craft beers and wines.
Open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Edit Module