I had just seen Hamilton over at The PrivateBank Theater in Chicago with my parents, and it was one of the best things I've ever seen. After walking the Riverwalk, still fangirling, and singing the theme song over and over again, it was finally dinnertime.

My parents and I settled on this French place called Cochon Volant Brasserie on Clark and Monroe. At first, it sounded intimidating, but with only two dollar signs on Yelp, 4 stars, and a stellar-looking menu, there was no turning back.


It was a nice day, so my parents and I decided to sit outside. We enjoyed the vibes of a French restaurant in the Windy City. Our waiter was kind and always let us know when our food was on its way. 


There was quite a list of food that sounded fancy, but we settled on beet salad and Croquet Madame Eggrolls. The salad had a wonderful combination of flavors and textures, from candied walnuts to deep-fried goat cheese. The Croquet Madame Eggrolls were crispy but had a super strong and smoky flavor from all the ham.


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I ordered the truffle pasta as an entrée. It was a creamy spaghetti with tons of herbs, and the best part was the black truffles. You definitely don't see black truffles at restaurants nowadays, so that was a thrilling experience. The truffles carry a rich aroma and a bold taste that's unique and unforgettable. 


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Of course, I was at a French restaurant, so I had to try the crème brûlée. Because of the humidity, the custard kind of warmed up, but our waiter had warned us ahead of time. But the sugar on top was hard as rock and the custard was still rich and creamy. 

If it's on your bucket list to try French food, Cochon Volant Brasserie is the place to be. It'll be a sweet and memorable experience that won't leave you broke.