We went to Chez Francois last evening with friends who had highly recommended it. I have to say that it was an amazing evening. Arriving at 6:00 we were seated immediately and attended to by two waiters, both of whom had style and class. Our table had a view of the Vermillion River with its luxury boats cruising by.
We had arranged to have their special Clambake, priced at $58 a person. To be honest, I was skeptical that anything could be that good, but the first of four courses proved me wrong. We ate and drank in a leisurely manner until 9:00 and when we left, we were completely satisfied with our experience.
Their wine list is the largest I have ever seen, wih wines from all the major regions of the world. Their food was cooked to perfection, and the ambiance of the property was wonderful. Also special was the way they attended to my wife's gluten issue, cooking separate dishes just for her that were almost like ours, but without the gluten. This was more special because I had contacted over a month ago about her diet and they still remembered without at any prompting.
The dress is upscale with most men wearing jackets. It is a wonderful change from the so called "romantic" settings where by the price one would think elegant but by the casual dress one concludes, "not something special."
Chez Francois is not inexpensive, but they deliver above and beyond. Despite it being over 100 miles round trip for us, we will definitely return to it for another very special occasion.
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