316 N. Milwaukee St.
Lunch, dinner or cocktail hour, this Third Ward mainstay is bursting with crowds and French flair. The angular, centrally located bar provides a prime vantage point for people-watching over a cheese plate and Cotes du Rhone; casual, cozy seating is perfect for intimate occasions and business meetings alike. The adjacent Harlequin Bakery is an added attraction, offering mouthwatering breads and desserts in quick takeout fashion. (C.G.)
Runners-up: Lake Park Bistro, Chez Jacques