La Tache Gets a New Lease on Life

Beloved Andersonville bistro reopens and reveals a new look and menu

Andersonville dining darling La Tache, which translates to "The Spot," recently ushered in a new era for the popular bistro. On Friday, April 24, La Tache unveiled its new look and feel after renovations to the restaurant and introduced new menus to add to its neighborhood appeal.

Originally opened in 2003 by owner Lynn Malec, La Tache has seen the likes of "Top Chef" standouts Stephanie Izard and Dale Levitsky in its kitchen, and today is the home of executive chef Andrew Alcid and sous chef Jordan Rose (both formerly of Park Grill and BIN 36). The culinary team brings a seasonal approach to their cooking, which shines on La Tache's new bistro and bar menus.

La Tache's new bar offerings focus on simple, flavorful dishes such as mini croque sandwiches made with three types of cheese; an 8-ounce burger topped with balsamic onions, smoked bacon, gruyere and truffle aioli; and mussels with frites ($8-$12.95). For a more formal dining experience, La Tache's main dining room also boasts a revamped menu, featuring such favorite dishes as beef tartare ($8) and French onion soup ($6) as satisfying starters, and steak and frites ($16.95), roasted chicken ($15.95) and horseradish-crusted halibut ($19) as addictive entrees you'll want to eat every night of the week.

The restaurant's facelift includes an overhaul of the welcoming bar area, which now features a cool blue color palette and sheer panel curtains. Carerra marble high-boy tables can be found throughout the bar, offering a perfect perch to watch vintage French movies or the must-see game on several plasma-screen TVs. Specials of the day will be scrawled on slate chalkboards, just like in Paris.

La Tache, 1475 W. Balmoral Ave., 773-334-7168

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