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C'est Si Bon

View Map5225 S. Harper Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 363-4123
Fax: (773) 363-4138
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With faded floral tablecloths, oversized floor fans and a front door sign that reads "sit much and talk long," the ambiance at C'est Si Bon is every bit as Cajun as the food, though the food is more vibrant and given more care. Open for more than a dozen years in Harper Court, this multi-leveled restaurant concentrates much of its business on catering, so the restaurant is rarely crowded and service is relaxed and casual. If you're looking for a finicky, upscale meal, you may want to look elsewhere, but for down-South cooking at a slow pace, this is a sure bet.

Mardi Gras breakfasts include Bayou Benedict with salmon croquettes ($8) and Orleans French toast stuffed with spicy sausage ($5.50). On Sundays the front of the restaurant comes alive with two tables of all-you-can-eat brunch buffet options. Offerings run from no-nonsense eggs all the way to peach cobbler, with an attentive staff that's willing to answer any questions you may have on unique dishes.

The Cajun fried catfish ($8.75) and jambalaya ($9) are both well-spiced, tasty lunch options in generous portions, though for the less Cajun-inclined the menu is rounded out nicely with sandwiches and salads. Be sure to save room for C'est Si Bon's famous sweet potato cheesecake.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Rockwood

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11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

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