Chef/Owner Joe Doppes opened Bistrot Margot in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood in 1999. Named after Joe's eldest daughter, the restaurant's goal is to take diners back to the neighborhoods of turn-of-the-century Paris, where unpretentious service and affordable bistro fare go hand in hand. The restaurant has received rave reviews, including a 3-star rating from Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune.
Doppes graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1983, and promptly began work at some of America's greatest restaurants, including Le Pavillion in Poughkeepsie, New York; Le Chardonnay in Los Angeles, and Le Cygne in New York City. He moved to Chicago in 1987, working with renowned chef Jean Banchet at the Mobil 5-star Le Francais.
"I believe the key to success at Bistrot Margot is keeping things simple, and consistently delivering the very best food and service possible at a fair price. Excellent food, excellent service, and excellent value."
Bistrot Margot Executive Staff
Leah has been at Bistrot Margot since 2006. She received a bachelor's degree in French and English from Muskingum University in 1999. Leah honed her restaurant skills through a life-long passion for food, experience at multiple restaurants in her native Cleveland, as well as a three-year stint in Nice, France.
Alfonso has been working the stoves at Bistrot Margot since 2000. He learned by working side-by-side with Chef Joe Doppes. Today, he creates fresh and interesting dishes while upholding the tenets of classic French cuisine.