In an unusual twist of events, both me and Michelle had nothing to do on a week night. In celebration of this rare occurrence, we decided to go out to eat. Oddly enough, both of us had a craving for mussels. We weren't going to have just any mussels though, we were going to have the best mussels in the whole world from Chez Joel. Chez Joel is located at 1119 West Taylor and its website is http://www.chezjoelbistro.com/. Chez Joel is a French bistro, and it is amazing.
Of course, the whole reason we went was to get the mussels with a lemon-white wine sauce (with lots of extra bread for the sauce), so that is what we ordered for our first course. As always, they were spectacular. The mussels were sweet and the sauce is unbelievable. I've made mussels before and the sauce is always much too watery. The Chez Joel sauce is thick, very lemon-y, and finished with a nice hint of thyme. I'm guessing they steam the mussels in white wine and lemon juice, then they remove the mussels and reduce the sauce in a separate pan, adding thyme, shallots, butter, and cream. I should have probably just asked, but I'm pretty sure our waiter may have been a serial killer.