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Posted by Kayat on 01/11/2009
Suggested by a friend, we decided to try out the place. I scoped this site and was a bit nervous when I read the previous review, so I looked at the menu. A few dishes I wanted to try, so I thought we'd give it a go. Got there early, which was good, so there wasn't a wait. Sat at the bar waiting for friends, was served some water and asked if I would like anything in the meantime. The staff was really nice to accommodate our "growing" party and not throw a stink given that we were placing orders at different times as people arrived. Food: Very tasty! I, and a few others, had the brunch special which was a NY strip, red pepper, spinach fritatta. Excellent, they used good cuts of meat (no fatty bits thrown in), red peppers diced appropriately, and spinach with melted white chedder (although could've been melted on a little bit longer). The herbed potatoes were cooked well, crispy on one side, no need for addt'l salt. My friend got the salmon, chive, egg dish which she liked more than mine (i'm not a smoked salmon guy). We did get the beignets which were probably our least favorite, tasted like a water-based batter, but my friends liked that the dough wasn't super sweet and thought they were good. The food came out incredibly fast, which was surprising. No complaints here! Service, the only thing is the hostess could've been a bit more chipper. Atmosphere-winter is cold in Chicago. Appropriate heating is a must. But I suppose it's difficult balance when there's a sweltering kitchen, but a dining room with a facade of all glass. I kept my jacket on the entire time. Nice wall artwork as well and good background music. If it was in my neighborhood, I would go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2008
I was lured in for brunch on a breezy Sunday by the pear french toast. I would have been better served and more satisfied were I to have simply read the menu, drooled over the though of a delightful meal and continue along my way. Instead, I walked in and was promptly offered the table immediately next to the door despite the restaurant being less than 1/4 full. Normally this lack of judgment of the host is enough to prompt me to leave a restaurant. However, I excused myself and moved to the bar. After watching the same rude host/server battle with another customer he finally took my order. When the food came, it was awkwardly situated on two long narrow plates indeed, the food didn't even fit on the plate as arranged and hung over the side. When I cut into the french toast it was so hard I could barely cut it, and when I bit into it, I feared I might chip a tooth. I moved on to the bacon - it looked so greasy that I should have exercised better judgment and ignored it. Instead, I picked a piece up, and it slipped out of my hand it was so greasy. I called the waiter over and asked to speak to whoever was in charge. He claimed there was no manager, etc., and so I recounted to him the problem. At which point he did not apologize or offer to bring anything else, but instead glared at me and removed the plates. A neighborhood restaurant I will NOT be revisiting.
Posted by Jane F. on 07/29/2006
If every neighborhood had a place like Deleece, the world would be a better place. Warm, friendly, the food is sophisticated and delicious, all at a great value. The rack of lamb stuffed with cambozola cheese melts in your mouth. We make a special point to drop in on Mondays or Tuesdays for the three-course meal for $20 - best deal in town. Sunday brunch sitting on the outdoor patio is a real treat in the city. No surprise Deleece has been here over ten years.