If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Today's Groupon to Deleece celebrates our playful palates with $40 worth of sophisticated savories and wine for $20. In warm weather, check out the charming Lakeview restaurant's outdoor patio for a sunny brunch with pals or a romantic dinner al fresco with your sweetie.
The moment you walk into Deleece, you're wrapped in a blanket of warm, chocolatey tones and given a gentle exfoliating hug by the exposed brick. This neighborhood gem welcomes visitors with an unpretentious attitude, despite its fine-dining fare and upscale urban sophistication. Deleece's friendly servers know every centimeter of executive chef Brandon Canfield's latest seasonal dinner and lunch menus, and they'll be happy to help you choose between starting with the crab risotto cakes with truffle aioli ($9) or the rosemary polenta with sun-dried tomato and garlic pesto, wilted spinach, and ancho chili oil ($7). The nimble staff will also ensure your glass is never empty and can recommend a suitable wine to go with your entree, provided your entree is not a big bowl of wine.
Pique your palate's interest with the arugula, fennel, and pear salad's mixture of tang and earthiness (with blue cheese and lemon vinaigrette, $8), or warm it up with the char-grilled poblano stuffed with rice over black beans and salsa ($15). You can also perk up your pasta-tooth with penne in pesto cream sauce with grilled shrimp and grape tomatoes ($17). Deleece's mouthwatering caramelized salmon (with sticky black rice, spinach, leeks, and pear-ginger sauce, $18) is an ambrosial combination of light and rich, while the boneless half Amish chicken with fingerling potato, bacon, and celery salad ($16) blends a sturdy dish with a surprising elegance. If you prefer meals that are not quite one thing and not quite another, stop by on Sundays for a brunch of eggs, frittatas, yogurt, or cinnamon-orange French toast with raspberry puree ($6.50).
Your Groupon is not valid for Valentine's Day weekend.
- …Deleece is family friendly, the kind of neighborhood place where you can take your children and they will miraculously behave. Thankfully, that doesn't condemn you to chicken fingers (though they are on the children's menu). Instead there's sophisticated comfort food-- for instance, crab cakes with an almond crust and avocado yogurt. Some old favorites never grow old, like a succulent pan-roasted salmon fillet served with Chinese sticky black rice, spinach, and leeks in a pear-ginger sauce. – Mara Tapp, Chicago Reader
- But what keeps me coming back is one of the best weekend brunch meals you'll find in Chicago. From the Cinnamon "Upside Down" French Toast ($6.95) to the Breakfast Pasta, spaghetti tossed with tomatoes, goat cheese, scrambled eggs, garlic and herbs ($7.50), fresh and inventive brunch options abound. – Joanne Hinkel, CenterStage Chicago
- The food is tasty and innovative and the restaurant itself is welcoming and trendy without trying too hard. This is the perfect friendly neighborhood place. Good for dates; good for groups of friends-- I can't recommend it highly enough. – kiki80, Citysearch
4004 N Southport Ave.
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