In addition to artisan sandwiches and an impressive wine and craft beer list, Deleece serves up an unbeatable lobster mac & cheese, which might be one of the best kept secrets in home run range of Wrigley field.Deleece is not your average Wrigleyville bar and restaurant. The casual wine bar and American grill first made its mark amid the myriad options on North Clark with their composed mac and cheese dishes. The Asiago has Wisconsin purveyor Nueske’s bacon while the Gouda adds mushrooms and porcini oil to the mix. Deleece also features 35 craft beers from the Midwest and a growing list of wines from around the world. A new focus on artisan sandwiches complements the wine bar ambiance. The stout-braised beef brisket with pickled onions on ciabatta bread was tasty but not overly filling.
John Handler and his wife Lynne Wallack opened the original Deleece (the name comes from a phonetic version of the French word for “delight”) seventeen years ago on Southport Ave. (Recently, this upscale sister restaurant moved to Southport and Grace.) The Clark outpost is a more casual version of the original, with exposed brick walls, a wood burning fireplace, and a large garden patio out back. You can sample all three of the house’s mac and cheeses with the popular Mac Trio, but if you go on Friday or Saturday, try the lobster mac and cheese. It might be one of the best kept secrets within home run range of Wrigley Field.
Mac and Cheese Sampler, $14
Asiago Mac and Cheese, $15
Beef Brisket Artisan Sandwich, $12
Grilled Pork Chop, $19
Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Brunch available Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Open at 4 p.m. on Cubs’ day games