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About Grassroots (fka Deleece)
Grassroots is a family owned neighborhood eatery featuring simple, yet delicious farm to table comfort food, in a warm, inviting atmosphere adjacent to the Mercury Theater and just four doors north of the Music Box Theatre. Our new chef, Tony Albanese, comes to us with true "farm to table" experience as he was lead banquet chef at Heritage Prairie Farms. Most recently he was sous chef at Tessori. He is excited and proud to bring his blend of "farm to table" new American and classic Italian cuisines to Grassroots.
We serve dinner every night, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Chicago, IL 60613
Contemporary American, American, Breakfast
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Saturday: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking, Valet during theater shows
The Sheridan red line, the Southport brown line and the Ravenswood brown line are all equidistant to the restaurant. The 22 Clark St. bus is one block away on Clark and Irving Park Rd.
Private Party Facilities:
We rent out the entire restaurant for private parties but are also able to accommodate parties of 10 to 30 guests in the main dining room, depending on the date, time, and budget.
Private Party Contact:
Lynne Wallack: (773) 325-1710
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Grassroots (fka Deleece) Ratings and Reviews
The food was wonderful and the service was outstanding! We went after a show the Music Box so it was the perfect location and pleasant surprise to find this gem just up the street! Plus it takes reservations which is hard to find in that Southport corridor area! Can't wait to go back for brunch!
Super disappointing... waited 15 minutes to be seated (with a reservation). Ended up being seated at a table tjat was open the whole time we waited to be seated. Waited 25 minutes for our breakfast. Eggs were way over done to the point they had brown pan marks on them. Shrimp on my salad wrre under done and not edible. Coffee was not well made and bitter.
It was a bad experience. My toddler’s Mac and cheese (from kid’s menu) had pieces of jalapeño which made it too spicy for kids. My wife’s breakfast skillet had burnt beef and Toppings missing (eg melted cheese). When we complained, the waitress apologized and said the chef was preparing for a 33person table so could not redo the dishes but she brought some shredded cheese on the side and did not charge for the Mac and cheese. The quality was poor. We are not coming back.
I had been going to Deleece as an annual tradition since the 90's. I always ordered the Breakfast Pasta. This year, I invited friends who wanted to celebrate my birthday with me. I am so embarrassed that I did. They were so very, very disappointed. 1. The place was EMPTY. 2. The food took FOREVER to arrive. 3. The Bloody Mary's we believe contained no alcohol, or if did, a scarce shot, 4. The Bloody Mary was served without CELERY 5. The bar ran out of Olives, 6. The food was NOT the correct temperature, less than warm. 7. The food looked horrible; a. the hash browns were flipped once, burnt in one spot and not at all cooked in other areas, b. the scarce spinach was placed falling off the muffin, c. the hollandaise sauce also missed the poached egg yet was all over the plate. 8. It took FOREVER to get the check. 9. I notated within the reservation that I made that this was a special occasion-my birthday. NO mention was made from the staff wishing me a Happy Birthday or give a little cake. Lastly, the very special Breakfast Pasta was not on the menu. I had craved it the whole morning. Sad it is no longer offered, but would have been over it, if the 8 other things did not happen. I have no reason now, to recommend, nor go back to what was once a special and beloved restaurant.
Went to see a musical at Mercury Theatre. Grassroots was right next door so very convenient. Very friendly and very good service. We were a group of five so we tried three different appetizers . The deep fried olives were very good . Bruschetta was different but good. Bacon mousse was ok but hard to spread on the croustinis.The oven roasted chicken breast was excellent which i had.Two people had the hanger steaks with bourdelaise sauce , the steaks were very good but sauce was bland.One person had the Margarita pizza that she liked.Deserts were ok.
This restaurant is next door to the Mercury Theater, thus making it perfect for before or after a performance. While the food was very good, we waited 45 minutes before we had so much as a cracker. We were also disappointed to find that at 1:00 on Sunday afternoon, only items on the brunch menu were available--nothing from the lunch menu. A convenient, but mediocre experience.
Service was fine but it took somewhat longer between being seated and ordering than we anticipated, especially since it was not busy at that time. The hash was excellent; omelettes were OK; breakfast sandwich was good; hash browns could have been more crispy; the pizza with bacon came without the bacon on it. The server brought the bacon as a side dish to correct the error. Overall, it was fine but not great.
From the moment we entered we felt like we had come home. The staff, including the owner, were super attentive to our needs. All of the food we tried came out flawlessly prepared. The use of local seasonal ingredients was spot on. My wife had a delicious pizza and I loved the pork. Our appetizer and dessert were absolutely delicious, as were the cocktails from the bar. I look forward to going back and seeing what the rest of the menu has to offer. If you liked Deleece when it was there you will love Grassroots!
Not a great experience overall. Went for Sunday brunch and despite there being only one other table, we waited forever for our food. My veggie omelet was good, but my friends were not happy with their meals. One friend ordered the grilled chicken sandwich...it came smothered in aioli and the roll was so saturated she couldn’t eat it. They took it off the bill but still charged her $2 for the side salad it came with. My other friend ordered a different chicken sandwich which was over dried and hard as a rock. The French fries were also so hard she couldn’t eat them. We won’t be coming back.
I thought this place was better in its previous incarnation as Deleece. The area around the Music Box could really use more dining options, and Deleece used to be the best option. Grassroots is by no means bad, but the food is absolutely middle-of-the-road; the names and descriptions on the menu make the dishes sound even more unimaginative than they are, so it's partly an issue of presentation. My pork chop was just okay, and the three friends I ate with seemed similarly satisfied but unimpressed. Not at all a place to avoid but I coudln't earnestly recommend it, either.
That was a disappointment. I don' say it often, but there is nothing specifically good I can say about this dinner, even ater a great show in theater next door. The service was okay, but the food was not. Brussels sprouts salad as dry as the name suggests and the added peace of beef was not chewable even after returning back from additional cooking. I looked around while people were leaving for the show - unfinished food on almost every plate.
There is a plenty of other options around Mercury Theater and I won't be returning to Grassroots next time.
My 2 girlfriends and I were in Chicago from Ohio. Using Yelp we decided to have dinner at Grassroots. It was delicious. We had the vegetable risotto, trout, and hamburger. Each one of us raved about our dinners. After tasting each other's dinner we agreed everything was very good.
The service was wonderful. When we arrived they asked if we were going to a theater in the area (yes) and what time was the show. They asked so they could prioritize tables so everyone would make their show.
We enjoyed it so much we considered going back the next night but decided to explore another restaurant.
Overall, we were disappointed and we don't intend to return. My girlfriend's virgin bloody Mary was unappealing in taste and presentation. The cocktail menu, generally, was not what you would expect in a restaurant that wants to be taken seriously. My empty coffee cup was completely ignored. The menu items were no more than average. Generally, a waste of time.
My friend and I went to Grassroots after seeing the musical Hair, right next door at the Mercury Theatre. We were delighted to find out that the gentleman who sat us was the owner and chatted with him about the history and vision of the restaurant.
The food and service were wonderful. I had the salmon and Sharon had the rainbow trout. Yum!
We sat outside and loved to be able to people watch and take in the city.
Two pescatarians able to enjoy a wonderful meal here. They were able to remove meat from dishes that ordinarily called for it, to great success. The host was very pleasant and informative when we were seated, but the waiter/service was a little slow. We will definitely go back, but might prefer to sit inside so we're not forgotten.
This was the worst experience I had while visiting Chicago. The restaurant was located near Wrigley Field, which was the ONLY redeeming quality of this place. Everything we ordered came out incorrectly. The avocado toast intially came out with eggs on, and neither of us ordered with eggs. We sent them back...and when they delivered the food again they simply scraped off the eggs and brought them back. COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS. The server took off $10, but there was still eggs all over it. Appreciative but defeated the point. Aside from all this, there was zero accommodation for those with any type of allergies. DO NOT GO HERE IF YOU ARE VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN.
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