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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.

3747 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Grace

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 325-1710

Website:
http://www.grassrootschicago.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking, Valet during theater shows

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Josh Hansen

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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3.9

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3.8

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4.0

value

3.7

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Moderate

69% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food. Service a bit slow. But to their credit, it was a weekend night prior to a play and a movie show. So lots of people to serve in a short amount of time

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had a fantastic brunch - the homemade croissants were a standout favorite! Wonderful meals for kids, too. Always one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Perhaps it was just an off night, our waiter was also the bartender, someone else brought the food and at first gave us the food for a nearby table. The restaurant was not the least bit crowded. At the end of our meal we ordered coffee. It was awful, made me think of office coffee at the end of the day when someone forgot to turn the pot off, When asked he did take it off the bill.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Dined here before a movie ar the MusicBox - we were late, they were so nice! They brought our food quickly, so we didn’t miss the movie opening. And the food was delicious - fresh, creative, satisfying and right-priced. Must try the sweet potato carmelized onion tart. Cocktails were good. Service was above excellent - attentive and fast without being intrusive. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Comfort Food, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Good food and excellent service, perfect for pre-theater.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Liked the personal welcome by the owner, and his investment in our enjoying ourselves. The food and drink were very well-prepared and tasty (fried olives) and savory tart and seafood linguine. The waiter was friendly and helpful but seemed a little harried. Would definitely come back especially after a movie at the Music Box. Like the transition from Deleece to Grassroots.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Went there because it was close to movie theatre. Food was very good - we had soups, salads, appetizers, and dessert. All good - no complaints. Server was knowledgeable and helpful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The place was clean. Very small menu without many options. The food had no flavor. I would not say it is a bad place to go, it was simply not what I expected

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Located adjacent to the Mercury Theater, Grassroots provides an excellent dining experience before a show. The restaurant was crowded, and it took a while before our dinner was served, but the staff did make certain that it arrived in time for us to catch the performance. The dishes are creatively prepared and served, and the pastas are homemade (perhaps accounting for the relatively long wait.) If you give yourself 90 minutes before the show, you should be able to enjoy an excellent dinner without feeling rushed. Reasonably priced and definitely recommended.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great place to eat before the Theater. Only have to park once. Good food, service and friendly staff.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

If you like Brussels sprouts get the appetizer. Delicious! Had the arugula and Fig salad. Also enjoyed the margherita pizza, chicken sandwich and tuna tacos. Everyone in our party was happy and satisfied. Would definitely return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Lovely Christmas prix fixe food and cocktails at a great price!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Not really impressed with the food. The service was good.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great spot for a casual dinner. Kid friend;y with great food options and good prices.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The staff at Grassroots was incredibly welcoming and accommodating. We had our 2 year old daughter with us, and the staff did everything they could to make sure that we all enjoyed our meals. Thank you for being so family friendly!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner here. Very kind service and a very good dinner in a quiet setting after the theater.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great menu with plenty of options for any party. Perfect for our dinner before The Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The restaurant was loud and the wait staff was not attentive, not even the host as we walked through the door. Our waiter seemed overly stressed and rushed and did not tell us about the wine specials. The food was ok. Our calamari was over done and overly crunchy almost to the point of being inedible. The steak tacos were good. Having been to the restaurant when it was Deleece and greatly enjoying it, it was a huge disappointment to experience Grassroots.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great interesting menu and beverages.
The fried olives were a first and such a treat!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Organic, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Tuesday night meal before Mercury Theatre. Glass of red for wife, sazerac for me. Both good. Shared the roasted brussels: delicious. Also split salad and salmon dish. Everything excellent. Service was great. Thank you

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Solid, fresh food with normal portion sizes. Perfect atmosphere for lunch.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We enjoyed our salad and pizza very much and loved being able to walk into the theater without having to go out of the building.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had the most comically slow lunch here - over 2 hours. We waited to order, to get drink refills, to get food, to get the bill. ..it was a long wait for everything, and no apologies were made by the staff. It wasn't busy at all when we were there. The food was fine, but not great. While my friend was talking, a server came and took her plate away with food still on it - she wasn't done eating, and the server never asked.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant was very crowed when we arrived and they seemed to need more help. They seemed surprised to have so many guests. The prefixed dinner was good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had dinner after attending the Christmas Schooner matinee at the Mercury Theater. Great environment, warm and cozy, good food. Would definitely go again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

took a long time for food to arrive, and once it did it was cold, not even warm. the place was not very busy, so no reason for the long wait for the food to arrive

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We took our 3 granddaughters there after the play Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theater. It was perfect for all of us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.
Quite disappointed!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was cold and dry, the dessert was burnt, and there were flies circling our food. In addition, the couples to the left and right of us were in such close proximity that we could not have a private conversation. I will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had reservations for Thanksgiving. Completely disappointed. Good flavors, food cold, turkey was dry, desserts were raw or dry. Service was absent, bartender was the only person taking care of tables, the servers were just uninterested on helping.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

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