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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Grassroots will be open Christmas Eve serving our regular menu until 9:00 pm

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Enjoy a 3 course Holiday dinner with choice of organic-free range turkey, herbed beef , Walleye or vegetarian entree and get all the Holiday sides family style. Only $42 per person. kids 12 and under are $15

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Grassroots (fka Deleece) Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

3.7

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

67% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 10, 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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·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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·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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·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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·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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·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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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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·Dined on November 26, 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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·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 6, 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 4, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The service was really slow here. Food was good but everything took a long time to receive. This is difficult when you have children with as they don't have patience anyway.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Marvelous service, very attentive (without being a pest) waitstaff. Great food, including vegetarian dishes.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed the food and service was great. Very attentive staff. Worked great for a casual stop in on a fri night.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a one-of-a-kind experience at Grassroots for my birthday. The owner, John, went above and beyond to make our experience special, and the food & cocktails were out of this world. Quickly becoming my favorite restaurant in Chicago.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

These folks are way too nice to make food this good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

6:30 reservation. Food served at 7:40. Inexcusable.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Pre-show dinner. Delicious food$

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great spot for dinner before a play at Mercury theatre. Did get sat between two other couples even though many other tables open. Calamari and Cuban sandwich were very good and great wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful food and ambiance. Been there many times and always had something different. They have a 3 course pre-fix that is only $27. A local gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Decent food, good value and very nice people

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent. Lovely cocktails. Creative entrees. Loved it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I wanted to love it but just OK farm to table menu/food. In addition, the atmosphere is disappointing as it is simply a pre-theater diner. It needs to separate itself from that and focus a bit more on the food and get a couple more waiters.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Disappointing. Ordered the beef hash. This is my go-to dish when I get brunch, but the food here was bland. Meat was overcooked. My friend ordered the breakfast burrito. It was ok. Flavor was decent, but there wasn't much filling in the tortilla.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

They had amazing brunch! Really good food and mimosas! Service was great too. We brought our dogs and were able to sit on the patio. The patio was pretty big and not super loud!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Awesome brunch! The best avocado toast I’ve ever had!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

My first experience - food, service, all were very good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Would love to see more meat and dairy free options on the menu. Specific requests were discouraged by our server. Is it true that "the chef does not enjoy making vegan risotto"?

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