Frances Deli · Great since '38

Stop In For A Bite

Monday – Sunday : 9:00am – 3:00pm

Closed on Thanksgiving And Christmas Day

The Beginning...

Frances’ Deli has been a landmark in Lincoln Park for 80 years this year – serving diners breakfast, lunch, and brunch (before it was even a thing)!  Their delivery and carry-out game has always been strong too, “We’ve held down the Gold Coast for quite some time,” starting on the east side of Clark as a legit, old-school deli, then, after 50 years, moving across the street.

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"Brunchery"

Frances’s has always been known for its comfort food and generations-old family recipes, and sandwiches too big to finish in one sitting. But the story doesn’t end there. Enter Chicago-famous chef and personality, Derek Rylon — with his original team — ready to take over and transform this diner/deli into what he calls a “Brunchery.” “Dinner on eggs,” he jokes, while promising an “Upscale Breakfast Experience.”

Chef Rylon

Chef Rylon has been perfecting his culinary skills and recipes for over 30 years and his iconic following is a testament to his gift for creating unbelievable dishes. His resume is nothing short of spectacular and reads something like this: Shaw’s Crab House, Wild Fire, Maggiano’s, Ruth Chris Steak House, Gibsons, Capital Grill, The Wyndham Hotel, The Westin, The Embassy Suites, the Crown Plaza Hotel, Batter and Berries, and most recently: Frances’s Deli & Brunchery at 2552 N. Clark in Lincoln Park.

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“People eat with their eyes”

“People eat with their eyes,” he exclaims, as he carefully lines up rainbow peppers on a crawfish omelet, a dish that came from the fathoms of his imagination. In fact, Derek met his wife, Angie, working as the executive chef in a hotel and she was hostess, truly making his kitchen a family affair.

When asked what separates him from the rest, Derek will tell you that he approaches every dish he creates with love. “Everything I make is to taste, and if you have to season one of my entrees, it’s a borderline insult.” He says with a smile.

The culinary arts is a pursuit of passion, for the ONLY African American, Executive Chef in all of Chicago. Let that sink in. Derek came from truly humble beginnings, learning his way around the kitchen as a sous chef and working his way up to one of the most respected Chef de Cuisines on the Chicago Brunch scene.

“everything happens for a reason”

Derek earned a reputation for his meticulous attention to detail and his avante-guarde breakfast menu that is constantly revolving. He lets people fall in love with a dish and then he switches it out for something new, only to receive death threats and threatening Facebook messages, to put it back on the menu “or else…”

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“May The Best Food Win”

Derek’s mantra is: “May the Best Food Win.” With his arrival on the scene, every brunch spot in LP is on notice, so let the #BrunchWars begin. “If you’re scared, go to church,” Chef says with a smirk. He’s kidding, but he means it.

Derek has a lot of potential with double the seating, and an amazing location, conveniently located in beautiful East Lincoln Park.

For the People, By The People

  • D & B TV Avatar

    Amazing from start to finish. I would give this place 10/10 if I could.

    D & B TV 6/04/2021
    Kevin Drew Avatar

    Had a great veggie omelet

    Kevin Drew 5/31/2021
    D. Majesty Avatar

    Very nice restaurants!! beautiful decor lot of windows, lot of options on the menu serve both breakfast and lunch. Awesome stuff

    D. Majesty 5/31/2021
  • Csilla Megyeri Avatar

    I went there for lunch for the first time after living in the area for several years. The food was great and the service was wonderful. (You can tell that everyone strives for perfection.) My only comment would be to... read more

    Csilla Megyeri 5/31/2021
    Benjamin Vazquez Avatar

    My daughter and her friends took me to this nice place. The employees were very attentive and good service. When I visit Chicago I will stop by there ... ben

    Benjamin Vazquez 5/24/2021
    Richard Milligan Avatar

    Very good service, and great food and lots of choices

    Richard Milligan 5/17/2021
  • Janet Farr Avatar

    New chef and new menu. Nice staff, outdoor seating. All three of us enjoyed it.

    Janet Farr 5/15/2021
    Daniel E Varanauski D.N. Avatar

    Had a delicious brunch on Mother's Day. Great service and marvelous food - the flight of Mimosas weren't bad either 😋

    Daniel E Varanauski D.N. 5/11/2021
    Roz Hosea Avatar

    The food was great and the Mimosa flight was excellent with the different flavors.

    Roz Hosea 5/10/2021
  • RHONA THOMPSON Avatar

    Everything was delicious!! I like my eggs scrambled hard and most restaurants don't cook eggs how I like them so that was a plus. The Bacon Flight was different and I enjoyed it a a Bacon Lover. My mimosa was... read more

    RHONA THOMPSON 5/10/2021
    RHONA THOMPSON Avatar

    Everything was delicious!! I like my eggs scrambled hard and most restaurants don't cook eggs how I like them so that was a plus. The Bacon Flight was different and I enjoyed it a a Bacon Lover. My mimosa was... read more

    RHONA THOMPSON 5/09/2021
    Erin D Avatar

    Awesome place! Great place to support. The food is *chef's kiss* so so good. Very chill and cute atmosphere, excellent and chill service, not a long wait time even with limited capacity on a Saturday for brunch.

    Erin D 5/08/2021
  • Xian W Avatar

    Food was great, and came out fast. Which is good because you only get an hour to dine in, lol. Overall, very nice place, would go again.

    Xian W 5/03/2021
    Kevin Scott Blocker Avatar

    Friendly staff, excellent mimosas and delicious food.The Corned Beef skillet was excellent and filling.

    Kevin Scott Blocker 5/03/2021
    ana De La pena Avatar

    Great food, friendly staff amazing atmosphere. Mike W always makes you feel at ease and at home.
    Amazing management + amazing staff + amazing food = amazing success.

    ana De La pena 5/01/2021
  • ana De La pena Avatar

    Great food, friendly staff amazing atmosphere. Mike W always makes you feel at ease and at home.Amazing management + amazing staff + amazing food = amazing success.

    ana De La pena 5/01/2021
    Sam Kuhns Avatar

    Amazing food!

    Sam Kuhns 4/13/2021
    glennis grant Avatar

    Great food service nice friendly people

    glennis grant 4/08/2021

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