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

  • Folarin Balogun Avatar

    The food was delicious, vibes were really decent, staff was great and timely, atmosphere was open and fun. Everything is worth the price. Just make sure you get there early enough to get a spot and throughly enjoy food.

    Folarin Balogun 7/25/2021
    Eithne McBride Avatar

    One of our favourite spots in the city. Doubly so since Chef Rylon took over the kitchen Batter & Berries' loss is Frances' gain!

    Eithne McBride 7/23/2021
    Veronica Washington Avatar

    The shrimp and grits were delicious.

    Veronica Washington 7/23/2021
  • Marissa S Avatar

    This was the most delicious breakfast! Came here Sunday afternoon and was seated within 25minutes. Ordered the mega flight french toast, bacon flight (5 kinds of bacon) and loaded hashbrowns. Also had the mimosa flight. The french toast display was... read more

    Marissa S 7/19/2021
    Mide A. Avatar

    5 star rating The food was worth the hype,the service was great and the chef was very welcoming. I will highly recommend it to anyone visiting Or staying in chicago..ITS TOP NOTCH

    Mide A. 7/11/2021
    Dominique Jordan Avatar

    Food is Excellent and the Service is Excellent also!!! I HIGHLY recommend getting the flight a French toast and Mimosa. I also had the Jerk Shrimp and Grits 🤤

    Dominique Jordan 7/11/2021
  • Diana S. Avatar

    5 star rating Great brunch spot. The food and serve was so on point that my family and I went two consecutive days; party of 8-10 each time.

    Diana S. 7/10/2021
    Mike P. Avatar

    5 star rating Amazing tuna melt! And our server Allison was outstanding! Very friendly and taking time to check on us, even as she was juggling managing duties while assisting all of the staff! Will definitely come back just to see her!

    Mike P. 7/06/2021
    Toni Jones Avatar

    The food was DELICIOUS!!!! The service was great, and I appreciated the chef being so attentive. I'll definitely be returning!

    Toni Jones 7/04/2021
  • Frederick Rijos Avatar

    Loved this place! So many food options It was cute, the food and service was amazing! I will definitely go back the next time I'm in Chicago.

    Frederick Rijos 6/29/2021
    Marc D. Avatar

    5 star rating Fresh, quality food, great service. The spinach and mushroom omelet was wonderful. The chocolate chip pancakes were perfect for my 8-year-old.

    Marc D. 6/28/2021
    Beth E. Avatar

    5 star rating My hubby and I recently visited. The food was great and the service was exceptional. My hubby thoroughly enjoyed his tuna melt. He said it's one of the best. I am a HUGE breakfast person so... read more

    Beth E. 6/23/2021
  • Ashlynn Robinson Avatar

    Best brunch in Lincoln Park. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with a smile. The place was very clean and inviting. Allison was an incredible waitress, so sweet, kind and attentive. My skillet was the freshest skillet... read more

    Ashlynn Robinson 6/22/2021
    David R. Avatar

    5 star rating Just went back to France's Brunchery on Clark. Their menu is fantastic. I LOVE the french toast flight. A real smorgasbord of flavors, especially the lemon zest. I love the open garage doors along the whole sidewalk. I noticed a... read more

    David R. 6/22/2021
    Clarence Cardwell Avatar

    Good menu, great food, fantastic service!

    Clarence Cardwell 6/19/2021
  • James Munson Avatar

    Omg the tweets

    James Munson 6/17/2021
    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

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