Frances Deli · Great since '38

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Monday – Sunday : 8:00am – 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

  • Rusty T. Avatar

    5 star rating This is my old school favorite deli in Lincoln Park. Not a traditional jewish deli, but great sandwiches, good for a casual meal and a lot of nostalgia. I always come back.

    Rusty T. 3/29/2020
    Greg G. Avatar

    5 star rating I love this place. When we're not all quarantined I usually come here with friends for brunch on the weekends. Occasionally I would pop in during the week solo for a meal. Service is always fast and friendly, portions are... read more

    Greg G. 3/24/2020
    Elizabeth Castellanos Avatar

    Great service. Delicious food!!!

    Elizabeth Castellanos 3/17/2020
  • Kelsey G. Avatar

    5 star rating Such a fun spot for brunch! My friend and I decided to give Frances' Deli a try after noticing how cute and quaint it was. The mimosa flights looked out of this world but we settled on a nitro cold... read more

    Kelsey G. 3/15/2020
    Scotty W. Avatar

    5 star rating Very family friendly, staff is attentive, knowledgeable, and on their game. Food is great...haven't had anything I dont care for. The country breakfast with the biscuits and gravy are my favorite.....could use a little more gravy. Clean!

    Scotty W. 3/07/2020
    Phil Munoz Avatar

    Lots of variety. Good deals good service.

    Phil Munoz 3/04/2020
  • Annie L. Avatar

    5 star rating Favorite brunch place in Lakeview. Everything is amazing and service is incredible too. We have also gotten to-go orders and have not been disappointed.

    Annie L. 2/24/2020
    C Rowe Avatar

    My 1st time here and it was a great experience!! The service and food was very good. I told my bestie the next time she's back in town we will have to come back.

    C Rowe 2/21/2020
    Sherri H. Avatar

    5 star rating We rented an apartment in this neighborhood and went for a walk to find brunch. This place was full but we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table! We decided on sandwiches and I was thrilled that... read more

    Sherri H. 2/18/2020
  • Kim Gehring Avatar

    I honestly like the food and service, fantastic area next to my house. The cashiers are always very friendly. Highly recommended.

    Kim Gehring 2/10/2020
    Madeline Grodek Avatar

    A mimosa flight is the way to go!

    Madeline Grodek 2/09/2020
    Eaglemaster24 Avatar

    everything was delicious, the prices are fair and pretty good service

    Eaglemaster24 1/31/2020
  • James Ng Avatar

    Delicious and unique takes on the classic American breakfast fare. Busy but fast service. One word: sumptuous.

    James Ng 1/22/2020
    Sixto Martinez Avatar

    Awesome choice of mimosas and filling food

    Sixto Martinez 1/22/2020
    Oneta Sampson Avatar

    We have dined here many times even during their transition....always excellent.

    Oneta Sampson 1/15/2020
  • Eduardo Gamboa Avatar

    This place is 100% quality - there food is great and service is the best - pancakes are on point - menu is creative - had a genuine good time and meal there

    Eduardo Gamboa 1/15/2020
    Zac K. Avatar

    5 star rating How have I NEVER been to this place?! I came here on Sunday for a birthday brunch and omg I have my new favorite brunch spot. The interior decoration Is cute, a nice combination of trendy and tacky. The service... read more

    Zac K. 1/13/2020
    Komal Sapra Avatar

    Lovely vibe and amazing food!

    Komal Sapra 1/08/2020

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