DeLux (Bar, River West)

Location: 669 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Phone: (312) 850-4008

It’s amazing how certain bars become a staple for those within walking distance but remain completely unknown to those outside their hood. To the unsuspecting this River West bar would seem rather average, which is why it’s downright delightful to see people’s eyes light up when tasting their food.

Delux has just the kind of bar food to cure a hangover. Smothered tots? Yep, they are as good as they sound. One pound of tator tots smothered in homemade cheese sauce, topped with bacon and scallions, and served with a side of homemade ranch. Did you catch all those “homemade” references? Delux shines with its variety of homemade sauces. I like to think of myself as a buffalo sauce connoisseur (OK fine, I’m just obsessed and dip anything I possibly can in it) and their homemade buffalo sauce is GOOD. The menu contains the typical bar food done right, and they have great weekday specials including your favorites.

Their list of beer on tap is nothing extensive, but includes Goose Island Matilda, which I think everyone appreciates. They do have a pretty extensive list of bottles, which makes up for a short tap. Take your beer over to the pool table once you’ve chosen or dive into one of their deep comfy booths for TV gazing. In the summer they open a garage door of windows to expose half the place to the open air which creates a delightful breeze even if you’re sitting at the bar. And most of the locals (albeit everyone in this place is local) do sit at the bar. It’s just that sort of place with plenty of single patrons enjoying a beer and a burger before heading home.

If you’re out for a no fuss bar that makes fantastic food then you can’t do better then Delux. No, this isn’t Kuma’s Corner or some snooty gastro-pub. This is someplace you can actually get a seat and enjoy you’re food amongst neighborhood regulars.


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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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