The Delta

Perfect For: Big Groups First/Early in the Game Dates Outdoor/Patio Situation Small Plates Vegetarians

The Delta is a new Southern bar and restaurant in Wicker Park that’s great for casual drinking and snacking. They have a long cocktail menu, and their food specialty is tamales that are simmered in a chile broth instead of steamed. There are a few different kinds, like spicy brisket and a hard-to-imagine-it’s-good version with pastrami, lamb, beef, giardiniera, and lots of cheese. But it is, and it’s pretty perfect drinking food, along with the hushpuppies and “animal” fries that have melted pimento cheese and caramelized onions. The space is small and narrow, with an open kitchen, and an awesome back patio.

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