Dee's Place

(1 Ratings)
2114 W. Division Street - Wicker Park, IL
Mon.-Thurs. 5 pm - 10 pm, Fri. - Sat. 5 pm - 12 pm, Sun. 11 am - 10 pm
Meals served: Lunch,Dinner,Brunch
Outdoor seating: Yes

  Great vibe. Great food. Great music.

One of Wicker Park's best kept secrets, this warm, casual and relaxed establishment specializes in soul food, reminding you of southern-style cooking at its best. To add to the ambiance, jazz and blues music begins at 8:30 pm every Friday and Saturday night.

Dee's Place also plays host to a true Southern Sunday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm. Think chicken & waffles or biscuits & gravy. And Dee's is a full service B.Y.O.B establishment with free Wifi. In the warmer months, a nice sized patio is open on Division Street.

Dee's Place is a great, comfortable and casual spot perfect for tasteful southern dishes like rib tips with rice & beans and extra gooey mac & cheese. Prices range from $10 - 20. The interior includes large prints of famous jazz and blues performers.


They were also recognized recently for having amazing fried chicken. Here's the review. 


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Posted on 29-Apr-2011 11:10 AM5 out of 5 stars
Great vibe, great food, and great music. This place is truly a different type of restaurant. It's not very big, but there is an inherent intimacy because of this which makes eating here feel as comfortable as eating at your grandmother's house. The staff
are all friendly, approachable people who seem as though they are entertaining guests at their home, rather than simply taking orders and delivering food. And the food is delicious - the customer is able to mix and match from a variety of options (BBQ, comfort
food, soul food, etc) to create an ideal plate. The BYOB is convenient, since there is a liquor store down the street. The fried catfish was perfectly crispy. It was a large filet with no bones (which is a BIG plus, because catfish can be hard to eat sometimes).
The breading was tasty and the portion was good. We also tried the BBQ chicken - the meat was perfect and just fell right off the bone, and for around $7 you get a large thigh and a leg. The sides are a real treat. There's red beans and rice, jambalaya-style
rice, the most AMAZING mac n' cheese I have ever had (made with real, melty cheese so it's not soupy, and seasoned lightly), delicious coleslaw (and I am NOT a fan of coleslaw usually, but this stuff was GOOD), and cornbread included. I recommend not getting
TWO of the combo plates. The $15 combo comes with one meat, two sides and cornbread. It is big enough for one person, but instead of ordering another combo, we ordered just another meat (around $7.50) and another side (around $4) and saved about $3 by doing
so (the smaller combo platter includes a piece of cornbread, but for $3, this didn't seem worth it.) We walked away VERY satiated and perfectly full. We wanted to try the bread pudding, but decided not to stuff ourselves too much! The surprise element that
I didn't expect was the LIVE JAZZ, which began suddenly at around 8-9:00. This made the night for me. I simply LOVE jazz, and it allowed us an excuse to sit around and relax at the table after we were done. The wait staff also made us feel comfortable as they
did not pressure us to pay our bill, and made us feel like we were welcome to hang out and enjoy the show. This is what makes this place truly unique - the comfortability and laid back atmosphere - which a lot of restaurants CLAIM to have, but this is actually
one of the few places where I truly FELT at ease. For all that I got out of this experience, I am giving this place 5 stars. It's memorable and relaxing and one of the few good, modern, nearby places to get southern comfort and soul food in the city. I'll
definitely have to come back.