Delicias Brianna Restaurant: Guatemalan and Salvadoran Treats in a Cozy SpotAddress: 4911 N. Western Avenue
If this restaurant had cheeks I would pinch them and squeal, “You’re so adorable!” That was my first thought when I walked into the newly redecorated space that until recently was inhabited by Buen Sabor.
But a restaurant can’t survive on good looks alone, especially considering this off-the-beaten-path location. I’m happy to report that Delicias Brianna (4911 N. Western Ave.) offers a tasty mix of Salvadoran and Guatemalan dishes that are satisfying and a great value, in a cozy setting with friendly service.
The menu presents choices between antojitos–small dishes in the $2-$3 range, such as pupusas (picture flat, stuffed tacos), tostadas and tamales–and more substantial platillos fuertes, meat-based entrees in the $8-$12 range. If you have trouble deciding, try the taco dinner ($6) or the Delcias Brianna Platter ($11), which includes a pupusa, empanada, doblada (beef-stuffed fried taco), chucito (pork-filled tamale), chicken taquito and some yucca frita.
Speaking of value, a “5 for $40” family meal, with five servings of the four most popular antojitos and a plate of yucca is available. Breakfast dishes ($5) are available starting at 10 a.m. on weekends and $6 lunch specials are offered on weekdays. Owners plan to expand the menu with fish and seafood dishes soon.
While there are some similarities between Delicias Brianna and its predecessor (especially since there aren’t many Central American restaurants in the immediate area), it’s obvious that the current ownership takes a great deal of pride in their operation. It’s named after their daughter who weighed under 2 pounds when she was born prematurely (she’s a healthy toddler now), which should be enough to tug your heart strings a few blocks north of Lawrence to give the restaurant a try.
As a fan of pupusas and adorable joints run by people who patiently answer all my questions about the menu, I am now on a one-woman mission to encourage Lincoln Square diners to venture a few blocks north.