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The Delta Plans 'Unapologetic Country Cooking,' Hot Tamales In Wicker Park

By Alisa Hauser | April 11, 2017 1:06pm
 Left to right: Beverage director/partner Adam Kamin, executive chef/partner Adam Wendt, and owner Eldridge Williams at the the Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Left to right: Beverage director/partner Adam Kamin, executive chef/partner Adam Wendt, and owner Eldridge Williams at the the Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
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WICKER PARK — Coming this summer, The Delta will bring "unapologetic country cooking," hot tamales and dishes inspired by the culturally diverse Mississippi Delta region to the former Monarch, owners announced Tuesday.

Slated to open in June at 1745 W. North Ave., The Delta is owned by Eldridge Williams, in partnership with executive chef Adam Wendt and beverage director Adam Kamin.

The 40-seat restaurant will also offer a back patio with space for 30 patrons.

Williams, who grew up in Memphis, is a currently a Girl & The Goat manager who previously held management roles at The Promontory, Bangers & Lace and multiple restaurants for The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group. 

Wendt is currently the executive sous chef at Dusek’s Beer & Board and previously served as the opening chef at Bangers & Lace.

Williams said a melting pot of African Americans, Mexican, Chinese, and Italian influences have shaped the region’s cuisine.
 
According to a news release, The Delta is rooted in “unapologetic country cooking” specializing in traditional Delta style red hot cornmeal tamales that are a staple of the region and simmered in a spicy broth, instead of being steamed.

 The Delta's logo.
The Delta's logo.
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Wendt is planning a traditional beef brisket red hot tamale and will also have a rotating list of five to seven chef-driven red hot style tamales, along with other shared plates inspired by the Delta region.

To augment the food, Kamin will offer about 15 opening specialty cocktails in three categories — smashes, classics, and originals. Eight tap lines will pour craft beers, in addition to a "limited yet approachable" selection of wines and vintage bourbons.

Kamin is currently serving as the head bartender at Bottlefork and was previously the beverage director at Graham Elliot Bistro and Dale Levitski's Sprout.

Known for its weekend brunch and quiet back patio, The Monarch closed last fall.