Adelle’s – Wheaton, IL

The other night Ample Bites was introduced to a great local restaurant. Adelle’s – Fine American Fare is located in an unassuming one-story building on the South side of the tracks in the heart of downtown Wheaton, Illinois. Adelle’s is highly acclaimed locally including an appearance on WTTW’s Check Please! TV program.

Adelle’s menu includes a number of comfort food items like meatloaf, parmesan-crusted chicken breast and braised short ribs but their approach to these items, and everything else on the menu, is to use excellent ingredients and bold flavors. The chef punches up the flavors with spices, sauces and fresh herbs in a way that is noticeable but not overpowering.

Adelle’s entree and small plates menu is solid from top-to-bottom, which makes selecting a meal difficult for the diner. Their nightly specials compound this pleasant problem. Our waiter was excellent. He described the specials in detail and helped us understand some of the subtleties of the main menu. He was also observant enough to notice that a birthday was being celebrated and made mention of it.

Our group started with glasses of wine from a well-balanced wine list that includes an impressive selection of domestic and imported varieties by the glass or bottle. Our group chose a 2011 Dark Horse Chardonnay, a couple 2011 Las Lajas Malbecs, and a 2011 Hybrid Petite Sirah to accompany our fish taco and mini-burger appetizers and entrees.

All of our entrees met or exceeded our expectations. The entrees included a traditional Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel with spatzle and red cabbage, a beautiful Pan-roasted Wild Pacific Cod with potato latke, grilled asparagus, Hollandaise and Tobiko caviar, a golden-brown Parmesan-crusted Chicken Breast with cheddar mashed potatoes, onion strings and grilled asparagus, and a medium-rare Hoisin Glazed Duck Breast with purple sticky rice.

Adelle’s service was excellent. The waiter and bus-staff were attentive but not overly so. Our meals were served in a timely manner and at the proper temperature.

Although we were too full for dessert we chose a Chocolate Truffle Brownie from a very strong dessert menu. The brownie was rich and suitably decadent.

Adelle’s was impressive on all levels and Ample Bites will certainly return to this fine restaurant.

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