It has been quite a ride for Chris Deane and his staff. Their commitments to quality and homemade taste have paid off. Situated on the far south end of Geneva’s main shopping street – Third Street - they have been quietly building a base of regular loyal customers over the past years. It feels like a small town hangout with most of the original staff greeting regulars and newcomers alike. Deane can almost always be found behind the counter making the sandwiches and joking with the customers.
Staffed with two chefs, cooking up Deane’s own family recipes, and lots of input from the rest of the staff, Deane’s is always experimenting with new concepts to go along with the tried and true. Although famous for the fresh made roast beef sandwich, many regulars swear by the house smoked chicken salad, his old school recipe for porchetta or one of the menu’s many grilled cheeses. And don’t forget the addictive brownies. People have been known to make an hour-long trip just to stock up!
What originally was a request of his wife and family, Deane’s array of frozen meals to go has grown exponentially. Crafted the same way – clean label, homemade – they offer regular and vegetarian options such as chicken pot pie with a homemade crust, macaroni and cheese and killer black bean enchiladas. Customers often are seen stacking up several on the counter to stock up their freezers for those busy nights.
Many people’s favorite part of visiting Deane’s Market & Deli is the eclectic collection of housewares, cheeses and other foods at the front of the restaurant. The stock always is changing and you never know what you will find. Deane’s stocks as much local product as possible, along with an assortment of high quality imports. Many of the food lines come from small batch suppliers from across the United States.
Catering has become a staple of the business over the last two years. From small businesses and private parties to corporate events and catering for local festivals. Every event is different and the chefs are up to the challenge!
If you haven’t wandered in yet, make a point to visit. Five Best of Fox Awards and Best of Chicago can’t be wrong. Say “hi” to the guy in the black polo behind the counter and become one of the Deane’s Market & Deli regulars!