DELIght is one of those new Downtown spots that you’re hesitant to try but immediately regret not visiting sooner. The casual gourmet restaurant has multi-hued wood-stained tables with plenty of seating options including a bar area offering beer on tap and wine. The name implies a focus on deli-style sandwiches, but offers much more, touching on international flavors and a running theme of beets, cheese and carnitas.
Appetizers include calamari with toreados, chicken lettuce wraps, carnitas bruschetta topped with goat cheese and a beet hummus tinted a brilliant fuschia.
Be sure to ask for off-menu item, pupusas, a Salvadoran specialty served with curtido (pickled cabbage slaw accented by oregano) and a mild tomato salsa. Griddled corn cakes are stuffed with pork, beans or cheese and can be ordered individually or as a trio. Classic salads are offered, but you’ll want to try the grilled salmon with asparagus, feta, pistachios and spinach with a warm citrus glaze drizzle.
Sandwiches are fresh, filling and served with a house salad or fries tossed in parmesan and parsley. The Reuben and Cuban are popular as is the falafel pita which packs four perfectly spiced and crisped falafel balls atop beet hummus, providing a dazzling contrast of bright green and pink. Burgers are cooked to your preference, including a lamb burger served with date jam, roasted tomato spread, spinach, sherry mushrooms, caramelized onions and feta. Other beef burger options are unique concoctions, including one smothered in habanero mole and topped with arugula, mushrooms, drunken onions and pepper jack. The Frances burger is an inventive combination of blue cheese, berry-basil preserves, bacon and green chile.
Housemade desserts include cheesecake rotations and bread pudding. The creme brulee is a silky custard encrusted with candied pistachios and a beet syrup surprise at the bottom. Sunday brunch was recently added with tantalizing options like mesquite-smoked ham with chamomile glaze and a blueberry toaster.