Delwood nails what we love best: a small menu with thoughtful dishes and creative takes, executed to perfection, in a delightful space. Fusion is too cheap a word for what they’re doing, but consider it the best pub food you’ve had in ages, with some serious—and studied—Latin American flair. Aji amarillo, a yellow chili pepper essential to Peruvian cuisine, pops up on the menu a lot, for example, in the dipping sauce served alongside the plantain tostones and yuca fries, which elicited a few four-letter words of awe. The list of standouts is basically the length of the menu, but the guacamole is a must; ditto the spicy fried chicken sandwich, with rocoto pepper aioli and salsa criolla.
Beyond the food, Delwood is attentive to its Mt. Lookout locale, offering a pup-friendly patio and welcoming kids, with a kids’ menu upon request. All the better for parents, especially when you factor in the 4–6 p.m. happy hour with $6 shareable plates and $6 cocktails. Speaking of: We may not need any drink in the world besides their paloma, a Mexican staple made with tequila and fresh grapefruit, but we branched out and tried the pisco sour, a Peruvian cocktail with its namesake liquor and egg whites that, in its coupe glass and dotted with bitters, looks as smooth as it tastes.
Delwood, 3204 Linwood Ave., Mt. Lookout, (513) 321-0051