First off - I have to say
First off - I have to say I am crazy for fried chicken. Fortunately/unfortunately I have spent a great deal of time in the South so I am totally spoiled, I know what it should taste like and am usually reluctant to order it anywhere north of the Mason/Dixon for fear of disappointment. All the write ups on The Southern said "best fried chicken in Chicago" so ... went for brunch last Sunday and had at it. It was really, really good. Not MacKenzie's Chicken in a Box greatness (shout out to "Nawlins folks) but really close. AND they had Crystal hot sauce!!! My poor NOLA missing heart(and palate) was temporarily sated. Pretty good Bloody Marys too. Friendly wait staff to boot. We will be back.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner at The Southern was
Dinner at The Southern was great! Their bourbon selection is fantastic and the bacon manhattan was out of this world. Our table shared the crawfish fondue which was a perfect blend of spice. I had the blackened catfish, which as a native southerner, I was pleasently surprised and satisfied by the grits and the tender catfish. Portion sizes were perfect for the price paid and our service was very attentive and friendly. I would definitely go back.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
I split a couple of brunch
I split a couple of brunch entrees with a friend and I strongly recommend both the fried chicken and smothered biscuits! I will be back for brunch again!! Also, they have a fun brunch cocktail menu with a nice variety. Not like every other brunch spot menu which is a nice change.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Southern never fails to
The Southern never fails to deliver on quality food and great drinks made by some of the best bartenders in the city
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
I will be back!
I went with a group of friends for Sunday brunch. We were seated right away (I had made a previous reservation on OpenTable, just in case it was "brunch-busy"). The food came out quickly and drinks were served immediately. Our waitress was fun and we could easily converse with her. I ordered the peach french toast and it was delicious. I've never had anything like it and was very happy with my choice. I will be back!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Real, delicious Southern food;
Real, delicious Southern food; the hushpuppies and collards were our favorites. It was nice for this Georgia native to have some good cookin above the Mason-Dixon line!
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was great and the
Service was great and the food was good. It's a bit noisy, but the dim lighting kept it romantic. The tables are pretty close together, but overall, the ambiance was fantastic. There is only one stall in the ladies room, though...
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a surprise. The crab cakes were delicious with very little breaking and big chunks of tasty crab. The pork Was incredibly tender and delicious. If you want wine or bourbon flights or a wide selection of each, this s your place. Loved the sides--the collard greens with bacon were really good. Just good food.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I like this restaurant/bar.
I like this restaurant/bar. It's comfy and simple and the cocktails are delicious! The Georgia Ginger is my favorite! I could drink like 5 of them. The smoked Mac n cheese could use a flavor kick, but the Fried green tomatoes were great! The strawberries on top were a surprise addition which compliments the friend tomatoes very nicely! And they are huge so it could be small meal/lunch in itself! The corn dogs were also GREAT! The Blackened catfish was also a favorite at our table. Spicy and a huge sandwich. Portion sizes at The Southern are awesome. The mussels however, were our least favorite. Some were overcooked, some were fishy tasting.. not consistent at all. Overall a good experience though! :) Would totally go back for happy hour.
4/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food! Great service!
Great food! Great service! Loved the fried chicken and fried green tomatoes!!
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Uber-friendly, outstanding service
Thank you for such great service on Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. Everything about our experience at The Southern was great, from the unique dishes to the fantastic service.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is not often that I write reviews, however i loved loved loved my experience at Southen so much i couldn't help but share. The number one reason for my feedback is due to the food. EVERYTHING was so delcious. We had brunch and sampled the fried green tomotatoes, fried chicken, and peach french toast. Everything was just flawless. So glad I finally tried the Southern!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Real Southern Food in Chicago
Great for brunch! The Southern is an excellent choice if you're looking for food made from a Southern house kitchen. We had the Catfish Poboy, Mac & Cheese, fried Chicken, crab chowder and started with the doughnut holes. Everything was excellent and we would absolutely come back with our friends and family from Texas. Well done southern food in Chicago.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wednesday Chicken Dinner
We've done the order ahead and bring 10 of your friends Family Style chicken Southern offers so decided to give them a shot on Wednesday as well. Chicken was good, not as good as the order ahead variety but good chicken. will have to assemble another group, though, because ....
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Atmosphere
I highly recommend the Southern for a late night drink and excellent bar food... A++
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fried Chicken Brunch!
I have eaten fried chicken all across the country, and this is some of the best I've had anywhere. The crunchy outside and juicy inside is hard to beat. Plus they have Abita! Bonus! Worth the cab ride from downtown to sit outside on the little patio and enjoy your Sunday.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Southern knows what they are doing and does it well. They know their staple dishes and not to change them (hello Fried Green Tomatoes) and know how to make some fried chicken...which my dinner companions enjoyed on this trip. They don't snub you for holding the sauce, and love to tell you how to pair a wine with a down home southern meal. For all these reasons and more, I will continue to be a regular at the Southern.
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have a wide variety of food interests in our family - one vegetarian, one "pescatarian," three omnivores and one Weight Watcher. The Southern had something on the menu that was a fantastic choice for all six of us. This is a great little place with great beer specials and a very relaxed atmosphere. We'll definitely be back and will recommend to others.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bourbon on the patio
We went for National Bourbon Day, and were probably the only people aware of it even though The Southern posted it on FB as an event. But as usual, the food was very good, the service adequate and the outdoor patio fun. The mac and cheese was really tasty. The catfish had good heat, and the pulled pork was really tender. Drinks were interesting, but the infused bourbon was really nasty (watermelon and peach?!), but our server removed it from our bill as it was undrinkable. The servers were fun and attentive, but literally running to accomodate requests.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was better than expected
Food was better than expected - great fried chicken special. Everything tasted great and the service was to notch. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes southern cooking.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who was very tasty
Who was very tasty and well-balanced Lots of bang for your buck! will definitely return
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Go there again
We would go there again if we could be sure that the chairs at our table would have backs. We ended up in a booth, but we were originally seated at a table with high stools that did not have backs. We old people need something to lean back on. Everything else was great.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for Brunch. I had the
Went for Brunch. I had the shrimp and grits and my wife had the eggs sardou. We also shares a side order of biscuits. All were excellent. The restaruant keeps their menus small so that the kitchen can focus on cooking a few things well. It works. NIce beer and cocktail selection.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for brunch with a party
Went for brunch with a party of 10, including children and it was still trendy with great food and service. Crab cakes Benedict and the Fried Chicken were great.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best fried green tomatoes
The best fried green tomatoes I ever had
Tomatoes cut thinnly with spicy corn meal breading
Topped with goat cheese and watermelon
Mac and smoked cheese also great as was the BBQ brisket
Fried chicken was over cooked and dry with a nasty gravy
Shrimp and grits were great
I'm going back despite the noisy bar
Too bad it was too hot to eat outside!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, but noisy
The food was good, but way too noisy - can't carry on any kind of conversation. Waitress was excellent.
The mac and cheese appetizer - excellent. Fried green tomatoes - skip them, not as good as you get
in the South. She-crab soup: very good. I had the crab cakes - they were good, but had pieces of shells in them, yuk.
The others at my table had the brisket and pulled pork, they liked those a lot.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for lunch!
Our group of 6 was seated quickly and greeted promptly by our server, Jason. Interesting bar menu! Great signature drinks to try with a limited, but great menu. Though the menu wasn't one of those 12 pagers, far from it, every item on the menu sounded fabulous and the choice of what to have was difficult! But everyone was very pleased with their order and plates were cleaned! We will be back!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was good but the best part was the lovely patio- we were not rushed and took our time to enjoy the nice summer evening. Desserts are not very good - they seriously need to update them. The blueberry concoction was overly sweet and the carrot cake was okay but nothing to spend $6 on.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent. All the food had a twist on it that was very good. I am pregnant and had some questions about the cheeses used and the waitress with no fuss ran and checked for me. She was extremely tentative and knowledgeable about the menu. Overall great experience and my husband and I will be back.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Southern food...but not.
The SOuthern takes Southern favorites and dolls them up a bit. No "low class" black eyed peas and rice, but hoppin john with extra. I can't fault them for it, and depending on my mood I can get peeved at it, but the food IS good, so they have that going for them...
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Whiskey Bar
The Southern has a large selection of bourbon, whiskey and rye. The food menu is not extensive but the items are well prepared and tasty. The wait staff is very knowledgeable in the drink and food menu.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made my reservation for 1:00 after looking at the menu. I thought brunch was an option and the regular menu would be available. It was a little disappointed to have such a limited menu but what I chose I enjoyed.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fantastic discovery
This was our first time dining at The Southern and it definitely will not be the last. I have already recommended it to friends. The atmosphere, staff, neighborhood and dining ambiance are excellent and reminded me of the Three Sisters Restaurant in New Orleans' French Quarter. This truly is a neighborhood diamond and not in the rough but well polished.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great college football bar
Great college football bar (Georgia) and amazing food. Service was nothing special, but not bad.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super neighborhood find
We really enjoyed our brunch here. The menu offerings were very creative and the fried chicken was off the charts! A nice change from the bacon-and-eggs type brunches we normally see back home in Canada. Service was friendly and attentive, and the outdoor patio was a perfect place to enjoy the Wicker Park/Bucktown street scene. We'll definitely be back.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Group Date
There was 8 of us in the group and we had a great time. The specialty drinks are delicious and all the food is great to share. My boyfriend and I ended up splitting the pimento cheese and ham and the shrimp and grits! I'm from the south so I'm pretty picky about my grits but these were spot on! I always love to go here to get my southern food fix.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around solid experience.
All around solid experience. Good food with down home southern touch. Drink menu was pretty awesome. Atmosphere is welcoming, rustic, edgy & cozy at the same time.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM