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The Southern
The Southern

The Southern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thesouthernchicago.com
  • Email: info@thesouthernchicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 342-1840
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Friday: 2:00 pm - 2:00 am Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Cary Taylor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact our event coordinator at parties@thesouthernchicago.com to help book your event from 6 to 250 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Andrea Hafley (773) 342-1840
  • Special Events & Promotions: We offer event space for parties of 10 to 250, think of us for your next special event with great cocktails and comforting food options.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wolcott
  • Public Transit: North Avenue #62 or Blue Line Damen stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking (with meters) and residential parking is available (observe neighborhood restrictions).
A word from The Southern
The Southern is a central gathering place where the tallest order of the day is a cocktail, conversation and relaxation.

Taking its cue from the laid back way of southern life, this low-down Bucktown bar offers a deep selection of small batch bourbons, micro-brews, hearty whiskeys and plenty of specialty drinks.

When hunger strikes - as it always does when people get together – Executive Chef Cary Taylor satisfies with a menu that raises the bar on bar food. Influenced by his southern background, Taylor uses ingredients from local farmers and sustainable sources for dishes like fried green tomatoes, Johnny cakes with chow chow and Charleston-style crab cakes. For bigger appetites, expect to find soul-satisfying braised pork shank and grilled shrimp with grits.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "If you like southern food, The Southern should satisfy you, tho I confess that I have not tried the fried chicken, which is the metric by which all restaurants should be assessed. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The cuisine at the Southern is truly a great take on Southern cooking; however, our service was a bit spotty. Our server seemed a bit rude and arrogant. Most servers we come across have a polite and informative tone rather than being snarky. Overall, it was a great experience, a must go for the mac n cheese."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "If you're not a foodie, you'll think the food is great. The big disappointment were the drinks. I ordered a mint julep and should have sent it back - it looked like an Icee that was jipped of flavor. It was 1/4 full and embarrassing. I also tried to order a whiskey neat and their selection was limited. Not a whiskey bar like they claim."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We've been to The Southern for drinks and had some appetizers, but this was our first dinner there and we weren't disappointed. The "cup" of gumbo is practically a meal; well stocked with proteins, although a bit on the bland side. I would have preferred it to be a little spicier, but I eat the peppers in Sechuan restaurants, so maybe it will be perfect for other palates. The fried chicken was terrific, properly cooked with nice seasoning and essentially no grease. The biscuit and gravy that came with it were pretty much perfect, could have made a nice breakfast out of it. I only gave them three stars because it's comfort food, which is not a four-star meal, but definitely worth the trip."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I never order fried chicken out (because I have southern roots and basically I don't believe most people know how to make fried chicken) but this dish was delicious! You could actually taste the seasoning (so rare)! My boyfriend enjoyed the mac & cheese too. I didn't especially but the risotto was good."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Wonderful atmosphere, cozy and when warm weather hits has a great indoor/outdoor combination. If not crowded, service was almost too frequent; making it feel like the server was stopping by the table too often. But overall... gem of a spot in Wicker Park with great drinks and good southern grub!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "This place used to be great but the last party I had here for a friends birthday service was very slow when hardly anyone was in the restaurant. And the food was no where near as good as it was, everything was very bland. Not sure what has changed but it was a totally different experience than in the past."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is definitely a neighborhood gem. The food, the drinks, the service, it was all great! I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The Southern, likes the name implies, is based on a southern USA menu. My group numbered 4. We were seated upstairs which was a little strange because I think it is used for open air dining in the summer, and there is no bathroom, and had a birthday party present next to us. I think the downstairs would of been better, since the date was in February. They have an extensive beer, wine, and whiskey list. We started with the fried green tomatoes and the kale salad, which were very good. I had the fried chicken sandwich, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My wife had the shrimp and grits, which she said was okay. It is easy to get to and Overall, I would go back, and take a groups of friends or parents."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Really good food and range of southern dishes to fit all tastes. Price point was right on, and atmosphere was great. A little too loud at the booth we were sitting in. Service was good, and food was tasty."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Tried three items from their "snacks" menu (hush puppies, mac & cheese, bbq pork belly) - all were very good, although also very rich. The Southern also has a small, but very interesting, cocktail menu. The Maple Bacon Manhattan was pretty good, but too sweet. The Good, the Bad & the Whisk(e)y was tart and spicy. Ultimately, the best cocktail that we had was a mint julep, which was excellently made. Highly recommended if you want to feel a bit like you're at the Kentucky Derby."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Got stuck by the door on a very cold night so constantly getting blasted with air - had to wear a jacket for dinner. Mac and Cheese was delicous"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great sazuarc - really good gumbo, pork shoulder and kale salad. First time there and will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "The great thing about this place on Mondays is they do Mac n Cheese specials. So we ordered their special which had artichokes and goat cheese in it and was AMAZING. I kept telling my friend I could eat two more dishes of that stuff. We also split the Kale Salad which initially my friend said she didn't like kale, but I got her to try it, and she loved the spiciness to it. Again, I could eat that salad every day."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "The brunch menu is very short and the party at the next table ordered local oatmeal and the southern was out of oatmeal despite just opening for the day! I would probably recommend the southern when the patio is open-looks a lot like Moonshine."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was great and so was the service. There was a good food selection and the portions were generous. Had a great dining experience here with friends. the Arugula salad was delicious! Will definitely go back there again."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "I absolutely enjoyed my experience at The Southern this past weekend. The food was great and the service was amazing as well! The only complaint I would have was that we were sat at the table right in front of the door. With it only being in the 30's-40's, it was rather chilly and every time the door opened (which was often) we were hit with the cool air. I'm sure it's not a problem to sit there any other time of the year however in late fall/winter it wasn't ideal. Otherwise, the food and service (which is what really matters) was all fantastic!!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013