Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room

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$30 and under
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American
We are a southern cookhouse and whiskey room located in Lincoln Park. Aiming to be the neighborhood go-to, we offer a familiar menu of southern staples characterized by a modern, seasonal twist. And as noted in the name, a secluded whiskey room is nestled in the back for connoisseurs of all levels who are interested in a unique tasting experience!

Specials

Weekday Happy Hour

1/2 off of our signature Char Burger, $3 Benchmark Shot, $5 Drafts, and $8 Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 22, 2019

Ends: August 23, 2118

Availability: Tue-Fri 5:00PM-10:00PM

60614 Neighborhood Night

14% off dinner all night for 60614 residents every Wednesday evening.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 22, 2019

Ends: August 23, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-10:00PM

Tuesday Rib Night

$29 full rack of Coca-Cola barbecue sauce Texas-style ribs. Only available Tuesday evenings while supplies last.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 22, 2019

Ends: August 23, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-10:00PM

Weekend Brunch Bottomless Mimosas

$20pp Bottomless Mimosas for 2 hours with the purchase of a brunch plate.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 17, 2019

Ends: August 18, 2118

Availability: Sun 11:00AM-3:00PM
Sat 11:00AM-3:00PM

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What 55 People Are Saying
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MH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I really wanted to like this place. Southern cooking should be delicious, tasty, and comforting. Unfortunately, none of these food qualities were found during our dinner. The fried chicken looked like it was tripled-fried from the layers of cooked flour I peeled off and from the brunch menu earlier in the day. They had no skillet cornbread and explained to us they had ran out of it. The drinks were nothing to rave about and lacked distinct flavors. The dessert cake was awesome and the best thing we had all night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Slower service. Great food. Portions little small.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on August 29, 2019

Hello, We are glad you enjoyed the food, and sorry to hear you were not fully satisfied with your visit. If you have any additional comments or questions, please email me at alette@drawlchicago. Thank you for coming in! Best, Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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AF
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fried chicken was amazing!! There was a baby crying which killed the mood a little but everything else was great!

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on August 29, 2019

Hi Alexa, It is nice to hear you enjoyed your time. Thanks for coming to visit! Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

My fiancé and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. My burger was over cooked and the Mac n cheese lacked flavor. We both had high expectations for this restaurant. In addition, our server made suggestions on menu and then said “well we’re out of that so you actually can’t have it” which was like hanging chocolate in front if someone and then saying “well sorry it’s mine.” Not sure we will be back here.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on August 29, 2019

Hello, We are deeply sorry to hear about your negative visit with us recently. It is disappointing the service and the food were both unenjoyable for you two. If you have any more comments, please feel free to email me at alette@drawlchicago. Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Horrific service

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on August 13, 2019

Hello, On behalf of the entire Drawl team and myself, I would like to give my deepest apology for the poor service you received during your visit. It is unfortunate that a member of my team did not live up to the positive guest experience we strive to promote. If there are any additional comments or concerns, please feel free to email me at alette@drawlchicago. Best, Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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G
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Drawl it is such a fun place! The food is great (the mussels is a must) and the drinks are well crafted.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hello, It is so great to hear that you had a blast visiting us! Hope to see you in again soon. Thank you, Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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SB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we got was wonderful! 4 stars only because they were out of several menu items when we visited.. our waitress was very knowledgeable though and helpful for me as a GF person navigating the menu.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you for leaving a review. It is unfortunate that we were out of a few menu items, but that just means you'll have to come in again and try them! Best, Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service - wonderful food, whiskey and ambience!!

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hi Lisa, We are so happy to hear about your visit with us. Thank you for such kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Best, Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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AV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food was delicious - the pimento cheese is a must get.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hi Abigail, So glad you enjoyed everything! Hope to see you in again soon. Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great - very attentive and nice. The drinks were great too. I was disappointed in the food. This was my second time visiting and I got the same thing I ordered the first time - the short rib and brussels sprouts. It seemed like the portion sizes had decreased and I found the short rib to be rather tough and the sprouts had way too much vinegar. Seems like a nice spot for drinks and a snack (it’s very cute inside) but the entrees need work.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your time spent at our restaurant. While we are glad to know about your pleasant experience with our staff, we are sorry to hear that you did not fully enjoy your meal. If you have any additional comments, please reach out at alette@drawlchicago. Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

We checked in for our reservation at 1:30, and there weren't many other groups - three couples, one on all three sides of us, and a group of three or four to the left. We were seated at a table in the dining room next to a table that had not been cleaned from the previous guest. It was also two small tables pushed together, but it was not accessible on the right side (the arm of the bench), and difficult to access on the left without either bumping and disrupting the guests, or moving the table that were already sitting there. Looking around the restaurant, and all the other tables were clean, and there were other options of tables that were more accessible.
A couple minutes pass, and someone comes by to clean the table next to us. They say something along the lines of "Oh...I think Holly should be with you in a few moments".
After that, no one spoke to us again. We saw folks walking by, serving food, refilling drinks, handing out bills, checking on the other guests. But no one spoke to us or acknowledged we were in the restaurant at all.
After ten minutes, still no one had even been by to acknowledge our table, so I said something to my partner. As I mentioned how no one was acknowledging us, someone came by with a water jug to fill water glasses at the other tables, and completely skipped over our table.
I was disappointed, because I recall having come to this restaurant on a different occasion with a group of friends, and I was excited to show the place to my partner. But after that, I don't think it's worth my time or money to return.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hello, We are so sorry to hear about your negative visit with us. It is unfortunate that our staff lost sight of our strive for a positive guest experience every time. Please feel free to email alette@drawlchicago if there is anything we can do to see you in again. Best, Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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AB
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I’ll start with the positive: the decor is pretty and the layout of the space is great. The kale salad was also excellent.
Other than that, it was one of the worst meals I’ve had in a long time.

I lived in the South for 30 years, and I’ve never had such terrible fried green tomatoes or fried okra. I’m pretty sure they weren’t made that day, and the frying oils needed to be changed. The fried chicken was passable, but nothing a southern cook would ever serve.

Maybe those who don’t know southern cooking will enjoy it, but anyone with southern roots will be very disappointed.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on July 25, 2019

Hi Allison, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and rating for our restaurant. We are terribly sorry that you did not enjoy your meal with us. If you have any additional comments or concerns, please email me at alette@drawlchicago. I would love to hear about experience and how we could make it better for you next time. Best, Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The appetizer served was rock hard hush puppies that were black and inedible. We ordered two racks of ribs with greens and cornbread. One order of ribs delivered without the side. It took 10 minutes to alert the waiter about the incomplete service. No offer to return the room temperature ribs that sat while we waited. Both orders of ribs were dry. We each ate about 1/4 of the serving and did not take home. The cornbread was over baked: a hard crust almost black in color, dry inside and tasteless. Inexcusable bland greens. The service was inattentive. This was an unfortunate dinner choice for a birthday dinner. Do not waste your time or money on this restaurant that is sure to close.

Drawl Southern Cookhouse and Whiskey Room
Responded on July 25, 2019

Hello, On behalf of myself and the entire Drawl team, we are incredibly sorry to hear about your poor experience. It deeply saddens me that members of our team lost sight of the hospitable and welcoming environment we strive to create and this will be shared with the team in an effort to learn and grow. Thank you for taking the time to leave an honest review and please feel free to email me at alette@drawlchicago with any additional concerns. Best, Alette Valencia Managing Partner 773-687-8111

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bottomless mimosa deal and food!

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We had high expectations and were a little disappointed. Good food and drinks, but not great. High prices for the amount of food.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food but very slow service and they were out of the beignets!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The shrimp and grits was good, but the Shrimp’s head was raw. Only 3 pieces, but not even cooked well. The burger was good, but fries was too salty

OT
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good southern cooking with Chicago style. Service was attentive but we were there at an off time kinda early for dinner 5:00. Music was a little loud and didn’t fit the atmosphere. For some reason it stuck out, don’t usually notice that kinda thing but it was odd enough for me to take time to write about it. They did such a good job with creating a southern style, maybe a little jazz or blues would help if it’s going to be noticeable. Loved my southern fried chicken breast awesome smashed potatoes, husband had jambalaya-very spicy but that’s how he likes it. We’re with our kids 18,13 didn’t try the whiskey room but it and the bar look pretty neat. Maybe we’ll try with some friends.

KC
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dined with another couple after an evening in Chicago. Seated right away. Everyone enjoyed their dishes. I thought the macaroni and cheese was a little salty. Also ordered the gumbo, wild mushroom flatbread, buttermilk fried chicken and char burger. Gumbo had a kick to it, but delicious.

DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was excellent. My husband and I went for Sunday brunch. There was live music, bottomless mimosas and good vibes. We'll be going back soon.

S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

This place was terrible. It was so loud, like a night club in such a small space. The menu was quite limited including the drink menu. Apparently they felt Lincoln park needed a southern cooking restaurant and a whiskey bar. They certainly fell short on the southern cooking while overdoing the whiskey bar. I wanted to order a rum based mixed drink and the waitress claimed they had no orange or pineapple juice. The one rum drink they had was $14, served in a martini glass and had orange juice in it. Hmm, me thinks the 100+ bottles of whiskey are being pushed whether you like it or not. Also, how can you have drinks that include egg whites, but no juice ( but still serve me a drink with orange juice). I think the waitress was uninformed.
I ordered the greens and fried chicken breast. The greens were apparently supposed to be soup, because they served them in a bowl swimming in vinegar heavy green liquid. Very little greens in this sea of green madness. The fried chicken was quite doughy and not that crispy. Maybe it softened from the gravy poured on it or the mashed potatoes that it sat atop. My husband had the flat bread and gumbo. The gumbo was ok, and the flat bread edges that I ate were ok. He was not impressed with his dinner either.
This place missed in every way. Hopefully, if they want to stay in business, they will get a serious southern cook and update their menu to include more southern dishes (see Popeyes). They should definitely increase their mixed drink selections and decrease the small novella of types of whiskey they carry.

KA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. The waitress was attentive. Even though we had to send our food back because it was too salty, the chef remade our order to perfection. No complaints.

CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Good food and venue, rude waitress did put a damper on everything though.

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal at Drawl & the best Whiskey Sour I have ever had. Can't wait to come back to Chicago

GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This restaurant is in a great location and has a great vibe, great service and awesome cocktails however, the food is sorely lacking what I would expect from a southern cookhouse. Since it has a limited menu, you would think the food is out of this world and very well prepared but that is not the case. We had the fried okra for starters and the orca was undercooked and very crunchy with a very salty fried crust. I had the shrimp and risotto for my meal and my boyfriend had the short rib dinner. The shrimp were very good but the risotto was under cooked and hard and the short ribs were dry and over cooked. I also ordered a side of greens and they were very tart and saucy. Very disappointing! The desserts were just ok... my bread pudding was somewhat dry and the chocolate pieces in it were very bitter and almost tasted like they were burnt. I will definitely not return to eat here!

K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food overall was not tasty, which was unfortunate because of name and menu options, we expected more. The hot chicken not traditional but I don't think their spinoff quite did the trick. The pimento cheese was awesome!!!! In addition, they ran out of a main entrée. The staff were friendly and patient. The were knowledgably and helpful with whisky recommendations. The whisky room is awesome. Loved the atmosphere. Hope they improve the menu and taste of food.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have no complaints about this restaurant. We came for a birthday dinner and would love to come back for a date night. All aspects of the meal and restaurant were extremely well-done and enjoyable.

WS
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Southern comfort food! The menu is not too extensive, but plenty of options from which to choose. The craft cocktails are great- excellent Whiskey list. You will be charged $2 for one large ice cube- but this is Chicago after all.

JC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Drawl is absolutely delicious! Pimento cheese dip, charred carrots that are life changing, grits, and the best buttermilk chicken imaginable. The skin is light and crispy while the chicken is moist and delightful. I can’t imagine a better piece of chicken out there exists. Last night I had Jonathan as our waiter, he was prompt, friendly, and wonderful to have as our server. Having a great staff always helps a location - keep him! I’ll continue to return to Drawl for the best chicken and charred carrots in the city.

S
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is my third time there. Food is great and solid, so is the drink menu and the ambiance.

Service was not great the first two times there, but last time it was definitely better, probably because the restaurant wasn't as crowded as the first two times I was there, probably due to the bad weather.

All in all, this is a great and cozy place and I really hope it succeed and sticks around. We need places like this in the neighborhood.

NC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trendy spot, with great decor and even better food. Staff was awesome too.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was incredible! Can’t wait to come back and try more things!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live down the road from here and have always walked past it saying we need to try it. We did and it's now our new favorite place in Lincoln Park. The service, food, and whiskey selection is among the best in town. We will be coming back.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great server.
Kinks to workout but enjoyed it.

MR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex is outstanding! She made sure that the five of us had a great experience. Fried chicken and champagne, how could you go wrong. Outstanding whiskey room , great selection. Thank you and we will be back soon.

KA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was at best ok.
Service was unprofessional
Worst Bloody Mary I’ve ever had at a brunch. Had to return.
Won’t recommend it return.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I wish the menu wasn’t just brunch at 1:30pm. It was cute in there and the drinks were great. I would go back to try more of the menu options.

BS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Hummingbird cake, collard greens, and short ribs were great. Need more attention to food in kitchen. We were served “woody” fried okra and the grits were undercooked. Service was great.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!! Always love it here

b
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome place. Very cool decor and amazing food.

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