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About Permanently Closed - The Southern
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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 Eric Michael satisfies with a menu that raises the bar on bar food. Influenced by southern cuisine Michael uses ingredients from local farmers and sustainable sources for dishes like fried green tomatoes, Johnny cakes with pork confit slaw and Our Famous Fried chicken served daily. For bigger appetites, expect to find soul-satisfying Pork Belly, Crawfish Roll and grilled Shrimp and Grits.
Chicago, IL 60622
Southern, American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00 pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Bar opens at 5pm daily till close and for weekend brunch
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering options available
Street parking (with meters) and residential parking is available (observe neighborhood restrictions).
North Avenue #72 or Blue Line Damen stop.
Private Party Facilities:
Contact our event coordinator at email@example.com to help book your event from 6 to 250 people.
Private Party Contact:
Alette Valencia: (773) 342-1840
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
The Southern - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Service was 👎
Server was not very attentive.
8 people dining... 6 meals came out the remaining 2 meals took over 15 minutes to arrive.
Food is ok. Eggs Benedict lots of sauce little flavor
Chicken and waffles boring.. cold
Eggs and bacon.. bacon was very fatty
Bloody Mary mix yuk
Outside venue nice
I went here because I was looking for a place where I could have dinner with an old friend from out of town and sit outside. Plus, the food looked great on the website. However, the website has a huge picture of fried green tomatoes which I was looking forward to , and then they didn't have them on the menu. We also kept smelling the grill, but there are no real grilled items on the menu either. The menu is somewhat limited, and the food was okay. But, it was a great place to sit outside, chat, and have a couple of beers.
Decent food, and drinks were good. Patio is fantastic, with a great ambiance. Negative for the night was the service. Server made us feel like an annoyance, and there was minimal effort it seemed.
Might try The Southern again for the patio, but odds are we won't be back.
The Southern has been a top spot on our list for years -- it's hard to beat their food, drinks and outdoor space. We decided to go for brunch this weekend and were looking forward to old standbys like the fried chicken benedict, breakfast mac n cheese and other tasty items. However, we were so disappointed to learn that there is a new chef who is totally overhauling the menu, and not for the better.
It's essentially a basic menu that you could find anywhere, and nothing decidedly "southern" about it. Our server previewed the dinner menu with us as well, and we were equally disappointed. Where is the awesome burger with pimento cheese?? I can get a regular cheeseburger with cheddar cheese anywhere. What about the fried green tomatoes?? Huge let down.
It should be clarified that I am all for updating menus, adding new items and support a chef's creativity and vision. But this menu is boring, quite frankly.
Needless to say, we didn't end up staying for brunch on Saturday and we went somewhere else. I know we weren't the only ones to change our plans that day. Hopefully they hear our feedback.
Very cool restaurant in a trendy upcoming part of Chicago. Great southern food with a lively bar area . A nice place for a casual lunch or dinner with friends and family. Stopped by last week as we had heard about Sounthern and we were not disappointed. I will try it again during the evening.
We have dined here many times before! The service was very good! Tried the Fried green tomatoes again. The last time we ordered this, it was an appetizer. (Which is the way I would have preferred). It is also served with a corn type relish with diced red peppers! It was my fault that I did not ask if it had bell peppers in it! (I am very allergic). We did enjoy the chicken ! The burgers were on special for half price the night we dined. Saw many being served. They looked very tasty! Slagel Family Farms grass fed beef! Can't wait to go back to try them!
I chose the Southern because of the outdoor patio photos and menu I saw on their website. It is summertime and my friends and I wanted to go somewhere with outdoor seating. Although I made reservations and specifically requested patio seating, we got there and were told by the hostess that patio seating is first come first serve only. It would have been nice if they would have let me know in advance, as I had made reservations. We ended up seating inside which was fine because our table was next to the open patio. The Southern had good food. The avocado toast was the best dish we had. We also tried the fried chicken, pork roulade, blackened catfish and fried green tomatoes. The food was good, but on the salty side. I wish I could say I would be back, but I have had better southern food elsewhere in the area.
We visited The Southern at 9:30pm on a Friday night and sat in their outdoor patio. There were hanging lights above us and the setting was very comfortable. Started off with the mussels which were amazing! We also had the fried chicken dinner and the pork shoulder, both was good. Our server, Tierney, was great - super friendly and attentive!
Elevated southern food. 30 minute wait for the Fried Chicken but it was crispy and tasty. The greens and cornbread are worth the trip. Everyone enjoyed their entrées, pork, catfish and jambalaya. Green tomatoes were underdone but overall enjoyable experience . Service was good. Surprised it was not busier on Father's Day.
We have been to The Southern on other occasions. This visit was ok. My guest ordered Iced Tea. Our server returned to say they had to brew the Ice Tea. He said he would wait for it. After inquiring about the tea a few times, it was finally served after the entrees were served. The corn chowder soup was very good. The macaroni and cheese was pretty good. We ordered the fried chicken entrees. Some of the pieces of chicken were outstanding. A couple of pieces were a little dry. Tried to order a beer, but they were out of some of the menu selections. The service was adequate/OK.
Possibly the best fried chicken I've ever had in my life - and I've eaten all over the south. The greens were excellent, the cornbread with honey butter authentic and mouth watering, and the salads were surprisingly fresh and healthy. Even the cheese plate had an excellent blue cheese. My daughter is a vegetarian and had the Southern Toast which she loved, and there is also a risotto. My boys had the slow roasted pork shoulder and gobbled it up. Such a good dinner - and fun.
Great cheese tray with delicious chutney, mustard and pickles. The Southern toast was absolutely delicious. The egg blending in with the other ingredients made it a great dish to eat. The fried chicken was good, but very typical. The cornbread was a nice addition. Great, cute place with good food. Would go there again.
I would not recommend this place for "real food" lovers. The menu is limited and food was just ok. I got the feeling that this was more of a pub for hanging out & having drinks (the drink menu was endless). I would imagine this is a great place for the under 40 crowd
The customer service was wonderful. The woman at the front was extremely helpful in getting us more chairs for our table and seating us outside. She found a way to assist us and was very pleasant. Plus, you all's food is incredible.
Awesome experience I had for my Birthday. It was my best-friends birthday as well. We, along with our families and friends had a blast.
I've come to The Southern many times before but only for brunch - which is fabulous especially on their patio in the summer - but this was the first time I had gone for dinner. My friend and I both got drinks, which were pretty good, but small. We ordered the Souther Toast as an app, perfect to share and really yummy (eggs, avocado, pork belly, how can you go wrong??). But then dinner came and it was pretty bland...we both got a fish dish that we were excited about it but it just didn't taste like much. If anything the fish had too much of a fish-y quality. The vegetables were limp and the sauce was a white cream sauce that didn't add anything...I was bummed by this because I love their brunch so much. I also felt that there weren't enough options for entrees. Service was also really slow despite us being one of maybe 6 tables in the place.