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Southport Grocery & Cafe

Southport Grocery & Cafe

Breakfast Spot, Cupcake Shop, and Café$$$$
Lakeview, Chicago
81 Tips and reviews
  • bread pudding pancakes
  • breakfast food
  • brunch food
  • southport grocery
  • brisket and gravy
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  • JenKudu
    JenKuduJune 18, 2014
    The chorizo and eggs is amazing! Brisket and Gravy (pic) is good comfort food but the biscuits are pretty tough. Split a grown up pop tart too start.. You won't be disappointed :)
    Upvoted Oct 29
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistMarch 18, 2015
    They stock Mayana Chocolate, which means you can get the Heavens to Bacon Bar, crafted of crispy bacon-almond praline, potato chips, smoked sea salt caramel, puffed rice, and dark chocolate, here. Read more
  • TJ C.
    TJ CallantaAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Plenty of reasons the wife and I are 6 year regulars. Easily the best brunch spot the NorthSide has to offer. Bread Pudding Pancakes, Sweet & Savory FT, & The Hash? The whole menu won't disappoint.
  • Bitches Who Brunch M.
    Best Family Brunch: Southport GroceryA quaint, quiet shop that is nestled in the Southport Corridor, Southport Grocery is the perfect place to take your family for a well-balanced brunch. Read more
  • Joe D.
    Joe DodsonFebruary 14
    Been here 10+ times
    The Hash has been threw a couple changes since I first came here in 2010 & I have to say the version I had today blew me away. Best breakfast I have had in a while.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 16, 2013
    Grilled Brie Sandwich at Southport Grocery is rightfully called "a grown up version of a grilled cheese" with a layer of gooey brie, fresh spinach and a delicious mess of sauteed mushrooms.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJanuary 12, 2012
    'Kraut fans, take note: This market and cafe has recently started making sauerkraut in house, and it's stellar. Take a jar of the "Living Kraut" home, or try it on a Reuben with house-made pastrami. Read more
  • Abbie W.
    Abbie WFebruary 3
    PureWow: bread pudding pancakes. These suckers are made of bread pudding (wrap your head around that) and topped with cinnamon-sugar butter. (Mama’s tip: The wee ones tend to love them, too.)
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CooperFebruary 2, 2012
    What a great find! I started off with the hummus, apple salad, and ended with a single cupcake pancake. I absolutely loved everything. Seating is limited, weekends you will definitely have to wait.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 8, 2015
    Voted Best Family Brunch: A quaint, quiet shop that is nestled in the Southport Corridor, Southport Grocery is the perfect place to take your family for a well-balanced brunch.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    The breakfast menu will please fans of cream cheese; the gooey stuff makes an appearance in the stuffed French toast, topped with maple-pecan syrup. Try it with the rosemary-roasted ham. Read more
    JENNIFER HUMBRECHTApril 18, 2011
    Omg. You must must must try the cupcake pancakes! Be sure to hit the bakery case before you leave and snag a pretzel cookie and a peanut m&m peanut butter cookie as well. So damn good. :-)
  • Jenna K.
    Jenna KowalczykJanuary 21, 2015
    Here's what you do. Order one single bread pudding pancake to share & then order anything else you want. But you should know the Bruschetta was amazing.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 11, 2012
    The breakfast menu will please fans of cream cheese; the gooey stuff makes appearances in a pair of new omelettes, including one packed with spinach, jalapenos, artichokes, tomatoes and cream cheese. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    The breakfast menu will please fans of cream cheese; the gooey stuff makes an appearance in the stuffed French toast, topped with maple-pecan syrup. Try it with the rosemary-roasted ham.
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockMay 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You must order the biscuit and gravy or hash (add brisket). Seriously both are phenomenal. If you're in the mood for booze, all the cocktails are tasty!
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon B.February 18, 2014
    The Brisket and Gravy is a fun twist on the classic!
    Upvoted Oct 29
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WFebruary 11, 2015
    One of my favorite brunch places in Chicago, definitely worth the wait… Put your name down and go shopping around…
  • ben m.
    ben m3 weeks ago
    Obviously, they are more known for breakfast, but the patty melt is on point.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ron R.
    Ron RowlandNovember 19, 2011
    Possibly my favorite breakfast place in the city. I may be in the "Savory French Toast" rut. But it's a very tasty rut to be in.
  • Rémy T.
    Rémy Thenot-SiegelFebruary 6, 2010
    Breakfas/brunch is great. The staff is courteous and the food is worth the likely wait you will face on the weekend. As someone else said, the bread pudding pancakes are ridiculously good. Just try!
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny WeigleJuly 1, 2010
    One the best brunch spots in Lakeview! But get there early on the weekends to avoid the long lines/wait. And definitely try the cupcakes...good luck eating just one. Read more
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinJanuary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    bread pudding pancakes are proudly dense and gooey; they're topped with cinnamon-sugar butter and vanilla anglaise
  • Ryan
    RyanDecember 7, 2013
    Breakfast sandwich, coffee, and stuffed French Toast. On a 10 degree day albeit a sunny one there was a half hour wait. Worth doing just plan ahead.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The pimento cheese, sausage and onion omelette at Southport Grocery is one of the 100 best things we ate this year. Read more
  • Kenney M.
    Kenney MarlattAugust 5, 2013
    The southern omelet with jam-filled buttermilk biscuit and red potato mash is excellent.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Bread pudding pancakes. And bruchetta. And brisket gravy. You really can't go wrong
  • Brian M.
    Brian MacQueenFebruary 9, 2010
    One of the best brunch spots in the city. It does get crowded, so be prepared to wait. And hope they've got tater tots on the menu. Try them with an omelet.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SchwartzmanAugust 23, 2011
    One of our favorite brunch places in Chicago. Start off brunch right with either the coffee cake or grown-up pop tart. Yes!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Cupcakes or the Cupcake batter pancakes! They burgers here are also excellent!
  • Patrick T.
    Patrick TannousJuly 18, 2011
    The Maui Mango iced tea is incredible. And u can even buy some to take home!
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny WeigleApril 21, 2010
    My favorite brunch spot in Chicago! And check out the specialty items for sale on the racks too...very unique and healthy! Read more
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweDecember 17, 2014
    Always a real treat. Service makes you feel like family
  • Adam D.
    Adam DumasApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Long wait, but it's WORTH IT! Wait is usually 1 hour to 1.5. Host offered free coffee cuz our wait was long.
  • effie
    effieSeptember 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The mushroom pasta salad is a delight! Order it as a side or as a main meal, you'll love it.
  • amanda d.
    amanda dilleyFebruary 15, 2010
    Best items to order - cupcakes, cupcake pancakes, bread pudding pancakes, bruschetta, sweet and savory french toast, oatmeal. Yum!!!
  • Alison
    AlisonApril 11, 2011
    Love the outdoor seating for nice days. Food is yummy, but check your bill... We got overcharged.
  • Stephen D.
    Stephen DavilaAugust 7, 2014
    Brisket and Gravy is melt in your mouth AMAZING!
  • Annie B.
    Annie BossletSeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the breakfast sandwich...great blend of ingredients.
  • effie
    effieSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They know me here... i hope it's bc I get the mushroom pasta salad so often not the mimosas ;)
  • Ksenia
    KseniaJuly 27, 2012
    These bread pudding pancakes are out of this world!!!
  • Dianne S.
    Dianne SalazarMay 5, 2013
    Try the Grilled Coffee Cake With Zingerman's Cream Cheese
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockOctober 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Service has been super slow as of late. Twice now the server has delayed putting in our order. Food is still good - just plan to stay for a while.
  • Carie B.
    Carie BadgettMay 1, 2010
    Great brunch. They use a lot of local produce, so it's really fresh. Kid-friendly, too.
  • AJ W.
    AJ WeinbergMay 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Broken heart is right, used to love it here, moved away for a couple years, not so much this time
  • Meggi
    MeggiMay 28, 2013
    Try the bread pudding pancake! Everything here is delicious!
  • Samantha A.
    Samantha A.December 15, 2013
    Love the bread pudding pancakes!:)
  • Marissa Y.
    Marissa YennieNovember 17, 2014
    The breakfast sandwich and the broccoli salad. Swoon.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KleinJuly 18, 2011
    Try their Maui Mango iced tea! So good!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HongOctober 9, 2012
    Pork confit sandwich is BANANAS. Get it. Sweet, salty, crunchy all on griddles rye.
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