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The Southern

The Southern

(Now Closed)
Southern Food Restaurant$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
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  • Joshua W.heart icon on user image
    Joshua WhitakerOctober 15, 2015
    It's a little pricey, but you get so. much. food. Brunch is great (basically their entrees plus eggs, which lets be honest that's all I want from a good southern breakfast). Fried chicken and whiskey.
  • michelle j.heart icon on user image
    michelle jimenezJanuary 8, 2016
    The food is SO good. Come with an appetite! Very cool atmosphere. Cozy! Small bar. Limited seating. Sunday Bloody Mary's are my favorite here.
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    X XJuly 21, 2013
    The mac&cheese and the hush puppies don't live up to the hype. However, the brisket is delicious, as is the maple bacon Manhattan. Excellent selection of bourbons and super friendly/attentive staff.
  • Carolheart icon on user image
    CarolMarch 25, 2015
    The fried chicken sandwich is absolutely unreal, so juicy & crispy. I also loved the red cabbage coleslaw. Can't wait to go back
  • michelle j.heart icon on user image
    michelle jimenezJanuary 8, 2016
    The food is all so good! Come hungry. You must come for brunch on a Sunday and try a Bloody Mary! The best!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJanuary 10, 2017
    Forget breadcrumbs. This mac and cheese is topped with brown butter solids — basically, melted butter that has crisped into toasty, nutty flecks. Read more
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJune 26, 2012
    Sitting in the fenced-in patio next to this open-air restaurant, digging into fried green tomatoes, hush puppies and crawfish, it's easy to imagine you're in New Orleans, or some spiritual kin thereof Read more
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneMay 5, 2016
    Forget the breadcrumbs, The Southern has mac n cheese topped with brown butter solids, and is coated in a sauce of cheddar, Gruyere and fontina. Read more
  • Martin S.
    Martin SlusarzSeptember 10, 2014
    Excellent comfort food. Buffalo mac and cheese was spectacular! Could not stop eating it. Service was excellent. Plan to visit often.
  • Erik B.heart icon on user image
    Erik BowmanAugust 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried chicken, and the drink specials. The chef is amazing eaten there twice I want to try more. A for sure repeat
  • Tammy
    TammyDecember 4, 2011
    Great food for big families or groups! The bottom area is a little bit more of a bar atmosphere on the weekends, while the upstairs is more loungey. Drinks are pretty strong here, but still tasty.
  • michelle j.heart icon on user image
    michelle jimenezAugust 17, 2015
    Bloody Mary on Sunday is delicious and meaty! Come with an appetite. Food is delicious! Love there mashed potatoes.
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    The SouthernSeptember 18, 2013
    Wednesday nights are fried chicken nights! Come on in and chow down with some $3 Coors Light bottles to wash it down.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SkinnerSeptember 12, 2011
    As a Southern girl, I am a HUGE fan of shrimp and grits and try them whenever they are on the menu. The Southern's are the best shrimp and grits I have had outside of the South!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KrollJanuary 28, 2012
    The crab cake Benedict is the best I've ever had! Perfect amount of crab topped with arugula, sliced apples and Dijon remoulade. Delish!
  • Kristin
    KristinJune 22, 2012
    Try the newbie sample of whiskey. The Kentucky Burgoo and the Dirty Rice were excellent. The eggless summer potato salad was AMAZING.
  • Cabanthony
    CabanthonyApril 14, 2013
    If you have more than 5 people and want to sit together on the patio, the Fire Marshall will arrest you. Also Mac and cheese good.
  • michelle j.heart icon on user image
    michelle jimenezMarch 8, 2015
    Everything. Love mimosa time on Sundays. Outside sitting. Love it here
  • Josh B.
    Josh BloomfieldSeptember 3, 2013
    Awesome restaurant! Went there for the first time this week... will definitely be attending the Half Way to Mardi Gras event this evening!!!
  • Riley B.
    Riley BandyJanuary 10, 2011
    Go with a party of 6 or more and have their fried chicken dinner. The chicken and biscuits are amazing and their staff is fun and helpful.
  • BetsyM
    BetsyMAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Haven't had a thing here that I didn't love. I'm a big fan of the hush puppies and mac and cheese. The dirty peach cocktail is really tasty, too!
  • Alana K.
    Alana KingNovember 20, 2010
    I haven't been impressed with anyones Mac and cheese in awhile but this one is good!! Very friendly staff. Must try the honey suckle cocktail!!
  • Faithe M.heart icon on user image
    Faithe MasonNovember 25, 2014
    Nice drink specials. Shrimp & grits are awesome late at night. Kitchens stops at 11.
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SusickJune 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Thursday's special is the spicy fried chicken. They aren't kidding about the spicy part, but it is so worth it.
  • The Southernheart icon on user image
    The SouthernOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try this house-gorund burger with pimento cheese and housemaid pickles!
  • Cary B.heart icon on user image
    Cary BlackOctober 22, 2014
    Get the old fashioned. One of the better versions in Chicago.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithSeptember 11, 2012
    Order the Maple Bacon Manhattan, sit back, enjoy the awesome NOLA-style atmosphere.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 14, 2012
    The new late-night menu starts at 11pm. Your second dinner starts with andouille corn dogs. Read more
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BayJune 18, 2011
    If The Southern Mule cocktail is on the menu - get it! So delicious with tangy fresh ginger flavor.
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CarterMay 16, 2012
    Friend them on Facebook do you know when they have special events like the crawfish boil!
  • Mark Alan Walker A.heart icon on user image
    The southern fried steak is the best north of the Mason-Dixon Line
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    Famous JeffersonOctober 25, 2015
    I enjoyed the fried green tomato salad very much
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Paul Virant, chef of Perennial Virant, eats here on his nights off. He loves the The fried chicken dinner. Read more
  • ariel b.
    ariel biscanMarch 2, 2012
    Oyster bisque soup is a must try. Holy yum. I think it's squash based. Drool.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SlepakJune 7, 2011
    Order the Texas Toast cocktail. Basically a really well-made Old Fashioned with an orange twist.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Really great drinks here. The southern poutine was a wonderful bar food.
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel De oliveiraOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Cold? Try the Texas Mocha. It's the best winter warmer you'll have all season. At $8.00 you can't afford to pass this up.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 14, 2010
    It’s the rooftop deck (covered in a tent in chillier months) and alfresco patio that steal the show at this Wicker Park bar and restaurant. Read more
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The andouille gumbo is perfect bowl of comfort food on a cold Chicago day
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 27, 2012
    The skin was chewy rather than crunchy, and the overall bird lacked flavor (a situation that could be remedied with the hot sauce or hot-pepper vinegar on the table). Read more
  • Lee H.
    Lee HarrisJuly 22, 2013
    It's a knife and fork kind of sandwich
  • Steph J.heart icon on user image
    Steph JeanApril 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pulled pork sandwich is on point.
  • Tif P.
    Tif PJanuary 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Po' Boy with mahi mahi and crunchy slaw. New on the menu and worth every penny!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 15, 2011
    Thought you'd want to know: The Southern has been nominated for Best New Pub Grub in Time Out Chicago’s 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now! Read more
  • Charmin
    CharminApril 2, 2013
    Food is legit! Try the maple bacon bourbon!!!
  • Paula K.heart icon on user image
    Paula KuninDecember 8, 2014
    the grits were good and the tomatoes
  • Maria
    MariaMay 31, 2011
    The family style fried chicken is not to be missed. Find a family and do it! Read more
  • The Southernheart icon on user image
    The SouthernMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Bushmills Whiskey flight with the 10 yr, 16 yr and 21 yr. Awesome deal!
  • Sascha M.
    Sascha MehlhaseJanuary 7, 2012
    Ask them to put the mac and cheese back in the brunch menu
  • The Southernheart icon on user image
    The SouthernAugust 7, 2013
    Wednesday = Fried Chicken Night!
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