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The Southern

The Southern

(Now Closed)
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
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  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJanuary 10
    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 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
  • Patrick Jay M.
    Everything but the price for a dirty Martinez
  • Patrick Jay M.
    Just lovely. Don't come sober
  • michelle j.
    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!
  • michelle j.
    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.
  • Famous J.
    Famous JeffersonOctober 25, 2015
    I enjoyed the fried green tomato salad very much
  • Joshua W.
    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.
    michelle jimenezAugust 17, 2015
    Bloody Mary on Sunday is delicious and meaty! Come with an appetite. Food is delicious! Love there mashed potatoes.
  • Erik B.
    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
  • Steph J.
    Steph JeanApril 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pulled pork sandwich is on point.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SMarch 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.
    michelle jimenezMarch 8, 2015
    Everything. Love mimosa time on Sundays. Outside sitting. Love it here
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CottonFebruary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Seasonal Abita on tap
  • Adam R.
    Adam RoweJanuary 27, 2015
    Amazing place with well balanced drinks and food that fills your southern desires. The portion sizes of the mussels are legendary.
  • Paula K.
    Paula KuninDecember 8, 2014
    the grits were good and the tomatoes
  • Faithe M.
    Faithe MasonNovember 25, 2014
    Nice drink specials. Shrimp & grits are awesome late at night. Kitchens stops at 11.
  • Noah B.
    Noah BasdenNovember 18, 2014
    The food was amazing!
  • Cary B.
    Cary BlackOctober 22, 2014
    Get the old fashioned. One of the better versions in Chicago.
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleSeptember 14, 2014
    Whiskey lovers unite here 👌
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mark Alan Walker A.
    The southern fried steak is the best north of the Mason-Dixon Line
  • Jen
    JenOctober 27, 2013
    They must have switched Chefs. I'd recommend just going here for drinks. The entrees were over salted & overcooked, highly disappointed.
  • The Southern
    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.
  • 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!!!
  • The Southern
    The SouthernAugust 7, 2013
    Wednesday = Fried Chicken Night!
  • Lee H.
    Lee HarrisJuly 22, 2013
    It's a knife and fork kind of sandwich
  • Lee H.
    Lee HarrisJuly 22, 2013
    Messy but yum.
  • X X.
    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.
  • Nima E.
    Nima Elyassi-RadJune 30, 2013
    The Charleston Benedict & Eggs Sardou. Yeah!
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraApril 27, 2013
    Worst place ever. Waited 45 minutes for our drinks. Talked to manager, didn't do shit so we left. Never going there again.
  • 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.
  • Charmin
    CharminApril 2, 2013
    Food is legit! Try the maple bacon bourbon!!!
  • Purvi P.
    Purvi PatelDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best mashed taters in Chicago!!!
  • K W.
    K WNovember 11, 2012
    Fend for yourself at the bar!
  • Kamal B.
    Kamal BosamiaOctober 28, 2012
    Don't bother coming here if you're vegetarian. I stopped by for brunch and was told that they can't offer anything besides what's on the non-veggie friendly brunch menu. Salad it is. Blah
  • Todd B.
    Todd BarnhartOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Be careful, they stop serving food well before they close.
  • The Southern
    The SouthernOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try this house-gorund burger with pimento cheese and housemaid pickles!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 11, 2012
    Order the Maple Bacon Manhattan, sit back, enjoy the awesome NOLA-style atmosphere.
  • Morsel
    MorselAugust 1, 2012
    $3 Blonde Bombshell and $3 Old Forester TONIGHT!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Erika C.
    Erika ColdmanMay 20, 2012
    Food was ehhh...would probably come back here for drinks instead...nice outdoor scenery though
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney M.May 20, 2012
    Crawfish Pistolettes. Amazing.
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CarterMay 16, 2012
    Friend them on Facebook do you know when they have special events like the crawfish boil!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WMay 13, 2012
    Really great drinks here. The southern poutine was a wonderful bar food.
  • Anne C.
    Anne ColvinApril 15, 2012
    Loved the Dixie Cup cocktail! St. Germain, champagne, and strawberries... you can't go wrong!
  • Nina A.
    Nina AbneeApril 6, 2012
    Best crab cakes ever
  • 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
  • Åna M.
    Åna MargaretaMarch 18, 2012
    Terrible brunch service; waited 30 minutes for a blood mary.
  • ariel b.
    ariel biscanMarch 2, 2012
    Oyster bisque soup is a must try. Holy yum. I think it's squash based. Drool.
  • Sandy H.
    Sandy HFebruary 26, 2012
    Bacon cocktail. Enough said.
  • 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
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The pig roast is not to be missed
  • 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!
  • Sascha M.
    Sascha MehlhaseJanuary 7, 2012
    Ask them to put the mac and cheese back in the brunch menu
  • 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
  • Tammy
    TammyDecember 4, 2011
  • 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.
  • Casey W.
    Casey WintersDecember 3, 2011
    Not that great. The Southern Mess is very good though.
  • Whitney T.
    Whitney TaylorNovember 7, 2011
    Try the new Hot Bubba with Jack Honey on a cold day.... with Macaroni of course!
  • Jin L.
    Jin LNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best fried chicken this side of the mason dixon!
    MERCEDEZ GONZALEZOctober 15, 2011
    Johnny cakes, mmm.
  • 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!
  • Sascha M.
    Sascha MehlhaseAugust 13, 2011
    Mac and cheese - the favorite brunch dish
  • Roxana V.
    Roxana VJuly 18, 2011
    MAC Truck Special! 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.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SlepakJune 7, 2011
    Order the Texas Toast cocktail. Basically a really well-made Old Fashioned with an orange twist.
  • Derek S.
    Derek StrittmatterJune 5, 2011
    Po boy is amazing!!!
  • Maria
    MariaMay 31, 2011
    The family style fried chicken is not to be missed. Find a family and do it! Read more
  • Suzanne T.
    Suzanne Traub FryMay 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Who is that handsome bartender upstairs?
  • Courtney T.
    Courtney TraubMay 7, 2011
    Brad is the best bartender ever! Go to him for all your drinks.
  • vel b.
    vel bentleyMay 3, 2011
    yeah yeah yeah
  • Melissa
    MelissaApril 24, 2011
    Yellow Rose is delish
  • Chris H.
    Chris HallApril 9, 2011
    Thanks for the beer sampler flight, courtesy of today's Foursquare special!
  • The Southern
    The SouthernMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Bushmills Whiskey flight with the 10 yr, 16 yr and 21 yr. Awesome deal!
  • 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
  • Paige P.
    Paige PenningtonFebruary 11, 2011
    Kool beans
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • The Southern
    The SouthernDecember 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the homemade eggnog, it's not on the menu but definitely a must try!
  • Maegs
    MaegsDecember 6, 2010
    The Johnny Cakes might just save your life! :-)
  • 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!!
  • The Southern
    The SouthernOctober 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    College football, spicy Bloody Mary, Hot Legzz and Lone Star -- perfect Saturday afternoon!
  • 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.
  • The Southern
    The SouthernSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    On Wednesdays you can try each Abita beer for only $3!!
  • 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
  • Ryan G.
    Ryan GAugust 21, 2010
    I'm a native Texan. I go here. That's a good sign. You should too. It's legit.
  • 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!
  • Evan
    EvanAugust 15, 2010
    $3 Shiner Bock bottles every Sunday!
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LippertAugust 15, 2010
    Ask for Alex as your server; he's awesome and so friendly.
  • Evan
    EvanAugust 7, 2010
    $3 shots of SoCo on Saturdays.
  • Wes B.
    Wes BenelAugust 1, 2010
    Out of Bacon whiskey
  • Gary V.
    Gary ValentineJuly 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Weed, but save me some!
  • Laura I.
    Laura IvinsApril 8, 2010
    The Soutern Poutine is a must have!!! Deliciousness!
  • John K.
    John KinderApril 6, 2010
    Check out the Death's Door White Whisky here. Unique and refreshing in their Mint Julep (ez on the sugar though)
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MitchellApril 1, 2010
    Mac and cheesiness.
  • John Z.
    John ZeratskyMarch 28, 2010
    Try the Sunday mac 'n cheese!
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