The comfort food at The Southern might not be an obvious choice to escape the July heat, but the shady courtyard and drink specials go a long way. We made a “farmer’s meal” out of the bar and side menu including fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, cheese grits, green bean salad and corn on the cob. The watermelon garnish on the fried green tomatoes was sweet and cold, and our waiter was happy to serve up a side dish when we asked.
Everything at The Southern is fresh — the green beans and corn tasted like they’d been picked at the farm that morning, in fact. The grits and hush puppies had a wonderful kick, and the fried green tomatoes were tangy. Service is a little slow at times and we both tragically ran out of drinks, but everyone was friendly and accommodating. If you need an escape in Wicker Park, it’s a great place to stop.
We previously visited The Southern during the Fried Chicken Tweet-up.
1840 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622-1310