Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Southern

Location: 1840 W North
Cost: About $30 per person

My birthday was at the beginning of the month, and some plans were in order. The big celebration barbecue was scheduled for the day after my birthday which left a gaping hole in my schedule for dinner the night of. I'd had my eye on the family style fried chicken dinner at the Southern, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Along with a good crew of close friends, I was ready to dive right in.

The Southern more or less looks like one of the many bars that lines the strip on North avenue as you approach Six Corners from the east. They've got a spacious patio and a variety of seating options indoors. The nine of us squeezed into one of the larger booths available. We had a reservation which was pretty essential. The place was packed on a Friday night, and the wait seemed to really pile up for some unfortunate last minute diners.

Our waiter was friendly and quick with our drink orders. In order to get the family style meal, we had to call a few days in advance. It worked out to about $20 per person before tax and tip. Plus, it was really an excessive amount of food.

The Food
In addition to what was included in our meal, we got some Mac n' Cheese since they're known for it. The sauce was thick and creamy with a good proportion of bread crumbs. To wash it down, the majority of us ordered the Maple Bacon Manhattan. The bacon infused Jim Beam and the sweet maple syrup were well blended. Plus they had a crispy piece of bacon in each glass for stirring/eating.

The Maple Bacon Manhattan

 The Mac n' Cheese

As far as the family style meal, it included Biscuits, Gravy, Collard Greens, Cheesy Grits, Mashed Potatoes, and of course, Fried Chicken. The biscuits were giant, light, and very buttery. They also came with special butter and honey to top them off. The gravy was thick and salty. It pretty much went well with everything. I've never been a big fan of greens, and I thought these were the weakest part of the meal. They were overly spicy and a bit soggy. The grits and the potatoes were both fantastic. The potatoes were chunky with bits of the skin strewn throughout. Finally, the fried chicken was really something else. It reminded me of a slightly better version of the chicken at Joe's. The breading was thick, dark, and well seasoned with a kick. The meat was juicy and consistently properly cooked. I think they cooked a good three chickens for the nine of us.

The Biscuits

The Mashed Potatoes

The Collard Greens

The Cheesy Grits

 The Fried Chicken

The family style fried chicken dinner at The Southern was a wonderful experience. Grab a group of close friends and get over there soon. If you like fried chicken, you'll love what they're serving up here. The sides are almost just as impressive. I'm giving them 4.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. I'm so pissed about this. Why would go there when you knew I was busy!!!

  2. Just found your site! Love it. We'll be in Chicago July 13-14. Maybe we'll get to a couple of your favorites.

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