This is officially the most fashionable Bloody Best brunch.
We met these fabulously stylish ladies at the Nellcôte Oscars party a few weeks ago. It was immediate blogger girl crush. And once Monica confessed she hadn’t found a bloody mary she liked (record scratch), we insisted on remedying this immediately.
New friends made and blog addresses exchanged, we decided fashion brunch would take place at The Southern in Wicker Park.
Chances are, you’ve visited The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck. But if you haven’t tried the brick and mortar, think bourbon and comfort food. Paired with a My Morning Jacket-laced soundtrack, your narrator with “Kentuckiana” roots felt right at home.
You guessed it—the bloody marys have a Southern flair too. For scientific reasons, we tried all four on the menu. Our favorite? Bacon Bourbon bloody mary.
It’s smoky and smooth with bacon subtleties. We liked this bloody because it’s different from any we’ve tried before, made with bacon-infused bourbon. Sure, bacon is trendy but this is no gimmick. TOO LEGIT TO QUIT. We’re in awe the bacon stayed crispy the whole time.
Karrin, an avid bourbon and bloody mary fan wished it had a bit more spice.
I liked it, but I wish there was more than a smoky flavor.
And it could have been her “Kim K. vest,” but the Kentucky Cucumber Bloody Mary with Effen Cucumber wooed Monica to the bloody mary side.
It’s awesome. I like how light and crisp it is. It’s not too cucumbery. Refreshing.
The House Bloody Mary was pretty solid as well. The one that ranked least for us was the Rajun Cajun Bloody Mary. We were expecting some heat with a name like that and Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper. But SoCo will be SoCo.
SoCo Fiery Pepper has the sweetness of its big sister, and there just wasn’t enough spice in this bloody to cut it. We added Tabasco to make it go down smoother.
Being girls, we sampled from each other’s plates. Fried chicken and catfish aren’t things you’d normally find on a brunch menu. Believe us, it more than works. The fried chicken tastes as good as your Grandma’s: juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside. Karrin said it: “This is the best effing chicken.” And there aren’t enough delicious words in the dictionary for the perfectly blackened catfish and cheesy grits. Swimming in a spicy sauce and accented with the housemade hot pepper vinegar, it’s savory and divine.
Savory seems to be the theme of the brunch. The French Quarter French Toast is a choregraphed dance between savory and sweet. Crunchy and delicious with fresh banana, caramel and pistachios. The Charleston Benedict was also incredible, but we are gluttons for a good benedict. The eggs were perfectly poached and the dijon mustard was an interesting spin on hollandaise.
Good looking food and bloodies. Ridiculously good looking brunch dates. We’d say fashion brunch was a bloody success. And also? Get thee to The Southern for brunch immediately.
Bacon Bourbon Bloody Mary: Our rating (scale of 1–5)
Rajun Cajun Bloody Mary: Our rating (scale of 1–5)