Morning After Mary, The Savoy

…And it’s like being in a pirate ship.”

Along with news that they had a bloody mary topped with an oyster, these were the words that sold us on reviewing The Savoy.

Pirate ship isn’t exactly the scene, but The Savoy IS a raw bar meets absinthe bar. And the rich wood and ropes make you feel like you’re near the water. Speaking of, this brunch was practically a Party in the City Where the Heat is On as 3/5 of the group was from Miami.

So, pull up a seat, swim up, whatever. Let’s have a bloody with an oyster shooter.


The Morning After Mary is more than a clever name and a pretty face. Clearly, this wins for garnish alone. Has anyone else had a bloody mary with an oyster garnish? This was news to us. The smoky maple bacon, lemon slice and rosemary sprig didn’t hurt either.

Garnish aside, this is a good tasting bloody. It’s made with Hangar 1 Chipotle (another first), which if it’s the same as its sisters, is derived from grapes. The housemade mix is a combo of spicy tomato juice, sriracha, stout, Worcestershire sauce and other seasonings. It’s spicy and heavy on Worcestershire but not overbearing. Morning After Mary has a little sister, Malicious Mary, that’s good but not as grown up, especially in the garnish dept.


Because we like to drink and our friends do too, there were other cocktails. We’ve never been that into them, but The Savoy’s mimosa turned us into believers. It’s genius, really. It’s a glass of bubbly with a scoop of housemade sorbet. Because it’s not made with juice, the bubbly shines while the fruit flavor plays a supporting role. This particular mimosa was blood orange, and you know how we feel about blood orange.



Remember as a kid when the best part about breakfast was slurping in the milk after you ate your cereal? Well, imagine that deliciousness + booze.

We believe the exact quotes at first sip of cereal milk were:

Shut. Up.

More like, ‘Pebbles and Damn Damn!


Let’s talk about another kind of dayyyummm right now. The food. First, if you’re going with a group, split the lobster mac ‘n cheese. Or eat it yourself, whatever. The crab cake benedict was ridiculous, especially topped with a roasted tomato hollandaise. Both of us Marys got the saffron shrimp, normally served over polenta but came atop black rice. No complaints. And last but least: banana bread french toast, a delicious combo of sweet and savory with Sailor Jerry flambe bananas. Anything on the menu will probably have you saying, “Dayum.”

Amazing bloody, cocktails and food. There’s really no excuse for you to not be at The Savoy for brunch. Get over there.

Morning After Mary:  Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste:        4

Spicy:      4

Treats:       5

Creativity: 5

Overall:      4.5

Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
The Savoy
* Overall
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Town
* Street Address
1408 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
* Phone
(773) 698-6925
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3 thoughts on “Morning After Mary, The Savoy

  1. Jennie says:

    Those cocktails look delicious! I love the sorbet take on the mimosa, and I have to try Pebbles ♥ Bam Bam.

  2. […] The Savoy’s Morning After Mary blew our minds and our rating scale. The bloody tasted amazing, and it’s not everyday one comes garnished with an oyster. The only reason  this one didn’t make the top 3 is that it fell victim to obsession and subsequent visits were inconsistent with that first glorious one. […]

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