Bloody Mary, Trenchermen

Hello, fellow bloody mary fans! We hope everyone’s summer is off to a stellar start.

We’ve taken a hiatus from the blog as we’ve been busy working and galavanting to weddings and South America. But because we haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean we haven’t been brunching!

A little while back, we ventured to Trenchermen, which has generated buzz since it opened a few months ago. It’s located at North and Damen in the space that was formerly occupied by Spring.

Because we’re in the business of beverages at Bloody Best, let’s start there. First off, get the coffee. It’s Stumpdown and it’s brewed by the pour over method. Do that.

Next, get yourself a bloody mary. It’s a solid one. The jury is still out as to what exactly pok pok is, but we heard it’s fish sauce (can anyone confirm or deny?). If that’s the case, it’s no surprise there’s a slightly savory calm to the spicy sriracha. And everything is better with sriracha.


Honestly, we may have been more impressed by the Better than Advil. It’s like nothing we’ve sipped before—floral and refreshing, thanks to cucumber and another mystery ingredient, jardinere. According to our friend Wikipedia, jardinere is a dish “that is cooked or served with a mixture of spring vegetables, such as peas, carrots, and green beans.” Whatever it is, we likey.


Fun fact: Trenchermen actually means “a hearty eater.”  The brunch menu is certainly hearty fare built for a hearty eater.




The standout was grits, which we ordered for the table to share. It was savory with a citrusy finish and a perfectly softly poached egg. We also ordered the croque madame, which unfortunately ran out. It was replaced by a duck pastrami with homemade giardinara and topped with a fried farm egg.

Given the creative brunch libations, we’re intrigued by the other cocktails on the menu. Has anyone imbibed or dined at the Trenchermen? Holla at your girls.

Trenchermen Bloody Mary:  Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste:       3.5

Spicy:   3

Treats:   3.5

Creativity: 3

Overall:      3.25

Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
* Overall
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Town
* Street Address
2039 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
* Phone
(773) 661-1540
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