Bloody Mary, Carriage House

Patio weather makes us blissfully lose our minds in this city.

When it debuts around April or May, our love of sipping beer outdoors makes us ignore the risk of frostbite. And when it’s 90 degrees and 90% humidity, we equate sweating and swampiness as par for the course.

Well, we indeed lost our minds when presented the opportunity to brunch al fresco at Carriage House a few weeks ago. Who could blame us? This place’s outdoor space is  gorgeous with a touch of rustic and chock full of Southern hospitality.


We arrived fairly early, so we snagged a table outdoors IN THE SHADE. Warm with a slight breeze. Dreams do come true.

Now the drink of the hour, the bloody mary. While it didn’t inspire a frenzy of “oohs” and “ahhs,” it hit the spot. Slightly spicy and pickly on the palate. It’s the kind of bloody you could drink over and over. The only fault we could find is its Miller High Life pony doesn’t come standard. It was a $2 add on. What’s up with that? What’s up with that? You don’t pay for the beer back at most joints. Alas, not a deal breaker.

Bonus points for serving French Press coffee though. Hashtag delicious.


The brunch menu reminded us of Grandma’s cooking. If your Grandma had been a chef and/or had the wits to add ingredients like truffles, tarragon and gouda to her southern favorites. The menu was on the heavy side. But damn, everything sounded good.

After debating between several dishes, we chose the chicken & biscuit and the aptly named mushrooms.



The chicken & biscuit is a carbalicious dish your Grandma would indeed fix you and then make you clean your plate. The biscuit was homemade perfection, but the dish as a whole felt heavy, especially when the shade vanished and the sun took its place. Biscuit sweats. They exist.

Now, the mushrooms. The mushrooms. Combined with the chicory, savory grits, nameless cheese and truffle vinaigrette, it had a delightfully nutty and light flavor. Or perhaps we are suckers for anything involving grits.

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

Taste:       3.5

Spicy:   3

Treats:  3

Creativity: 3

Overall:      3.125

When you brunch at Carriage House, do try to do so outdoors. But be careful not to lose your mind.

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Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
Carriage House
* Overall
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Town
* Street Address
1700 West Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622
* Phone
(773) 384-9700
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One thought on “Bloody Mary, Carriage House

  1. Lilly Sue says:

    Looks like a great brunch spot!

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