The Texan, Central Standard

Everything is bigger in Texas. But of course, this is Chicago.

Admittedly, we weren’t itching to try The Texan at Central Standard. Out of principle. It seems too many places are creating crazy concoctions and garnishes when, for us, all it takes is a simple, natural tasting bloody to hit the mark. Alas, our curiosity got the best of us.


We were pleasantly surprised. The bloody was really well seasoned. Briny, smoky and just the right amount of spice. And the taste was super FRESH. Whatever Central Standard is doing, they’re doing it and doing it well. (see what we did there?)


Check that garnish. Let us sum it up for you: Bison slider. Could it have been warmer? Yes. But the cheddar and BBQ combo won us over. See also: grilled shrimp, asparagus, and a skewer of cheese and charcuterie.

Is it worth $18? Maybe. If you consider $10 is the going rate for a bloody and you get an appetizer and a Miller High Life pony with this one. We were just as happy with The Higher Standard (below) which is the same, minus the slider, shrimp and High Life.


One of us ordered the Skinny Benny. It was good but probably too skinny. The homemade hot sauce and home fries were legit but the rest of the dish didn’t taste cohesive.


On the other hand, Chicks in a Blanket more than made up for it in both calories and taste. Who knew that chicken tenders and pancakes could have a much tastier texture than chicken and waffles? Plus, the side of fruit makes you feel skinny again. Win all around.


It’s been a bit of a hiatus, but we’re glad to be back. After all, it’s the holidays, prime eating and imbibing season. Cheers.

The Texan, Central Standard: Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste: 4

Spice: 3.5

Treats: 4

Creativity: 3.5

Overall: 3.75

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7 thoughts on “The Texan, Central Standard

  1. What is up with gigantic garnishes? I used to think the Twisted Spoke Bloody had an enormous garnish. Alas, not anymore. Personally, I agree: let’s focus on the cocktail, folks. Just sayin’.

    • bloodybest says:

      Seriously! There are bloodies with hot dogs, pizza and sliders now. Not to mention that insanely large one you tried at Sunda! We know every spot is trying to put their signature on the bloody mary, but they should focus on the drink first.

  2. Katie says:

    Wow! Glad you’re experience was better than mine or perhaps Central Standard learned from their mistakes. I went in with a couple friends for the Texan and brunch when it was first added to the menu and it was one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had. The waitress was terrible – inattentive and even a bit on the rude side. The food was so bland we had to send it back, and the bloody mary was the worst. They totally missed on the garnish. The sliders were cold for us, too, and they sat it right on top of the drink instead of raising it up so the bun was all soggy. All-in-all it was a very disappointing experience… So much so that I would never return.

  3. Lauren says:

    Now THAT is some garnish!! Love it!

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