Bloody Norseman, 2 Sparrows

It’s been a while since we posted. Ohhhh, life. We won’t get too into the weeds, but let’s just say that we both could use a serious drink. Or three.

Which, luckily, is our main reason for this post. We’ve been wanting to try 2 Sparrows for over a year. We’ve heard rave reviews for their bloody mary, errr Norseman. One friend even calls it her favorite. We decided it would be the perfect locale for a mini-reunion with a favorite gal pal.

Well, what’s the deal with the Bloody Norseman? It’s made with North Shore Aquavit. What’s that, you ask? We had to wiki. Come to find out, aquavit is a Scandinavian spirit flavored with spices like caraway, cardamom, cumin and anise. We had a ridiculously hard time identifying flavors in the housemade bloody mix. Upon investigation, we learned, in addition to tomato juice, it includes cilantro, celery, onion, Worcestershire sauce, Frank’s Red Hot and lime.


We were split on this one. To be honest, neither of us loved it. We’ll remain nameless, but one of us actually blurted out “it tastes like soup,” and found it hard to drink. The other half of the duo found it unique in flavor and gave it points for audacity, but still wasn’t a huge fan. The one thing we agreed upon: the beefy jerky was delicious.

As was the brunch. We about died when we tried this adult version of a Pop-Tart. Amazing. It had a flaky, slightly sugary crust with a blackberry and orange filling. Pinky swear you’ll get this as a starter or side.


The mains proved to be an audacious and successful mix of flavors. A little sweet with savory. Tangy with the mild. The star of the show was the chile relleno. So many tasty things happening here. The spice of the pepper was balanced by the cream cheese and sweetness of the dried cranberries and almonds and then topped with chipotle spice again. We wouldn’t have guessed this dish would work but it sure did.




Bloody Norseman: Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste: 2

Spice: 2.5

Treats: 3.5

Creativity: 3

Overall: 2.75

Have you been to 2 Sparrows? What were your thoughts on the Bloody Norseman and brunch?

Restaurant Information

* Restaurant Name
2 Sparrows
* Overall
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Lincoln Park
* Street Address
553 West Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
* Phone
(773) 234-2320
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2 thoughts on “Bloody Norseman, 2 Sparrows

  1. Shannon says:

    All of this food looks so good! Must add it to my list for my next trip down. Great read!

    • bloodybest says:

      The food was really good! We’d be interested to hear your expert thoughts on this one. It’s really different. We have loads of bloody recos when you do visit!

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