Southport Grocery and Cafe

June 1, 2009 at 8:30 pm 1 comment

Southport Grocery and Cafe

Southport Grocery and Cafe

We recently started a list of restaurants we want to be sure and visit before leaving Chicago (although we don’t technically know when or if we will be leaving). Southport Grocery and Cafe is the first one we can mark off our list! And I am sure we will be back again for their delicious breakfast and lunch dishes.

This past Sunday after church, we gave into our desire to eat out – the weather was beautiful and everyone else was out and about enjoying themselves on this beautiful spring day. We headed to Southport, where we were lucky to find a parking spot despite the nearby Cubs game. Once at the restaurant, we only had to wait a few minutes to be seated on a busy Sunday afternoon. The interior was quaint, with half of the space devoted to grocery items (many featured in the cafe’s dishes) and the other half being diner-style seating for the cafe. The menu was full of tempting breakfast and lunch items and we ended up getting one of each – both of which featured the Cafe’s smoked brisket.

Brisket & Gravy

Brisket & Gravy

Scott settled on the Brisket and Gravy, which included homemade buttermilk biscuits topped with fried eggs and smothered in brisket gravy. The gravy had nice sizable chucks of smoked brisket with a smokiness that really enhanced the flavor of this gravy.  Being a regular biscuits and gravy eater, Scott was even a bit shocked at how good the gravy was.   Southport’s brisket gravy is definitely top of the gravy chart right underneath Bobby Flay’s take on Kentucky Hot Brown at Bar Americain in Manhattan. The only downside of this dish was that the biscuits could have been larger to help sop up the rest of the gravy.

Scott eating his Brisket & Gravy

Scott's action shot - eating his Brisket & Gravy

Lauren chose Southport’s Cuban Sandwich, which had smoked brisket, ham, cheese, greens, and homemade pickles on challah with fresh Dijonnaise on the side. The sandwich was served with a hefty portion of red potato mash.  The warm tender meats with the gooey melted cheese was met perfectly with the right amount of crunch from the fresh pickles and greens.  This was a nice hefty two-handed sandwich, which Scott helped to finish off.

Cuban Sandwich with Potato Mash

Cuban Sandwich with Potato Mash

Lauren's hand and sandwich headed for her mouth

Lauren's hand and sandwich headed for her mouth

There was also a great selection of beverages at Southport. While Scott had his standard cup-of-joe, Lauren continued to expand her Root Beer repertoire by trying out Gale’s Root Beer, which had a nice complex flavor with the added ginger and cinnamon.

Bottle of Gales's Root Beer

Bottle of Gales's Root Beer

Overall this cafe is nice a and quaint and impressed us with its above average brunch fare for a reasonable price.  We both cannot wait to give Southport Grocery and Cafe a second try as there are so many tasty looking sandwiches and breakfast items. Perhaps will get something from the bakery and see how good their cappuccino’s are.


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  • 1. Biscuits « Balmoral Bites  |  March 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    […] facto standard for comparison of breakfast diners, as you may have noticed in our previous posts on Southport Cafe & Bakery and Frank’s Diner.  In fact, my best friend and I used to meet once a week at our local […]


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