If you have been avoiding weekend brunch at Southport Grocery because of the long wait times, yeah, sorry, that hasn’t changed. If you make the wise choice to wait it out, however, you will be rewarded with a flavorful, fresh, and hearty house made meal.
A friendly hostess will take your name and phone number and will send you a text message when your table is ready if you want to take a walk down the Southport Corridor to abate the wait. You could also order a coffee and an item from the bakery case, such as a savory muffin or sweet scone, to hold you over until your table is ready. Finally, you can also peruse the artisan offerings in the market that include locally sourced pasta sauces and fruit preserves, Italian dried pastas, pancake mixes, and spices. No doubt you will be starving after inspecting all of the glorious foodstuffs.
Famous for its cupcakes, Southport Grocery makes all of its bakery items onsite and from scratch with real butter, all natural ingredients, and no preservatives. Additionally, many of the ingredients that have been incorporated into the menu items, such as the granola, cinnamon-sugar butter, and artisan cheeses, are sold in the aforementioned market. The bread pudding pancakes, made from real, gooey bread pudding, as well as the grown-up pop tart, made with local fruit preserves, mascarpone and vanilla walnuts, are best sellers. We, however, went the savory route.
The soup is made in house, and if it happens to be spicy carrot and ginger, do not pass it up. Served steaming hot, as it should be, along with a fresh multi-grain roll, it is the cure to a dark, cold, and snowy afternoon. The grilled brie sandwich is truly a grown up version of a grilled cheese, featuring a perfect amount of brie cheese melted on freshly baked focaccia, with spinach and sautéed mushrooms seamlessly accenting the sandwich. It was lighter than and not as greasy as most grilled cheeses that I have had in the past, and it paired perfectly with the soup.
If it is breakfast foods that you are after, the chorizo & eggs, featuring house made chorizo, scrambled eggs, salsa verde, tortilla chips, and queso fresco, is a winner. Vegetarian friends can also safely order this dish sans chorizo. For those with heartier appetites, the brisket & gravy, served atop homemade buttermilk biscuits, with two fried eggs, is the way to go. While the brisket was a bit overdone and chewy on our visit, the gravy and biscuits made up for any missteps.
Standard juices and coffee drinks are all available, in addition to a small selection of cocktails, beer and wine. Service is friendly, quick, and knowledgeable, and the ambiance is intimate and bright. Hopefully you will like your table neighbors as you will be siting very close to them!
Open until 4:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday and until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Southport Grocery offers the same menu all day, just in case you need to satisfy a cupcake pancake craving at the end of the day. I recommend ordering a tasty treat from the bakery case before departing to enjoy later in the day.
Whether you are looking for a sweet treat or a savory sandwich, look to Southport Grocery and Cafe and you will be satisfied.
3552 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60657