As of late, I have been spending loads of time checking out a lot of new spots here in Chicago. Amidst many restaurant closings this summer, new restaurants have popped up to replace them. I’v tried new brunch at hot spots like Eight Bar, Nosh and Booze and BDK, but I have been craving a simpler, Southern meal.
My co-editor Allison has recently tried some brunch spots like Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits and Parson’s Chicken and Fish, and after reading her reviews, I have been craving a down home Southern meal; can you blame me? Thankfully, in my neighborhood there is a wonderful little hole-in-the wall Southern restaurant, Feed.
Feed is through and through a homebody spot. It isn’t fancy, but unlike the other chicken, fish and biscuits shops that are becoming increasingly popular around the city, Feed is, was, and always has been, that. This isn’t a restaurant “concept,” it is simple, good food. But, just like its neighboring competitors, this spot is always busy on the weekends for brunch, and sells out of its famous friend chicken fast on specialty nights. There is a reason why Feed has a over 500 reviews and check-ins on on Yelp and is rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Feed is cash only and fast service. The entire restaurant is decorated appropriately, with chicken decor in every nook and cranny. Checkered picnic tables fill the space and the mismatched chairs seem distracting, but it is all part of the fun. There is a walk-up bar for to-go orders. Otherwise you will be greeted by a friendly server who will tell you daily specials and take your order.
Feed doesn’t serve booze, but you can BYOB which is awesome. Chris and I grabbed a bottle of bubbly and walked across the street to this lovely little dive spot.
It should go without saying, but this menu is simple and southern. Eggs, steak, bacon, grits, and biscuits, are to be expected, which had me excited because it made me think of my Grandmother’s cooking when I would go visit her in the South. Who doesn’t love the sound of bacon crackling on the grill?
We ordered coffee and OJ to start. Their coffee is a basic breakfast blend, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Folgers, but it is always piping hot and fresh. The OJ is probably not fresh squeezed either, but it will do for mimosas!
I already knew what I wanted; the fried green tomatoes eggs Benedict. Chris was craving something sweet so he opted for the pancakes. We also decided to start with an order of the housemade biscuits and sausage gravy.
The biscuits and gravy were good. The consistency was perfect, although the flavor was nothing to write home about. I am not a huge gravy person, but in the presence of Southern cooking, I can be. I typically like my gravy with a little more bacon or sausage grease, and a little more salt. It was good, but could have used a little kick.
Our entrees arrives and looked awesome. In typical Alexis fashion, I also ordered a side of grits. They are one of my favorite things about breakfast, and whenever I have brunch or breakfast somewhere that has home-style cooking, I am always disappointed when they do not have grits. If I see grits on a menu, I almost never pass them up.
My fried green tomato eggs Benedict came out beautiful, atop of two pieces of their homemade cornbread. It is a totally unique dish, that had all of the flavor components I love and crave. The cornbread was sweet and crunchy, the eggs were cooked perfectly and the yolks oozed out over the perfectly fried green tomatoes.
The tomatoes themselves also provide a hint of sweetness to the dish. As they are underripe, they also aren’t soggy. I liked the Hollandaise sauce as well. This dish is really fantastic. Bite after bite, you are taken on a unique flavor adventure. It is a simple dish with unique flavors, but there isn’t anything too fancy about it. Served with a side of breakfast potatoes, you are getting exactly what you ask for with this dish and that is just fine by me! My cheesy cheddar grits were great as well; no regrets about ordering those. Soggy, salty, and piping hot, exactly how I remember the grits I ate growing up.
Chris’ pancakes were perfect. Hot off the griddle, they came out golden brown and were light and fluffy. He said he didn’t need to put butter on top, that they were buttery enough already, despite me explaining to him that isn’t the Southern way. Syrup was enough for him to top the pancakes and devour them in say, three big bites.
Feed is a cute, homey spot that is the perfect spot to enjoy brunch if you’re in West Town, Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park or Humboldt Park neighborhoods. I wouldn’t ever recommend anyone travel across town for brunch here, but if you are in the ‘hood, I highly recommend giving this place a try! They have an adorable patio out back as well; perfect for bringing your four-legged friend along, too!
The Bitches Say: B. Feed is not fancy, but if you are looking for some good Southern homestyle cooking then this is your spot. The fried green tomato eggs Benedict is out of this world, and with daily specials using fresh ingredients, you can’t go wrong. They also have a cute patio out back!
2803 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Feed serves weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sunday’s from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.