MostBest Chicago | Southern Restaurants

It could take you hours to decide which Southern restaurants are truly the best. Don’t waste your time—MostBest knows the Top 3.

While Chicago may be way up North, there are a few places that do good old-fashioned, down-home Southern food justice.


via Flickr user Laurie Chipps

via Flickr user Laurie Chipps

Feed dishes out Southern food with no frills and tons of flavor. This little joint is full of flair, from the Route 66 signs to the tablecloths. With three sides at about $6, you can really go crazy here.

For a soul food experience with tons of flavor, traditional Southern charm, and prices that won’t break the bank, Feed is your number one choice.

We Love Their: Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

2803 W Chicago Ave
(773) 489-4600



via Flickr user Heather Sperling

via Flickr user Heather Sperling

One of Chicago’s best kept secrets is Big Jones. This spot specializes in Southern heirloom cooking, bringing sustainability and heirloom crops and livestock to the history of Southern cuisine. The restaurant also offers a full bar and the staff always extends the warmest Southern hospitality.

You’re sure to be impressed and feel satisfied after a meal at Big Jones.

We Love Their: Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp and Grits

5347 N Clark St
(773) 275-5725



While Chicago may be way up above the Mason-Dixon Line, Carriage House has a handle on what they call “low country” fare, and it’s darn delectable! We’re talking about Southern food here, so you don’t want to pass up the Catfish Fry with green tomato remoulade, slaw, and toast.

Throw in a few of the fixins’ and you’ve got a meal you’ll find nowhere else this far north. You’re sure to love Carriage House.

We Love Their: Catfish Fry, Low Country Boil, Cornbread

1700 W Division St
(773) 384-9700