Once you walk into Pearl’s Southern Comfort , you leave the commercial stores and streets of Chicago. You enter to smell the odors of a kitchen nestled deep in Southern tradition. The wooden ceilings and homestyle stylings beckon diners to a dining experience not to be forgotten. It truly stands out in an area most known for its Asian cuisine and is a welcome bistro to Edgewater.
Not knowing what to expect, we were bombarded with the best of service and smiles. Since it was a summer evening, cocktails were welcome before dinner. Obviously the winner was the ‘traditional” Hurricane with its fruity taste and mixture of rums and pomagranates . It definitely had me with its sweet taste. I am not a big fan of whiskey drinks, so the Orange Blossom Special just didn’t do it for me. Maybe back when I was into my Mad Man obsession and ordering old fashioned, but not tonight. The best thing to dive into following cocktails was the sampling of small plates. Between the choices we made and those presented to us, everything was a winner. I was happy that none of the food was too spicy , but still maintained its flavor . The crawfish cheesecake was an absolute delight with the tasty creole mustard sauce . What made it special was its cheesy flavor mixed with the fish. The Bayou Boudin balls were another thing that made us smile. The remoulade was quite tasty as well. But the over all winner for the small plates was the smoked pork poutine. We have become afficionados of poutine thanks to Jen’s obsession of all things Canadian. This had the prequisite cheese curds and gravy , but what made it something to write home about was the use of pork rinds rather than the traditional french fries. The rinds could be used to scoop up the poutine. Bravo for creativity! Continuing the trip to New Orleans, you can’t talk Southern food without talkin barbecue and Pearl’s makes you want to smack your lips. The best way to sample the BBQ is with the Barnyard Combo . It s a little taste of each of the meats , including ribs and chicken, as well as the pulled pork shoulder.Team up that combo with the four cheese mac and the word of the day is cheesy. Jen is the cheese expert and she gives her ok with saying that it is the best she has tried . The mac and cheese just seeps with strings of cheese and that is what makes award winning mac and cheese. Their jambalaya beckons a return to the Big Easy with its tomatoey sauce and just enough spice to make the meal exciting, but won’t kill your mouth. The jambalaya also had the right amount of shrimp in it. Definitely will return to eat again.
After this kind of meal, you can’t even imagine the kind of desserts to try . Jen and I were split on our favorite. Jen fell in love with the banana bread pudding with the whiskey glaze. It was sweet enough and had that banana taste we love. My love of all things chocolate wins out again with the Nutter Butter Pie. The peanut butter taste was dynamite with its Oreo cookie crust. It was pure heaven.
You will be happy to know that you can also get these tasty treats for brunch as well. Pearl’s also has one of the best rooftops in Edgewater . Unfortunately, the rooftop is only opened Tuesday through Saturday . But if you are cravin some of that good ole cookin, then make your way to Pearl’s. You won’t regret it. Pearl’s is located in the Edgewater neighborhood right down from the Red Line Berwyn stop.
Sweet , fruity and yummy is one of Pearl’s faves and now mine – The Hurricane
Spicy and filled with that Creole flavor- Jambalaya
Tangy sauce with the bayou boudin balls