Living in Chicago has introduced Brandy to the pleasures of hot dogs with salad on them and pizza that is more like lasagna, but there is also a more interesting trend in the Midwest culinary world: Southern food for brunch. "So odd that there seems to be no breakfast traditions in this part of the country," Brandy has wondered, "I suppose that's why they've had to import cuisine from the South to spice things up." Having now dined at several Southern themed destinations in the past, Brandy has acquired a liking for the food from that particular region, so it was no wonder that she once again found herself craving that particular mix of bold flavors, heat, and good old fashioned hospitality that the South is famous for. She decided on one of the more popular and well known Southern destinations in Chicago, Wishbone Northside.
The inside of Wishbone was just as bright and happy as the exterior, with a wide open dining space containing a variety of sitting options. Brandy couldn't help by smile at the vibrant colors of the walls and the offbeat art work, which mostly consisted of abstract chickens and heads of lettuce. Brandy was taken to a booth straight away and ordered up some iced tea ("What? No sweet tea?" Brandy half joked), as to enhance her Southern dining experience.
Though the service was nice enough and the food was decently priced (Brandy's total came out to about $25 even after tax and tip), there was just something lacking about Wishbone that really saddened Brandy. "Its an odd thing to say, but I felt like I dined at a restaurant today," Brandy explained, "Some places make you feel as though a friend or family member was cooking for you. Others make you feel like a royal dignitary More pub like venues have a sense of community and joy. But this... just felt lukewarm and commercial... That is just not how Southern food should feel."
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