Photos by Clayton Hauck for Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Parson’s Chicken & Fish is an updated spin on a classic; harking back to the chicken and fish eateries customarily found in places like the West Side of Chicago, where food was fast, filling and affordable. Parson’s Chicken & Fish’s ethos is based on quick and affordable food that is made from quality ingredients sourced from local providers.
The cool, slick modern interior of Parson’s Chicken & Fish is reminiscent of a diner but with a contemporary, minimalist edge. Big, bright windows make this a great place for brunch or lunch; even on the greyest Chicago day, the vivid space will brighten your day. Not that all days are grey, but you know what we mean…
The menu at Parson’s Chicken & Fish is divided into Fresh and Fried, which is very helpful in convincing yourself that the ‘fresh’ counteracts the ‘fried’. At the heart of the menu is chicken and fish, simple. But there is so much more.
The signature Amish chicken comes fried and grilled; if you can’t decide, order both, you won’t be sorry. Fish is a fried affair, delicious and delicate. Oysters and crudo are also staples so there are raw options as well. Both the fried and the fresh menus are complete with delectable offerings, including Hush Puppies that melt in your mouth and crisp salads, to enhance your chicken or fish selection.
The menu can also take you in a whole new direction with the renowned Vegetable Club, alluring to vegetarians and carnivores alike. Quality ingredients provide the upscale spin on the classic offerings. For dessert, you can indulge in a slice of Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits pie. Located just around the corner, the collaboration with Bang Bang Pies & Biscuits reinforces Parson’s Chicken & Fish’s dedication to keeping things local.
The food at Parson’s Chicken & Fish is a knock out, but the drink options are equally appealing. Home to the The Original Negroni Slushy, the bar serves up distinct cocktails, a range of beers and classic quality libations, as well as a bespoke locally roasted Bow Truss Coffee Roasters Chooglin’ Blend Coffee.
Parson’s Chicken & Fish takes great advantage of their location – with a large lot, summer time sees picnic tables and an outdoor bar serving up the vibes of relaxed sun filled afternoons easily progressing to evenings under the stars. In the winter the summer oasis becomes a skating rink, with skaters fueled by boozy hot drinks.