Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe

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Chuck's Southern Comforts CafeChuck's Southern Comforts Cafe

Type: Bar, Eatery

6501 W 79th St
Burbank, Illinois, 60459-1137
United States

(708) 229-8700 | map

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Added by wilyrascal on 08-04-2010

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by wschmit:
Photo of wschmit
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Come for the food; stay for the beer. Chuck's revamped its selection with its move further west on 79th Street. Before, it had a dozen well-chosen bottles; now, around a hundred are available, and a couple good things on tap. I had two pints of Hopslam on my last visit, alongside cochinita pibil.

Chuck Pine dishes out large portions of authentic foods in three primary traditions: Southern/BBQ, Cajun/Creole, and Mexican. He worked under esteemed chef Rick Bayless, so if you see a Mexican special, order it--it will be good. The BBQ is fine, but not as smoky and too doused in sauce to appeal to many BBQ purists. I tend to focus on other areas of the menu, though.

The beer list is a bit overwhelming--categorized by style (although some styles have only one choice). Still, it has a good representation of American micros and some thoughtful choices of foreign brews.

Service is straightforward, in a pleasantly South Side manner, as is the atmosphere--laid back and blue collar. Prices are good, people are nice, and the establishment top notch. Love Chuck's dearly.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GrumpyGas
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

More pulls since opening; 12, more bottles; 120, and great deals for glassware giveaways, brewery meet and greets, and the 120 club. (There is a member who has surpassed 6 trips through the 120 beers! That is dedication and focus.)
The food is great and the employees are knowledgeable and energetic.

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Photo of Bearshawks85
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of HabaJohn
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of swfan1963
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of timmx
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The Voodoo Lounge is the bar connected to Chuck's restaurant.

The real reason to come to Chuck's is the food. As others have said, Chuck worked with Rick Bayless for a number of years and still caters some events for Bayless so any Mexican specials will be excellent.

In my opinion, the BBQ suffered a bit when Chuck's moved to the new location but lately has definitely gotten back up to speed and is pretty consistently delicious. You can order the sauce on the side if you're a purist.

Both the Voodoo Lounge and Chucks offer the same beer options. Last year they debuted their 100 beer list and while I'd prefer a smaller and better curated list, there are plenty of good options to be found.

Lately, the service of the beer has improved too. Ehile everything used to come in a frosted glass now they choose appropriate glassware and have a rotating selection on tap which has included Oberon and Sublimely Self-Righteous to name a few.

Overall, Chuck's may not be a full-on beer destination yet but its definitely a great food destination with some excellent beers for a BA.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice find on the south side. Never had been to Chuck's, but i've been regaled with tales of his alchemic ways with cajun, mexican, and BBQ. Hope to return and eat at the restaurant someday soon.

Stopped in at the Voodoo Lounge section of the establishment, double doors on the left side of the building. Decor was your average sports bar, but clean, with some hand-painted cajun-themed signs and macro BMC banners everywhere. Rectangular island bar in the center of things, with a glazed concrete counter top.

Service was quick and friendly at the bar. Bottle selection was great for the area, and was diverse style wise. Plenty of solid local options like Alpha King, Bourbon County, Two Hearted and more. Noticed the range of three St. Bernardus in the cooler, and a number of quality Belgians on the bottle menu. Plenty of macros too, and the crowd seemed to be geared that way. Tap selection was average to below average with no craft on tap besides Abita.

I'll definitely return for the food, which I hear is amazing.

Not a huge craft beer oasis, but a worthy detour from Midway or points south for sure.

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Photo of wilyrascal
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is great! The beer bar the Southwest suburbs of Chicago has been longing for. They have over 100 different bottled beers (only five taps).

While I prefer lager type beers, I've made an effort to expand my palate. On my most recent adventure to the VooDoo Lounge I sampled Three Floyds Alpha King, New Holland Dragon's Milk, and Abita Purple Haze (on tap). I plan on trying a few more ales next visit.

The food is outstanding. The lounge is attached to restaurant (Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe) and serves BBQ, Mexican, and Cajun food. Killer brisket sandwich. Made my own creation of grilled chicken and bruschetta.

The lounge is roomy and has a New Orleans theme. The rectangular bar fills nearly half the lounge There are at least seven flat screens to watch Bears, Blackhawks, and White Sox games.

Overall, I beleive one would be hard-pressed to find a place on the Southwest side that has a better bottled beer selection and such great food.

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Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe in Burbank, IL
4.18 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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