Parson’s gears up for winter with special brunch menu

Barista Katie Jean of Parson’s. Photo by Alex V. Hernandez | EXTRA

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the American Midwest experiences an early winter blast that saw snow dusted across some states, Parson’s Chicken and Fish has begun its preparations for the season.

“It’s hard for a restaurant to go from sitting over 100 people in the summer to about 40 people in the winter,” said Michael P. Trow, Parson’s general manager referring to their patios closing for winter.

According to Trow, the restaurant wants to get the word out that Parson’s is not just a patio place. To do this, in mid-October Parson’s began serving their winter brunch menu. It is a specialty-designed menu that is served seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in addition to their regular menu.

Parson’s brunch features an assortment of traditional items with a twist that includes some alcoholic beverages. Some drinks like the Bloody Maria, a tomatillo-based Bloody Mary prepared with mezcal, pay homage to the neighborhood’s Hispanic residents.

Parson’s has only been open since May 2013 but the little restaurant that straddles Humboldt Park and Logan Square has found its niche, said Trow.

The restaurant’s main menu features a selection of fried or grilled Amish chickens with house made sides and salads from local purveyors.

Using the fresh ingredients, the restaurant gives patrons a selection of sauces (Try the Carrot Habanero Sauce, just cause it sounds boring, doesn’t mean it’s not hot.) to add to their meal as they tear moist chicken from its bones.

As part of the winter season, the restaurant is considering transforming their back patio into an ice skating rink. However, the rink is in its early planning stages and may not come to fruition because of liabilities and city ordinances, said Trow.

“It’s kind of a pipe dream right now,” said Trow. “You can’t have people out there skating with slushy negronis, no way.”

Parson’s is located at 2952 W Armitage Ave. and serves food to frigid Chicagoans from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

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