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Everything you should eat & drink at Parson's Chicken & Fish

Fried chicken at Parson's Chicken & Fish in Chicago
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When the weather warms up, it's understandable if the mind starts drifting to breasts and thighs, but you should stop staring at tank tops and hightail it to Parson’s Chicken & Fish, the latest project from the Longman & Eagle folks, where you can manhandle a 10-piece bucket of fried chicken seasoned with garlic, morita chiles, cayenne, and smoked paprika, appropriately rounded out with a little coleslaw and Texas toast.

The patio at Parson's Chicken & Fish in Chicago
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There's seating for 215, with a snug diner interior offering a handmade-tile bar, or a sprawling patio sporting 15 whitewashed picnic tables. The patio boasts a bar created from hollowed-out shipping containers, hopefully not the ones that give Dexter-style flashbacks.

An El Camino at Parson's Chicken & Fish in Chicago
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Parked alongside the patio is a custom 1977 Chevrolet El Camino, a fitting companion to their '70s soundtrack deep with Skynyrd, Lee Hazlewood, and ZZ Top.

Oysters at Parsons Chicken & Fish in Chicago
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The menu's divvied into three sections: Fried (cod fritters, ham hock, and cream cheese hush puppies), Fresh (smoked trout salad, chilled Spring onion soup) and Raw, which eschews Eddie Murphy in favor of these oysters with a citrus mignonette.

Fried pollock at Parson's Chicken & Fish
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You can’t have Chicken & Fish without the fish (fine, you also need an ampersand, Captain Semantics), so the fried pollock is in full effect with a tempura beer batter.

Pimento cheese toasts at Parson's Chicken & Fish
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These might be the fanciest pimento cheese toasts you'll find, dressed with charred radishes and pea shoots and elegantly plated on British enamelware.

A clam roll at Parson's Chicken & Fish in Chicago
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Clam rolls come with celery root remoulade, red onion, pickled peppers, and butter lettuce, actually healthier than it sounds.

A Negroni slushy at Parson's Chicken & Fish in Chicago
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Matt Damon bought a zoo. Parson’s bought a frozen drink machine, and clearly made the better choice as evidenced by this Negroni slushy also available in 1 liter carafes (Negroni carafes > Damon giraffes).

The Seasons And cocktail at Parson's Chicken & Fish
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For non-machine cocktails, the Seasons And… is always in season with vodka, raspberry/mint soda, lime juice, and a sprig of mint. The bar’s beer list, meanwhile, includes Hofbrau and Brickstone on tap and a slate of 20 local and import brews, including large format options from Pipeworks.

The Bitter/Sour at Parson's Chicken & Fish
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Not just a solid synopsis of Kris Humphries's thoughts on marriage, the Bitter/Sour mixes bourbon, lemon juice, bitters, and sugar.

Funnel cake at Parson's Chicken & Fish
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For dessert, you won’t have to endure the stares of carnival folk to get this funnel cake covered in honey, powdered sugar, brown butter, and green peppercorn brittle.