The Bronzeville neighborhood is buzzing with the arrival of a new restaurant, unlike anything in the neighborhood. It’s a place for good wine, creative cocktails and a menu with something for everyone.
It’s no surprise that neighbors have embraced it, says Steve Dolinsky of NBC 5.
While the excellent Honey One has its street ribs, tips, and ties, South Cottage Grove now has an option for wine lovers, foodies and most importantly, a place for the community to gather and celebrate.
Are the cocktails colorful and creative? Perhaps it’s a bowl of well-chopped French fries that adorn nearly every table.
“We really wanted to make sure there was a nice row of black businesses located on Cottage Grove Street,” co-owner Cecilia Cove said.
So for every Wagyu beef burger with Comte cheese, onion and black truffle aioli, there’s also a vegetarian counterpoint, like Brussels sprouts fried in a sesame glaze, crowned with strands of chili. It is a perennial dilemma for owners.
“How come we have a mostly vegetarian menu that doesn’t look like a vegan menu or isn’t an afterthought?” Cuff said.
That’s why you’ll see a thick watermelon slice on the menu. A piece of fruit is forcefully roasted, sautéed with fresh garlic and thyme, as well as mushrooms, then served over vegan feta cheese with a bit of Romesco sauce, surrounded by a honey vinaigrette.
Salmon is also sautéed with garlic and thyme, but these ura king fillets are topped with smoked salmon slaw and earthen trumpet mushrooms. The Japanese twist comes from the crisp bonito chips made from smoked and dried tuna, as well as the table-side dish of dashi.
There is also a wine club, although you can only order a glass of something unique from their thoughtful and pressed menu.
“We really wanted to be able to celebrate a different kind of wine experience,” Cuff said. “Being able to get people to pay a little bit beyond their limits. We have a great hedge that allows you to get a $200 bottle of wine but just try a glass.”
Here is where you can go:
4420 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
“I wanted to make sure that the goers of this neighborhood were able to have an experience that you would have in the West Loop or Michigan Avenue or anywhere in the world where you can dress up and meet and party and really be able to use the opportunity to eat something delicious, maybe something you’ve never tried before “.