Chicago >Food & Dining > Koda
10352 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064341.704826 -87.681686
Neighborhoods: Beverly, Far southwest Side
Impressive for the SouthSide! – Great place for fine dining on the SouthSide. Nice wine selection, eclectic food choices, and superior service.
It's expecially nice for lunch. Between the sunshine, food, and peaceful surroundings, it calls for a pleasurable afternoon getaway.
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Great Addition to the Neighborhood – Tasteful atmosphere and fabulous selection. The food is tasty and plentiful. The wine is a bit pricey, but the selection is ample. Parking is easy and in a very good neighborhood, much better and safer than I've experienced on the Northside.
Hearty bistro dining and upscale decor bring French flavors with an American twist to Beverly. – The Scene
Just inside the entrance, a sleek, glowing bar enclosed within floor-to-ceiling glass walls opens to a more traditional dining room with gold accents and small orange and red oval ceiling lamps. Large solid tables sit squarely on a broad slate floor, all hidden from the streetscape by light red curtains. The crowd is a well-dressed, all-ages mix from the neighborhood.
Bistro fare is rarely this filling, with generous portions and big meat and fish plates. The continental influence is apparent in dishes like the tarte flambee, an oval shaped, lightly charred thin crust pizza, and the escargots bourguignon, cooked in a green garlic butter. Sweet and spicy short ribs fall off the bone, while a crust of parsley, mint, chervil, basil and rosemary adds earthy flavors to the rack of lamb. The shortcake cookie--big enough for three--is buried under fresh berries, whipped cream and berry vodka sauce.
Excellent South Side Fare – Restaurants like Koda are sorely needed on the south and southwest side of the city and suburbs.
The French descriptor is loose and admitted to by the ownership. More like New American.
Many of the patrons seemed to prefer the daily specials, but my perception was an earlybird offering in disguise - you know smaller portions at lower prices.
Ordered off the menu: scallop appetizer ( excellent ), brie/pear pizza ( slightly bland and overportioned ), lamb and short rib entrees ( both of these could have come from smaller animals ), wasabi mashed potatoes ( overflavored ), chocolate cake dessert ( excellent ).
Wine- Mt. St. Helena ( Not to be cofused with the volcano ) cabernet ($48 excellent)
Improvements needed - waitstaff need more training especially with the wine line list, could be a little darker in the dining room, no reservations?, and parking is extremely limited on the premises ( 12 spaces? ). Of course, there is street parking but remember this is still the south side of Chicago.
I am very impressed with how the Daleys ( owners ) know what their customers like. Patrons seemed very happy.
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