The Cottage On Dixie Opens This Weekend

Despite several setbacks, the long-anticipated Homewood restaurant is officially opening its doors to the public this Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Cottage On Dixie owners Glenna and Dudley Elvery were kind enough to invite Patch over Monday night to get a sneak preview of the Southland’s newest fine dining experience. It certainly lived up to the hype. 

The restaurant is scheduled to open to the public for the first time on Saturday, Jan. 26, but don't expect to get in that easliy. General Manager Robert Burt says they've already secured over 200 reservations. If you're anxious to give it a try, he recommends calling at 708.798.8263 to book a table in advance.

Here's some photos to give you a glimpse of what the interior of the restaurant looks like. We've got even more info on The Cottage on Dixie coming up later, so make sure to check back with Patch!

tom haggerty January 22, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Looking forward to the 26th....gonna be a great night ...
Brian January 22, 2013 at 03:33 PM
The best of success with the Cottage's very fitting, inaugural weekend opening! Your menu's most promising, gourmet cuisine, combined with your extremely well designed and beautifully appointed, upscale restaurant, should be a valuable offering for all of us living in the south suburban region and beyond! Wishing you the best for your your brand new enterprise and what it may contribute to enriching Chicagoland's suburban diversity. Brian Zakem, Flossmoor
crowny2 January 22, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Good luck guys. Can't wait to come in and sample.
SHUSSBAR January 22, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Best wishes for the opening and beyond
mr lahey January 23, 2013 at 04:27 AM
can someone who goes give us a review and maybe some sample prices
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Here's a link to the menu: http://thecottageondixie.com/menu.html I tried a few small appetizers, all of which were fantastic, but I don't see any of them on the actual menu.
FlossmoorMom January 23, 2013 at 09:39 PM
You know what would be awesome? I just went to their side and noticed they're working with Mint Creek Fard and Nichols Farm- all of their CSA's are too far for me- it would be great if the Cottage was a pickup point for those of us who would like to join, and it would certainly encourage more people to eat there!
Glenna Elvery January 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Ryan, all but the lamb meatball are on the menu!
Patrick K January 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Will the wine list be on-line soon?
the commander 43 January 25, 2013 at 02:38 AM
the wine list, I predict, will be outstanding with price points for for all tastes.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Well that's good news!
Barb Zartuche January 25, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Wishing you a great opening. Can't wait to try it out. Barb Segoviano Zartuche.
Nick002 January 26, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Witkus - do you care to explain why you have a bizarre interest in ranting incoherently about this restaurant opening?
Michael Witkus January 26, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I would like to say that I am sorry for using this particular venue for voicing my opinion. It was inappropriate and I suppose I should channel my anger elsewhere as I am sure there are many people who have jobs at the cottage. It is a very difficult time for many out there and I hope that the restaurant does well as it is providing work for persons who need it. I will sign off and not bother you all again. Please accept my apologies and good luck to all
jsun January 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM
zarlingo's is creditec, so i have no problem with a local eatery serving a locally produced specality dessert......also, i believe most resturants have a line..... not sure where you are coming from......
jsun January 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM
trailer park boys?
Nick002 January 27, 2013 at 12:43 AM
jsun - I'm the one who first challenged Mr. Witkus's comments as odd. He retracted them and apologized. Good for him! Shouldn't we all just leave it at that and wish the restaurant well?
The commander 43 January 27, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Mr. Witkkus, I'm surprised at your leckety-split comments. COD started serving today at 5 P.M. Your comments were posted at 6:01 a.m. Exactly, how do you know about it being "typical south side cuisine" and being "over priced? Manti-Teo? Ranks up there with Secretary of State Ms.. Clinton's put-down of Rand Paul's inquiry of "weapons from Turkey?" So sad.
Michael Witkus January 27, 2013 at 01:59 AM
i was going to leave this alone and I have apologized for using this venue COMMANDER 43. However, if you would like to continue this conversation I will ablige you since you have such a strong feeling about politics, which I did not include in my assessment of the "COD". I certainly appreciate that you have also dissected my comments and I really love the abbreviation. Care to speak more formally? Here's my email mwitkus73@gmail.com
The commander 43 January 27, 2013 at 02:08 AM
I've just seen the lists and tasted some of the wines. I was correct––it is fabulous. The real gem of a list, for me, is the wine-by-the glass one. You're a casual wine person, try the house white or read for only $5 a glass. And it is a generous pour. Want something more, plenty of bargains abound. My favorite so far is the Chehalem "inbox" chardonnay for $12––it goes great with a seafood appetizer. Another standout for those who like the "bubbly" is the Gruet, believe it or not from New Mexico, but is highly rated. It is a steal at COD for $10. Like a good red try the Sean Minor Pinot Noir. The "bottle list" is a real credit to the taste of Southland wine lovers. What a masterful job by the sommelier. You want high-end big buck wine? It's here for you. Wine Spectator's number 1 wine of 2012––Shafer's relentless––is here and for only $95,another steal. For me, the best bargain is the Robert Craig 2009 Affinity for a measly $80. You say, how about something lower in price? Keep looking, you'll find it. How about the Bennet Family Reserve (from Napa) for $30. Like Pinot Noir? Oregon's Van Duzer at $45 is impressive. Next visit to the COD, will find me ordering the Rombauer Merlot for $44. So, you want a reasonable Chardonnay? Try the Benzinger (Carneros) at $30. This list is sent from Wine Heaven for Wine Lovers, and it is all available here at the COD.
Travis January 27, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Can't we all just get along!!!? :)
Dinkum January 28, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I attended the grand opening with my wife. We sat at the bar and ordered drinks, appetizers, and shared the seared duck entree. Here's my quick view of our dining experience: Ambiance High marks for the renovations, bar area, and open seating behind the hostess stand. The general dining area tables are somewhat unimpressive for an upscale restaurant (no booths). Cleanliness It's brand new and looks it. The ceiling is open with large, wooden beams hence the "cottage" name. Service A very busy night and a few food orders were a bit late. Very attentive service at the bar, very personable. Bar staff know the menu and can provide guidance. Food Seared duck was excellent. The pork pate appetizer (not the real name) from the Brittany, France menu was excellent. We were not impressed with the blue corn crab fritters and I think they should consider crab cakes. We ordered dessert but they forgot to bring it (but they do their own baking onsite). We enjoyed ourselves (the bar area was lively and we met people from all over the south suburbs) and plan to return. This restaurant will not appeal to the masses as the entrees are not meant to be shared (we do this quite a bit these days) and there are no menu bargains. I also wonder why there are no local craft beer offerings (Three Floyds or Flossmoor Brewery).
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Thanks for the thorough review, Dinkum!
Miss O February 04, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Food - Really ? That's what I deeply wanted to say the entire night. Very nice presentation and all but seemed more suited for a museum type atmosphere. Only good to look at is all. Crispy Duck Angelotti was mediocre in terms of taste. For me it was like a Thanksgiving dinner in a pastry. Think Violet Beauregarde. Warm Forest Salad was like porridge with very sad mushrooms with no flavor at all. The grilled NY strip had to come from an animal that follows Dr. Oz's heart healthy advice. Very lean and without much girth including flavor. Nothing was a standout that came across the table. For what we regretfully spent Saturday I now wish for that full tank of gas I would have had to go to all the lower scaled restaurants in the south suburbs that are not so pretentious. Au Revoir The Cottage In Homewood !!
Miss O February 04, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Miss O This was a thumbs down experience with out a doubt. For months during the renovation process we looked forward to coming and discovering a new spot to have date night. What a disappointment !! Ambiance - Very nice décor with looking like a pottery barn catalog. The lighting was beautiful and interesting to gaze at while waiting and waiting for our order. The curtain type dividers reminded me of the same dividers at the YMCA gym I used to go to many years back. Not sure how practical those would be in some of the high traffic areas but uniformity can be good. The floor seemed like cheap remnants pieced together from a carpet outlet. Cheap on padding it seemed. The tables were way to close which lends itself to conversation surfing. The couple sitting next to us had a hard time having their own conversation because they seemed so interested in ours. I was positive the gentlemen could see my uvula in HD. Service - Terrible ... Food took forever to come out. Had to ask for silverware after the food came. The silverware size apparently was made for amazon type individuals because I could not get the fork tines and the food in my mouth without feeling the need to unhinge my lower mandible.
WA Mama February 05, 2013 at 09:50 PM
That is a great idea!
WA Mama February 05, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Sorry Miss O did not like the restaurant, but she gets extra points for using the word "uvula" in a review!
jm56 February 15, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Interesting that "The commander 43" could recite and type the entire wine list on the opening night at 8:08 pm? I would suggest that "The Commander" is actually personnel of the management of the cottage "posing" as a Homewood-Flossmoor resident. Just Sayin...


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