The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Disguise familial ties with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale Southern cuisine at Kozy's Restaurant in Tuscaloosa.
Inside the kitchen at Kozy's Restaurant, the chef sears, simmers, and sautés up a gourmet menu of fine Southern cuisine for discerning palates. Enliven taste buds by eschewing straw hats in favor of tastier button-mushroom caps, bulging with aged gruyère and beef tenderloin ($8), or zap them into consciousness with blackened gulf shrimp encased in warm Danish brie ($12). During the main course, spaghetti squash performs synchronized-swimming routines with zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and carrots in a pool of garlicky butter and herbs ($17), and the Tasmanian salmon holds down the grill in a pineapple, orange, and basil emulsion ($26). Diners can also sup on a roasted maple-leaf duck breast ($28) or a Berkshire pork tenderloin, which freely frolics amidst local greens, fields of peas, and marinades of mustard ($27). To commemorate the meal's end, sweet teeth graze on the buttery layers of a chocolate soufflé ($8) or the cheesecake du jour ($7).
Kozy's Restaurant lies just off the beaten path, couched behind the unassuming exterior of an old house. Inside, a virtual time machine awaits, as diners enjoy a throwback to the Rat Pack–era with black-tie service, walls lined with celebrity photographs, and a Monday-night jazz piano player who helps aspiring Casablanca reenactors to perfect their moodiness.
A bright red neon sign effuses a cheerful glow onto Kozy's simple white cottage building, never betraying a hint of the elegant gourmet feasts to be found inside. Lauded as a "hidden gem" by the editors of VisitSouth.com, Kozy's embodies founder Sylvere Coussement's dream of mingling Southern culinary curiosity with a speakeasy's old-fashioned charm. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a scene described by _Southern Living as "unique ambiance with an old-Hollywood theme". As house musician Henderson Huggins's live piano jazz mingles with the sound of the courtyard's antique cherub fountain burbling into the koi pond, waiter clad in smart black tie garb bear plates full of seasonal, French-influenced meals. Plates might hold Gulf shrimp and grits, center-cut filet mignon, Andouille-crusted pork, and stuffed mushrooms declared one of the "100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die" by the Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau. This dedication to inventive quality extends to the bar, which houses bottles of the restaurant's extensive wine list as well as precision mixologists ready to turn out impeccable cocktails. On warm nights or sunny days, guests sip these drinks on the fenced-in garden patio, surrounded by fragrant flowers and leafy trees.
In addition to serving memorable meals, Kozy's crack team of caterers and event professionals also lends the restaurant's signature flavors to both off-site events and fetes thrown in their private party room or courtyard. Though Kozy's has no de facto dress code, most of the clientele complements the classy surroundings and haute cuisine meals with attire that ranges from business casual to Monopoly man.
3510 Loop Rd.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35404Get Directions