The Southport Corridor may be known for strollers, moms and boutiques, but recently, there has been a surge in places for adults to play. So ditch those strollers, grab a glass of wine, and take a peek into some adult friendly places popping up on the Southport Corridor.
Coda Di Volpe- Boasting Southern Italian fare like pizza, steak and seafood, they are most known for their Neapolitan pizza that comes with a side scissors to cut your own slices. Chef Thompson brings his own flair with a seasonal menu, house-cured meats, along with a contemporary vibe that all creates a great spot on Southport.
Coda has a great wine list (award winning in fact) and a creative cocktail menu. As for starters, my absolute favorite appetizer is the goat cheese with beets appetizer (I am not sure this is on the menu anymore, sigh…) and the pork & prosciutto Meatballs.
Next, pizza! The Funghi and Diavolo pizza are both delicious, but really, they all look fantastic. Thompson crafts traditional VPN-certified Neapolitan pizzas served with authentic pizza shears that adds an element of fun to the dining experience.
Next up, pasta. All the pastas are made in-house and available gluten free upon request. A stand out dish is the Trombette Trapanese made with Coda’s fennel sausage, tomato, almond, garlic, and basil. It’s also just beautiful to look at.
They are also now serve brunch on the weekend. It’s perfect for date night or a night out with the ladies.
Ella Elli- The newest addition to the 4 star restaurant group, is the wine bar, Ella Elli. This sexy, romantic spot is so swanky, I felt like I had been transported downtown to a fancy hotel in River North. The over sized lanterns, fireplace and couches, make for THE perfect date night spot.
The wine list is extensive, but Pinot Noir Rose by Willamette Valley really paired nicely with our cheese board. We also tried the creamy mushroom toast with creme faiche and thyme, this would make me come back. Everything is presented beautifully and our server paired everything really well with our wine.
They have pizza great for sharing, pasta and burgers. The burger is supposed to be outstanding, as well as their brunch menu When I visited, we shared the charcuterie and toasts, which really can be a meal in itself. Next time, the burger is on my list.
If you need a date night, Ella Elli should absolutely be on your list.
Tied House– Just opening in February 2018, this is brand new on Southport. The reviews are rolling in and everything about Tied House has been outstanding.
Schubas Tavern has been around for three decades, and now there is a new addition with the opening of Tied House, the owners’ new restaurant next door. The modern architecture and the courtyard that separates the restaurant from Schubas with a giant outdoor fireplace just dazzles from the inside and out.
Schubas will continue to have the same menu, Tied House’s chef, Debbie Gold (who happens to be James Beard Award-winning chef) to create her own menu, including short rib, crudo, porridge with beets and house made ice cream.
Tied House will be perfect for pre and post concerts and is a great addition to the area looking for more “adult” friendly dining.
With so many options now on Southport, there is really something for everyone.
Until next time.