By The Black Foodies
Owners and business partners of Redwood Luxe Bar and Grill, Damien Gibson and Adam Shorter, have brought a taste of Chicago’s cosmopolitan restaurant scene to the suburbs. Redwood Luxe Bar and Grill, located at 3462 Vollmer Road in Olympia Fields, IL, brings a modern sophistication while not being pretentious. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and great for family outings or for date nights. Being that the weather was so nice, we decided to dine outdoors on the patio.
We began our dining venture with an appetizer of Redwood’s Grilled Chicken Wings. The wings come with an option of four dipping sauces: mango habanero, spicy buffalo, tangy BBQ or, our choice, garlic parmesan. Four large wing pieces came with the order and were grilled to perfection. The charred exterior of the wings added a smoky richness and contrast in texture that we both appreciated. The garlic parmesan dipping sauce proved to be a great complement, its on-point consistency allowing it to cling nicely to the wings. Being a garlic lover, I felt the sauce lacked a bit of garlicky punch, while Miss Coretta felt the sauce was balanced flawlessly. Redwood’s grilled chicken wings were mighty impressive.
Opting for a second appetizer, we decided to try Redwood’s Crab Bites, ten bite-sized balls of lump crab, deep-fried to a golden brown. And, talk about good eating . . . the end result was sheer ‘crabliciousness!’ The outer crust had the perfect crunch factor, while the moist interior of the lump crab seemed to just melt in your mouth. We were also impressed by the crab-to-binder ratio. Redwood did not skimp on the crab, and the spicy remoulade sauce added a burst of flavor, elevating an already spectacular piece of culinary work.
We next sampled the Cajun Catfish which was topped with a crawfish étouffée and served with seasonal vegetables and rice. The catfish was masterfully prepared! The fillet was delicate and flaky and, by grilling over an open flame, added some wonderful charring. The charring made the dish attractive and superbly scrumptious, as well. The rice and veggies were properly prepared, adding freshness to the dish. The crawfish étouffée, though, slightly missed the mark. While the crawfish were bayou fresh, the addition of a sauce would have more fully tied the dish together. Overall this Cajun creation is a dish well worth trying.
To close out our dining experience at Redwood Luxe Bar and Grill, Miss Coretta and I split a slice of their Salted Caramel Cake. The salted caramel transported us to a very comforting place. The cake was super moist – similar to a tres leches cake – and topped with dark and white chocolate. The salted caramel cake was as beautiful as it was tasty.
We also suggest trying the Bourbon Glazed Lamb Chops, the Chicken Scallopine or any one of their sensational Burgers. A full bar serves up great martinis and mimosas. Parking is ample, so come on out – the locals shouldn’t have this hidden gem all to themselves. Owners, Damien and Adam, have succeeded in bringing a slice of Chicago’s sophistication to the ‘burbs.’
We rank restaurants based on number of kisses (one thru five). One…two…three…four, with five being the best. Redwood Luxe Bar and Grill receives 4 1/2 kisses. Check out the video of our review
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