Restaurant Review – Bodega Sur

This week took me to the charming Bodega Sur. Located at 3755 N Southport, it’s the sister restaurant to Argentinian steakhouse Tango Sur. Bodega Sur is a more intimate spot, focusing on wine and tapas. We went for lunch on a Thursday, right around noon. The restaurant was not busy at all and the host told us to sit wherever we’d like. They have a charming patio with a number of tables, so we plopped down at one in the sunshine. My mouth was already watering reading the menu. Their daytime menu is split into two halves: Desayunos (breakfast) and Sandwiches y Otra Cosas (sandwiches and other things). My eye was caught by the Omelette: a three egg omelette with chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and feta cheese- topped with tomatillo sauce and served with quinoa/potato hash. This sounded delightful, but I ultimately decided I was in the mood for lunch. I ordered the Ensalada de Vegetales: grilled yellow squash, zucchini, red and green bell pepper, portabella mushroom, asparagus, and red onion marinated in garlic and spices, served warm over mixed greens topped with feta. First of all, the portion was gigantic! The pieces of squash and bell pepper were huge- everything was very generous. This salad was simple and perfect. The grilled veggies were all fresh, crisp, and not over seasoned. It also wasn’t drowning in dressing, which I always appreciate. I also ordered a Sweet Beef Empanada, by the recommendation of our server. Next time, I want to come back and only order empanadas! The pastry was crispy, flaky, and buttery and the sweet beef filling was magnificent. My friend ordered the Ensalada de Pollo: a grilled chicken salad with leaf lettuce, tomato, corn, black beans, tortilla chips, and avocado, topped with chipotle dressing. This was also very, very tasty.

Bodega Sur is closed on Mondays, open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 am to 10:30 pm, Fridays from 11 am to 11 pm, and Saturdays/Sundays from 9 am to 10 am. Reservations are accepted and can be made over the phone at 773-904-8656. Find more information about this charming spot on their website.