As a Tuscaloosa resident who's done a lot of traveling and fine dining in many cities across the US, I've considered Kozy's as one of the top two fine dining estabalishments (Epiphany with it's farm-to-market fare being the other) for many years.
Kozy's is a quaint, romantic restautant nestled in an older residential area of eastern Tuscaloosa. On Thursday I was there they had live piano and jazz playing. The time before, Senator Richard Shelby was there entertaining in the back room.
Once we were seated I put the bartender to the test, ordering an O'l Fashioned. In my experience few bartenders get it right, but Kozy's mixologist proved that he knew what he was doing.
My wife and I shared the button mushroom caps stuffed with Angus beef tenderloin with a red Wine Demi-Glace sauce topped with a little aged Gruyere cheese for an appetizer. The portion was large enough for each of us to share with 8 large mushrooms stuffed with beef tenderloin with a rich demi-glace sauce. The caesar salad we shared met our expectations. My entree was the tuna au poivre which was blue-fin tuna finished with a cognac cream Sauce served with parmesan risotto and grilled asparagus. Each component was exquisite and complemented the others. My wife had the salmon special of the day which she enjoyed and was cooked properly.
Our attractive server was gracious, and knew the dishes. Our drink orders were taken promptly, but after five minutes we had not received menus and had to ask. The check when delivered was incorrect, reflecting a third entree. (I'd ordered the seared scallops initially, but changed when the waitress reported that the chef had reported that they weren't up to his standard and didn't want to serve them; the waitress hadn't removed the charge.)
I am resolved to make the drive to Kozy's more often. For "traditional" fine dining in a nice setting (i.e., most of the entrees come with a sauce which isn't the case at Epiphany) , Kozy's offers the best in Tuscaloosa.
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