Diners walking into Keith's Bar and Grill will immediately feel comfortable in the intimate, quaint restaurant.

The Whiting eatery, on Indianapolis Boulevard, near the corner of 119th St., is a friendly place to enjoy a meal. At first glance, while entering the eatery, you feel as though you're walking into a retro supper club.

Quite often, guests will find owner Scott Keith on the premises welcoming guests to his culinary home.

When we visited Keith's on a recent Saturday night, the restaurant was filled with customers. Though reservations are recommended and we didn't have a reservation that night, we were still seated promptly.

Keith was also in attendance that day, sitting behind the bar at the front of the eatery. He cordially greeted us as we entered.

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Our table was located in the middle of the restaurant, near the kitchen, so we were able to view the many appetizing and creative dishes being served to customers.

Keith opened his restaurant in 1990 and at the time, he said, he wanted to bring something different  to customers in the neighborhood. And Keith is still doing that with a charming eatery that offers a variety of dishes from pastas and classic meat dishes to seafood and assorted appetizers.

After taking about 5 minutes to look at the menu, we decided on the Chicken Saltimbocca ($14). The recipe, which was sauteed in butter and wine, had a delicate flavor and received high marks at our table. We also enjoyed the Fried Calamari ($8). The sauce for the calamari had a slightly spicy flavor and worked well with the tender dish.

Among other dishes on Keith's menu are Ravioli, Pumpkin ($15); Pasta Pomodoro ($14); Mahi Mahi ($19); Mussels ($20); Pork Chops ($24);  Rack of Pork ($22); Baby Back Ribs ($30); the Keith Burger ($10) and more.

What customers will also find interesting at Keith's is the entranceway. There are actually two doors to enter the restaurant. One boasts it's the Men's Entrance and another the Women's Entrance, a throwback to a bygone time. It's just another interesting thing to enjoy and see at Keith's place.


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.