Why can't I stop drinking the fresh made-to-order ginger beer at Tilia? Perhaps because with the spicy chicken thighs and the shrimp/peas app (thanks for throwing in some Sichuan chili oil Mr. Brown!). It's AWESOME.
I have gotten a lot of mail regarding the no reservations policy at Tilia and here’s the deal. CHILL OUT! Order a beer or something, relax, and sit outside or hang with friends at bar. It’s a great scene. If there were reservations the bar scene would be less vibrant and the restaurant wouldn’t make its monthly nut. Try not going only at 7 p.m. on a weekday. And let's face it, don’t you want restaurants such as this in your hometown? Reservations in small eateries such as this one are a business limiter, and I like seeing a buzz at 8:30 in the evening on a weekday . . . right?
Why can’t I let the deli thing go? In the last month I ate at Katz’s, Cantor’s, Carnegie Deli, and Schwartzs in Montreal. Ugh, how depressing. We need a great sandwich joint that has more than one great go-to product . . . say all you want about our town's good sandwich spots, don’t you want one GREAT ONE? Check out the latest issue of Saveur Magazine if you think I am wrong. Just one great sandwich restaurant. Just one. I swear I will be there every week if you open, whoever you might be.
Masu Sushi and Robata opens next week. Chef Tim McKee designed this new contemporary Japanese restaurant, located at 330 Hennepin Avenue. I am psyched. Say what you want, and I said a lot months ago, but the food at Cafeteria and Il Gatto is better since McKee worked over the joints. I think he may be on to something with the robata concept here. I am eager to see for myself.
My pal Carole Garrigos is selling her Posh Tarts at Kowalskis on Grand Avenue in St Paul. Check them out and log onto their Twitterfeed at @poshtarts for more info as summer progresses.
This week I am shooting a Dr. Oz show, airdates to come, and check out the newest issue of Food & Wine Magazine. There is a great eight-page feature with recipes that I am really proud of . . . foodandwine.com.