VENUE DETAILS

Tilia

Price:

$$

Cuisine Type:

American, American casual, American contemporary

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

No

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

No

Rating: One Star One Star One Star Half Star No Star

REVIEW

The scallop was evaporating inside my mouth, collapsing on itself in a cloud of ethereal juiciness. It was one of those dining-out moments where my body's involuntarily response was to slump into my chair, block out everything else around me and wallow in the bliss that was enveloping my taste buds. Seriously, wow.

When I regained consciousness, I had one thought: Yeah, chef Steven Brown is back. Sing hallelujah.

That out-of-body experience was taking place at Tilia, the Linden Hills restaurant (Tilia, pronounced till-ee-ah, is the genus name for the linden tree) that Brown opened in March. It's the first time in a long career where Brown has also been on the ownership side of the equation. Given the dizzying heights to which Brown and business partner Jörg Pierach have catapulted the standard for neighborhood restaurants, I'd say that it's about time.

At the House of Brown, familiar favorites are energized anew, brilliantly, at remarkably accessible prices. I'll never eat another chicken wing after falling head-over-heels for Tilia's roasted chicken thighs, the dark meat bursting with rich chicken-ey flavor and enriched with a sort-of jerk seasoning, minus the smoke. The fish taco model is crossed with the McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich, and the looky, tasty results are spectacular. The turkey burger is tops in its field, and the Reuben sports a corned beef that can only be described as dreamy.

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Where:

Tilia
2726 W. 43rd St.
Minneapolis, MN
612-354-2806

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