I finally got to cross a long-standing and quite successful restaurant off my list after visiting Liluma last week for a Father’s Day dinner. My parents were kind enough to take me, even though they have been there several times, but it says a lot about the restaurant if they enjoy repeat visits.
I am very familiar with Jim Fiala's name since I just love Acero in Maplewood, although I still have yet to visit The Crossing and the Side Door, next to Liluma.
As per my usual, I selected a quartino of their Sebastian Riesling, so it was very sweet. I was disappointed by the limited “by the glass” selection and their menu was also quite small. I guess it just wasn’t what I expected.
I didn’t see too many small plates that caught my attention and the pastas I was interested in had bacon in them. I could have ordered pasta without any bacon, but my stepmom’s salad still came with bacon in it when she requested that it be held.
I was torn between the sea scallops or the beef tenderloin and my Dad ate his scallops too quickly before I could get a good look at them. I ended up skipping the starters completely so I could have more room for the beef tenderloin. That’s right, I had beef with a Riesling. Oh, the horror! But it ended up working out great because the bitterness of the sauce was tamed by the high sugar of the wine.
I probably need to go back and try more of an appetizer combination meal but I think I’d go to Acero instead.
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