Now that I've eaten at Tilia several times, I feel I can, without reservation (nope, they don't take them, one strike against them, but a small strike), recommend this restaurant. Every dish, except for one, has been worth every red cent I spent. I love a place I know I will get great food. I know it won't be spotty. Where in the Twin Cities can you get a great appetizer for $3? At Tilia, it's called grilled flat bread with dukka. Dukka is an African spice and nut mixture. You dip the flat bread (some of the best I've ever had) in olive oil and then into the dukka mixture. Excellent. Did I mention it's only $3? I hope they never, ever change this price. There are some really great hamburgers in these cities. I'm a big fan of The Blue Door Pub's burgers (I'm about to earn one of their t-shirts for my efforts there). But Tilia's burger? Outstanding. The brioche bun doesn't hurt matters at all. The fish taco torta is fabulous and you can order it grilled which is what I prefer.
The clunker? My slight complaints? I had breakfast there and ordered their omelet special. It was filled with avocado, bacon and tomato and had a roasted chili sauce. Great idea. Problem was, it wasn't hot. When I eat eggs, anywhere, they have to be hot. Not even a little bit warm. The other problem with their breakfast is they serve eggs with nothing else. Not a little smidgen of toast maybe? At $8-9 a pop for the breakfasts, I think they need to throw in some toast. The other complaint I have is that it's crazy loud in there. They need to consider some extensive sound treatment options. It's been hot in the Twin Cities and I've been to Tilia on some warm evenings. Their air conditioning isn't keeping up. Just a little tweaking on the noise and heat problems and they'll be fine.
Besides those minor complaints, I whole-heartedly recommend Tilia. It's a small restaurant and a busy restaurant. Get there early.
The Blue Door Pub
1811 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104