#sEATtle: Tilth

November 28, 2018
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I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

Got it? Good, let's roll!

RESTAURANT
Tilth

ADDRESS
1411 N 45th St

WEBSITE

http://mariahinesrestaurants.com/restaurants/tilth/?activeTab=0

 

"Sustainable" and "locally sourced" are buzz words for restaurants these days and it bothers me.  Of course I want the freshest and most environmentally conscious food I can get, but unfortunately that usually means you go to a place that consists of a menu with chicken, a steak of some sort, salmon, and beets.  ALWAYS BEETS!  Throw in a few lazy veggie sides and boom, sustainable restaurant!  Meh.  So when I was invited to Tilth by my friends, I went with hesitation.  Boy, was I in for a treat...

EATS

Buratta-  Any meal in Seattle in 2018 must start with buratta.  Its some sort of weird rule and I am for it!  Creamy cheese smeared on freshly baked bread? Um, yes!  We also, of course, ordered beets.  Pictures not included because I'm taking a stand here!

Roasted Delicata Squash- YOU GUYS!  I didn't like squash until I ate this.  The MVP of the meal, for me.  Did you know that you can eat the skin on a delicata squash?  You do now!  This was covered in fried shallots and some chimichurri.  I want, no, I NEED the recipe for this.  Also, you can find delicata squash at just about every farmer's market in the 206, but I've had a really hard time finding it in grocery stores.  Weird.  I roasted one the other night and it was great. I only used salt and pepper and olive oil so it wasn't as fancy as Tilth's offering, but still tasted pretty dang good. I'm a squash guy now. Weird. 

Risotto- The pickled cauliflower provided the perfect punch to the risotto.  Creamy, smooth and fantastic.

Arctic Char-  Looks like salmon. Tastes like trout.  Generally not a big fan, but once again I was pleasantly surprised. 

Tilth sliders- Okay follow me on this one.  I ordered sliders, and for that I should be punished. Except these were some of the best sliders I've ever had!  It makes no sense, but I was blown away by the flavor of these little guys.  Topped with horse radish aoli, some arugula, pickle, and onion jam, these little guys were insanely tasty.  Sidenote- anytime something has onion jam on it, you should get it. Trust me.  The dish also came with home made fingerling potato chips and were the perfect compliment to the burgers.  I know at the end of the day its just a slider and chips, but I'm telling you, its a really good slider and chips! 

 

Being a sustainable restaurant is difficult, because you really are limited to what the area has to offer. So you better be able to cook your ass off to separate yourself from the place down the street with basically the same menu.  I walked in to Tilth with this mindset, and walked out absolutely blown away by how incredibly talented their kitchen is.  What this place lacks in originality it more than makes up for in technique and quality.  They turned me into a squash guy, and for that I will ship Tilth forever.  

Go here if...you are looking for absolutely amazing, locally sourced, sustainable food.  And you want beets.

Don't go here if...you are looking for a unique menu