Have you been to Lili's yet? Did you get the golden gorgonzola burger that kills you with happiness? If not, then why are you reading this? Is it just to make me feel good? That's cool.
As you've heard from me and everybody else, Lili's is a terrific place down on Magnolia. Its a skinny restaurant with an open kitchen, great staff, and the best food you can get for the price. Lunch time allows you to eat for under $10 (without a tip) and you'll be full enough to sleep through the afternoon. But I've covered that.
Now its time to talk about dinner. I have wanted to head to Lili's to eat dinner for months. I don't know why it took until now to get there, but it did. Actually, I know why...I'm cheap. No more. I plan on having two kids, just to sell them for funds so that I can eat at Lili's for dinner. Not that its that expensive. I just plan on going every night they're open. Seriously.
If you've been during the day you'll notice the tables are metal and the napkins are paper. If you go at night, you get table clothes and cloth napkins. Also, the wait staff is dressed a little classier and they pronounce everything with an elitist accent. Or not. I forget.
Mrs. FWHITW and I headed over there last week and decided to start the night off right - with hooch. So we got a bottle of wine. The wine prices are very affordable here (markup is only two-three times retail). We also got the polenta fries. If I'm not mistaken, this is polenta, cut into sticks, fried and served with a delicious romesco sauce. This is what a fancy McDonald's would serve. Imagine if Westover Hills had a McDonalds tucked beneath one of the Bass families' garage. It would have polenta fries instead of those dirty potato fries you commoners and Irish eat. Polenta is all I eat now.
Because we're fancy, the Mrs. and I each ordered a large plate. She got the beef tenderloin medallions and as you can probably expect, I out Lili-ed her. If you're not familiar with this, I generally always make better menu selections than her. But this time it was close. Her food was delicious. The tenderloin was perfectly cooked (medium-rare) and the mixed grilled veggies looked delicious. The only reason she got out Lili-ed was because Lili ran out of black pepper gnocchi. Not a problem. I'm the one writing the review, not her.
I ordered the dessert fish - Macaroon Flounder. Its a flounder, in a macadamia nut and coconut crust, topped with honey-ginger-lime sauce. Seriously, until I got to the sauce, the thing tasted like a cookie. I love fish cookies, so this was perfect. But then I got to the sauce and I never wanted another cookie in my life. This dish tasted like what macadamia nut and coconut crusted angels taste like. Along with the de-lish fish, I also reached one of my seven life goals - I ate Caribbean rice. Its a great compliment to the fish, but I think if Lili cared about us, the rice would be macaroonized. All in all, a wonderful plate of food.
What if they macaroonized polenta? Why do I write this blog instead of cookbooks?
It is no secret that Lili's is a treat we here in the Fort are fortunate to have. But now that I have told the masses (my parents and the one person who constantly posts comments with different names), Lili's will have customers for life. If you haven't been to Lili's yet, please read my previous posts and I promise you will want to go. Everybody I have ever sent to Lili's has loved it. You will too.
One side note. They just got booths a couple weeks ago. I'm not sure how I feel about this. They look good and you have a little more privacy while dining, but I sort of like the rambunctious feel of the tables like they were. Plus, you could combine four tables and make people glare at you while you gobble on a house burger. And Lili will come by and tell you thanks for stopping by (I don't know who Lili is but I think its either the large black man cooking or the smaller white guy walking around shaking hands).
Please feel free to let me know if there are non macaroonized dishes worthy of trying. If you've had the black pepper gnocchi, Mrs. FWHITW is wondering how out Lili-ed she was.