November 19, 2015
Ted (whose wife Lauren use to work with me at Bailey’s Restaurant and Catering as our catering director), is a familiar face to the Tampa Bay restaurant scene. He has opened notable restaurants like Ciro’s Speakeasy, Boca, Copperfish, Castille at Hotel Zamora…and now, he has ventured forth on his own with the hit new restaurant, The Mill.
Every so often when I’m stuck on a recipe, I shoot Ted a text, and he always comes up with the perfect solution…making my dish stand out from the original concept. Now that’s a good friend to have in your culinary Rolodex.
While I have only been there for lunch, it will give me the opportunity to write two reviews for this creative and fine restaurant. Understand, that there were only two of us lunching – yet, I order 4 different sandwiches, a soup, and 3 desserts – each spectacular. You are probably saying: “Enough of the superlatives already…tell us about the food.”
Be assured, I will be writing about dinner soon…but going for lunch is a great start. The “Not Your Momma’s Grilled Cheese” is the absolute best grilled cheese I have ever had – and I think I make a pretty mean grilled cheese. Marble rye is loaded with Tellagio, Dill Havarti, and Whipped Feta, Sweet Pepper Jam…it goes on-and-on. The burgers are juicy and great. The Roast Beet Panzanella is a hit in my book as well.
They were offering desserts that day – so of course I ordered both…research. My favorite that day was a deconstructed apple crisp. His wife Lauren (a chef in her own right) makes most of the desserts, so it is a real family venture. The apple was sous-vide…(which is a slow cooked method where you place the food in an air-tight bag in a water bath at low temperatures for many hours). Who would have thought to do such a thing to an apple. Well, it is delicious – stuffed with crunchy crumble and served with vanilla ice cream on a block of wood. AMAZING. The Tellicherry peppercorn cheesecake was also a hit in my book as well.
As stated in the beginning, I will have to go for dinner soon and write about that experience as well. Anyone want to go with me???
200 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701