My History with the Restaurant
"TBox," as it's known to its fans, is co-owned by Chef Scott Heinonen and manager Kevin Heinonen. I met Scott when he was the chef at another downtown restaurant, and he won me over by making chicken liver pate. Really. Right before TBox opened in 2009, I remember Scott calling me to say, "I'm opening up a new place, and I hope you'll try it." I've pretty much been at the restaurant at least once a month ever since.
Dubbed "American Comfort Food-Redefined," TBox dives into the currently uber-fashionable trend of high end reinterpretation of homestyle classics. We sometimes joke that this means dishes with pork. (It tends to be a meat centric menu, just as a word of warning to any vegetarians.) The menu changes every day, but here are a few of my favorites (and only one with pork!)
|Pan roasted duck. |
There are any number of preparations for this, and whatever is the selected way that night is going to be good.
|Seared Scallops with Creamed Corn: |
If there's creamed corn with bacon on the menu, get it.
Also, the scallops regardless of preparation are always big and tender, never overcooked.