The Top 10 New Dishes of 2010

The #4 New Dish of 2010: Pork Chop Over Polenta Cake at Tilikum Place

The brick-lined Belltowner leaves our restaurant critic smitten.

By Christopher Werner December 28, 2010

“Thick and meaty:” the pork chop over polenta cake at Tilikum Place Cafe.

We’re counting down the top 10 new dishes of the year.

Loved for its brunch, homey Tilikum Place Café proves a worthy dinner destination with stunners like the pork chop over polenta cake.

In fact, this savory hunk of comfort food—”thick and meaty, its smokiness brightly balanced by braised greens and lush grilled figs”—was a big reason Kathryn Robinson fell so hard for the Belltown boite. Robinson opened her review with the question, “After 26 years in the game, what makes a restaurant critic’s heart beat faster?” The answer, we come to know, is Tilikum.

The chop currently is not on the menu—bummer—but here’s to hoping Ba Culbert brings its back soon.

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