Peripatetic chef Stewart Woodman, of the late, lamented Heidi’s, is out to prove that creative food served in stylish surroundings is not limited to restaurants in the cities. Lela, attached to the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington, is where he takes his stand. The dining room is attractive and modern in a fancy-hotel kind of way, but the food is light years away from typical hotel restaurant fare. Indeed, Lela bills itself as a neighborhood restaurant, and if your neighborhood is the Highway 100/494 loop, you’re in luck. The lobster deviled eggs are worth the drive all on their own, but leave room for entrees like braised lamb spaghetti featuring house-made pasta. For meat lovers, there’s a range of steaks from a six-ounce petit tenderloin all the way up to an 18-ounce ribeye. To really experience Woodman’s cooking, go for the chef’s counter omakase; limited to 10 guests, it’s a seven-course dinner with wine pairings, prepared and served by the man himself.
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