100 Favorite Dishes: No. 30, Tilia's butternut squash soup


As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.

Tilia's famous butternut squash soup changes annually -- and so does the belief that the new variety could never outshine the old.

Once again, this year's version hits the jackpot.

See also: Reverse Bloody Mary at Tilia: A build-your-own drink of the week


Starting every fall, Tilia introduces a new twist to their butternut squash soup. This year's variety is loaded with shrimp and well worth the hour we had to wait to sample it.

It was a nice surprise to find a hint of sweetness in the $9 squash puree. The sugary undertone balances out the bitter squash taste and mingles well with the shrimp, lightening up the fish taste.

Anyone who's been to the Linden Hills American bistro knows that they don't take reservations and they only seat 40 -- a lethal combination for a restaurant of their popularity. If you're able to nab a seat at the bar, the wait is easy -- grab a bowl of the seasonal butternut squash soup and outlast your competition. The soup is served daily during fall and winter hours.

No. 40: Crema's affogato
No. 39: Broders' quadrucci con pollo

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