The Top Ten Dishes of 2007: #7

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This week I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes of 2007 -- and the absolute worst thing I ate all year.

7. Small Plates at Erato

Chef Kevin Willmann's menu changes frequently, so the dishes I had might not be available on your visit. Still, nearly every small plate I had at Erato succeeded, so your odds are good. Marinated tuna was my favorite: six plump cubes of raw tuna arranged in a row, a toothpick stuck in each; next to that, a golden streak of truffle mustard; in one corner, a jumble of diced purple potatoes. The fresh, sweet flavor of the tuna, sparked by the truffle mustard, carried this dish.

-- from "Little Wonder" (June 14, 2007)

Erato 126 North Main Street, Edwardsville, Illinois 618-307-3203

-Ian Froeb

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