Milktooth has been creating buzz since it first opened last October. I made my first visit during an rare evening open time during Mixture, a cocktail tour in June. I found it to be incredibly adorable, but the brunch menu did not compel me to immediately return until I opened up the recent issue of Bon Appetit magazine and found Milktooth featured as a national “best new restaurant”! Now, I had to go back and give it a fair try. So, I did.
From my friends’ reports, Milktooth is always busy and last Sunday was no exception. We waited over an hour…to sit at the counter! I was annoyed at first, until I realized we had a front row seat to the amazingness that is the sous chef hard at work. Watching him was like watching a symphony conductor: so many moving parts and sounds and smells, but he handled it masterfully with precise turns and graceful movements.
I ordered the salted chocolate caramel Belgian buttermilk and rye waffle with whipped creme fruit, macadamia nuts, and blueberry jam. Yes, I confess to eating it all before snapping a picture. My friend tried the bialy and lemon paprika lox with whipped cream cheese, onion, and capers. We gave rave reviews to both.
But as amazing as the food is, the people watching is even better. “It’s like everyone just walked out of Urban Outfitters”, my friend reflected as we observed a flurry of Hipsters consume drinks topped with oysters and hotdogs. Housed in an old auto repair shop in Fountain Square, it has a certain “open” feel with furniture and decor straight from your local flea market.
Get there early–food often runs out. And leave your picky self at home since the menu writes “modifications are politely declined”. This is definitely a “see and be seen” hot spot, so make your way over quickly before somewhere else starts to look more exciting.