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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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XYLO

None - August 19th, 2011  

Pastry chef Magdalena Bagi and chef/owner Matthew Walheim next to the display case showcasing Xylo’s pastries. Photos by Ross Boissoneau.

offers gourmet & deli surprises

Outdoor patrons enjoy an al fresco lunch at Xylo.

It’s not often that death immediately confronts you when you enter a restaurant.

But there it is, in the dessert case just inside the door at Xylo Bistro/Cafe: Brownies to Die For.

Not that they’re really lethal or anything.

But the huge, rich, flourless brownie (“It’s more like fudge!” excitedly says waitress Jackie Kohl) is ample evidence of Xylo’s commitment to creating interesting foodstuffs that are a little off the beaten path.

That only makes sense for a restaurant tucked into the backside of a building in the warehouse district. “We’re kind of hard to find,” admitted owner/chef Matthew Walheim.

But if Xylo isn’t necessarily easy to find, it’s worth the effort. Walheim has created an eclectic menu, with such items as Tilapia Tosca, Green Curry Chicken, whitefish pate, and grilled focaccia pizza in a variety of flavors.

REBORN RECIPES

If some of the items on the menu seem familiar, then you must have ventured to Suttons Bay to the Silvertree Deli. Walheim was the chef at the Silvertree until it closed in December 2010. Now many of the favorite items from that menu have been reborn, such as the Covered Wagon, a chocolate pastry in the shape of, well, a covered wagon. Other pastries include flan and carrot cake, there’s a host of cookies, and don’t forget those brownies.

“Maggie (pastry chef Magdelena Bagi) does a great job,” said Walheim In addition to the pastries, Xylo offers a variety of salads, lunch plates, starters & sides, sandwiches and subs. Most of them are available for carryout, a tradition which developed from Silvertree and was furthered by Xylo’s relationship with Right Brain Brewery next door, which doesn’t serve food but allows patrons to bring their own foodstuffs.

Walheim says there are a number of unique items on the menu. “We do calamari a little differently than most people,” he said proudly, noting the squid is cut into strips and served with a Citrus Buerre Blanc.

Another popular item is the Chicken Paprikash. In fact, Walheim says it’s his personal favorite. “It’s one dish I just never get tired of,” he said of the chicken simmered with peppers and onions, and served over homemade dumplings in a sour cream sauce.

BRIGHT SAGE

The interior of the restaurant is just as interesting and eclectic as the menu. Bright sage and orange walls complement the dark brown tables and metal chairs. Open rafters, hanging lights, and a small stage complete the warm, friendly, and engaging interior.

And this is just the start. Walheim is hoping to get a liquor license to enable him to serve beer and wine at least. “People like to have a glass of wine with dinner,” Walheim said.

And the new dinner menu is currently in development. Walheim hopes to introduce it within a week or so.

In the meantime, patrons can enjoy the subs, burgers, and ethnic fare, along with the complete coffee bar.

Xylo is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

weekdays and until 10 Friday and Saturday. Sundays it is open from 11 to 4. Located at 221 Garland St. Suite D in TC’s Warehouse District, next to Right Brain Brewery. Its Facebook page is xylo-bistro-cafe. Call 421-9200.

 
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