You walk into what looks like a cozy home than a restaurant, a place to escape from the stresses of the day to an earlier era on a different continent.
The comfort home feeling is taken up a notch with the approachable owners hanging out with guests, excited to share the comfort neighbourhood restaurant they created as they served the Nicoise salad with local albacore tuna and light creamy basil tarragon dressing.
Menu items designed to be home comfort food cooked the old fashioned way.
Beef Bourguignon was packed with meat that melted in your mouth, tasting the care put in preparing this dish.
This care was also apparent in the Coq au Vin Blanc that has obviously been braising for a long time.
People watching at Lily Mae's tells about a special place focused on the neighbourhood and packed with neighbours and friends.
The Lily Mae's Fries are outstanding - not oily, dusted with parmesan, rosemary and thyme. This is a must no matter what else you order when you visit Lily Mae's.
Another tasty side is the spoon bread with bacon, cheddar, corn and green onions. Too complex to describe in writing, trust me and try it.
The surprising flavours transcended to the sweets. Chocolate Guinness Cake's uniqueness amplified by a special vanilla ice cream and a chili sauce. But most impressive is the Apple Bacon cake with caramel sauce; it pays to be adventurous.
I am sure coming back Lily Mae's, this time to try your daily specials (I had a sneak preview of a delicious sweet potatoes and leak soup...) and find out who Lily Mae is.
Lily Mae's Comfort Café
12 Powell Street