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Jillian's Restaurant Review: In contrast to most desert restaurants, this is one where guests can dress up and not feel out of place. Housed in a historic 1946 hacienda, Jillian’s is richly decorated with tapestry-covered chairs and antiques that suit its very establishment clientele. An outdoor courtyard, misted for comfort in spring and fall and heated for cool evenings in winter, is a romantic spot for dining under the stars. Co-owner June Trubee greets guests with a warmth that lends a family atmosphere to the elegance; daughter Jillian, after whom the restaurant is named, and her sister sometimes accompany their mother. Owner-chef Jay Trubee combines dishes from northern Italy and southern France with America’s Southwest and Eastern Seaboard. The Lake Superior whitefish on a bed of spinach and mashed potatoes topped with mustard sauce was a favorite of the late President Ford, but there are plenty of other equally popular---and conservative---items: the liver and onions, the rack of lamb and the Nantucket scallops all find their admirers. The wine list features all that’s trendy now.