Posts filed under: United States

Duvall WA

No bike this time: Duvall Tavern. We were visiting this small town just east of the metro area and stopped in to checkout this “world famous since 1934” establishment in...

Seattle

Sushi on the Ave: KU. Started the afternoon at The Mountaineering Club and caped off the day with a bit of sushi……more precisely….rolls (maki). This is a small place just...

Edison WA

Wine anyone? Slough Food. Nice little spot to pick up some wine, cheese and charcuterie for later…or enjoy it in their courtyard. They also offer soups, salads and sandwiches. This...

Edison WA

Continuing our tour of northwest Washington: Breadfarm. Nice little artisan bakery in the heart of a nice, interesting little village in the Skagit Valley. While we didn’t have their bread,...

Ferndale WA

Who knew: Boxx Berry Farm Market. Happened upon this place driving the backroads of northwestern Washington and stopped in just to see what they had to offer. This is a...

Lynden WA

Dessert: Lynden Dutch Bakery. Had lunch at JoFish and saved room for a Dutch treat…or 2! Our choice wasn’t so Dutch but more local….the caramel apple pie, made from local...

Lynden WA

Seafood in cow country: JoFish Seafood & Grill. Beautiful small town near the Canadian border originally populated by people of Dutch ancestry. The downtown area is full of Dutch architecture,...

Deming WA

Go to place near Mt Baker: The North Fork Brewery. Neapolitan style pizza with a few other choices such as salads and lasagna. And then there is the beer. Nice...

Snohomish WA

On the bike again: Snohomish Bakery. Weather was awful so we stopped to dry out and refuel. Nice spot with reasonable espresso and a good selection of pastries. Visit website...

Port Townsend WA

Waiting for the ferry: Port Townsend Vineyards Wine Plaza. Nice spot with drop dead views of the Sound…and the wines aren’t bad either. Fruit is locally sourced so expect cold weather...

Port Angeles WA

Carb loading: Bella Italia. Classic Italian restaurant located downtown near the waterfront. Had a ride up Hurricane Ridge the next morning and this seemed like a good option. Started with...

Port Townsend WA

Pizza on the Peninsula: Hillbottom Pie. On my way to ride to the top of Hurricane Ridge and I needed some carbo loading. Nice little spot in the historic district...

Bellingham WA

Brewpub in B’ham: Aslan Brewing Co. For my Alabama followers, no this isn’t in Birmingham…..Bellingham instead….which my PNW followers will immediately recognize. I’ve been here a couple of times and...

Seattle

Popular Brewery: Populuxe Brewing. The Tide faithful gathered here to kick off the football season and there’s nothing like beer and biscuits to get you in the mood…..especially if the...

Denver

Unbelievable food: ChoLon. This is a place you must try next time you are in Denver. I’m occasionally asked what my favorite cuisine is and I usually struggle to answer...

Denver

Beer anyone: Denver Microbrew Tour. Visited 4 different places on our tour with Matt….he was and excellent guide. We sampled 2 to 3 beers at each stop and my favorite was...

Denver

Last updated on August 30th, 2019 at 10:37 pmExcellent dinner for 20: Rioja. Described as Mediterranean it leans Spanish and there is a broad selection offered which should please everyone...

Denver

Open for 23 years: Potager. Picked this place based on the menu, which seemed interesting, and the fact that it had been in business in a residential area of Denver...

Fort Bragg CA

Went to see the glass beach: North Coast Brewing Co. The beer is great and the food…..bar food….with huge portions. No way to eat the whole jumbo shrimp platter. All the...

Ukiah CA

Nice spot for breakfast and some Joe: Back Oak Coffee Roasters. They roast their own beans onsite and have a nice choice of breakfast items including bagels and burritos. Extensive...

Hopland CA

Interesting place: The Golden Pig. Just south of Ukiah and yes, the name is correctly spelled and…..yes, the town’s claim to fame was hops. But, no longer…production was halted in...

Seattle

It never disappoints: Westward. The space is outstanding and one of the best places in Seattle for dining outside. Right on the north shore of Lake Union with great views of...

Santa Rosa CA

Passing through: Bird and The Bottle We were on the way to a wedding and needed something before our road trip north. Nice space with a deck overlooking a busy...

Seattle WA

You gotta go for the views: Mountaineering Club. There has been a real stir recently about this bar on the rooftop of the Graduate Hotel in the U District and...

Snohomish WA

Another bike stop: Proper Joe. About the midpoint of our ride north and it seemed like a good place to try….there are a number in this small town just north...

Seattle

Soft opening: Dough Zone. There are about a 1/2 dozen locations of this local chain in the Seattle metro area and I recently visited the newest addition…downtown….for their soft opening....

Seattle

Dandan Noodles: 7 Stars Pepper. My first experience with these noodles was in China a few years back and I’d been looking to find them in the US ever since....

Bellingham WA

Classic brew pub: Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro. Visit on a Monday night if you can….it’s Irish and Folk night….live music in the park next door. Nothing like a beer...

Seattle

Lunch on the water: Agua Verde Under new ownership and with a new chef. Plus…….the Marina Cantina is also new and outback, on the water, pass the paddle club and...

Coeur d’Alene ID

Quick stop for a cup of Joe: Terre Coffee & Bakery. As most of you know, I’m partial to chocolate….but not the white kind. Is it even chocolate? I think...

Bow WA

Delightful little spot: Farm to Table Bakery. A bit off the beaten path but worth a short drive off I5 or as another route to Bellingham since it’s just south...

Seattle

Szechuan on Capitol Hill: Chuan on Capitol. I had heard a bit about this place and it’s only a short walk from the light rail station so it seemed like...

Seattle

Happy but a bit sad: Bistro Shirlee. Recently acquired by Renee Erickson, Saint Helens has been remade into Bistro Shirlee. While I’m sad to see the loss of Saint Helens,...

Port Townsend WA

Afternoon snack: Pane d’Amore. Heading back to Seattle from the Peninsula and no need to get on the ferry hungry. This place is a bit off the beaten tourist track...

Gig Harbor WA

Brunch: NetShed No. 9. We were visiting Gig Harbor…for the first time despite living here for almost 20 years! This place sounded interesting…..and the space and views can’t be beat....

Gig Harbor WA

After brunch drinks: Heritage Distilling Co. They have several tasting room locations and this is their waterfront location in the downtown area. We visited during the Maritime Gig Festival so...

Seattle

Recommended by a friend: Le’s Deli & Bakery. Looking for a great Bánh Mi and this place came highly recommended so I had to give it a try for lunch....

Las Vegas

Dinner for 50: Bardot Brasserie. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t usually review a restaurant in detail unless I have the experience alone or with only a few people. The reason...

Las Vegas

Peruvian Nikkei in Vegas: Once. Japanese/Peruvian fusion and pronounced on-seh….Spanish for 11. It’s located in the Palazzo area of the Venetian. I started with a pisco sour….not up to what...

Cedardale WA

Needed some Jo: Coffee Shack Co. Located just off exit 221 near Mount Vernon, it was a good place to stop…for gas…and some coffee on our way to Vancouver BC...

Bothell WA

On the list: Stack 571. I was in the general area to have this year’s rosé analyzed and decided to stop by to see what this place had to offer....

Seattle

One of the 2 or 3 best places for pastries in Seattle: Café Besalu. I think this place ranks just behind my number 1 recommendation: Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle....

Seattle

Pike Place Market: Three Girls Bakery. Quick “breakfast” while visiting the Market. Not the best bakery in Seattle but it is very conveniently located if you are shopping at the...

Seattle

Impossible Burger: Meet the Moon. We had been looking…all over for the Impossible Burger….and didn’t even know they had it on the menu. Not only was it listed, they actually...

Seattle

Not a restaurant: DeLaurenti’s. This is one of those places you must visit…if you like Italian food..and even if you don’t…just to see the place. They have aisles and aisles...

Bellevue WA

Last updated on May 25th, 2019 at 05:16 pmNeeded some Q: 3 Pigs. This is one of our go to places in Seattle for BBQ. Story is that it was...

Duvall WA

Cycling pitstop: C.C. Espresso and Ice Creamery. Needed a quick protein and carb load so what could be better than ice cream! Nice little shop in “downtown” Duvall. They have...

Walla Walla WA

Breakfast: Bacon & Eggs. This place is very popular. On weekends expect to wait in line so arrive early…or wait. Classic breakfast fare delivered country style….huge portions! The short stack...

Yakima WA

Google search: Public House Yakima. We needed a quick lunch on our way back to Seattle and this place looked interesting…and hopefully quick. Our problem began with Google Maps. Not...

Walla Walla WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:11 pmOur daughter’s choice: Whitehouse-Crawford. We ate here about 10 years ago and she still remembers the experience. So, we had to have...

Walla Walla WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:12 pmSeriously good French cuisine: Brasserie Four. This place really has it all….nice bar, French bistrot food and a great selection of wines....

Walla Walla WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:19 pmWine tasting: Browne. Another option for tasting…..there are many, many to try. Very nice alfresco area which made the tasting (bottle) all...

Walla Walla WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:21 pmWine tasting: Cadaretta. Cycling in Walla Walla is fantastic and this makes it even more so! It’s been a few years since...

Walla Walla WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:22 pmOrdered too much food: Public House 124. In Walla Walla to do some riding and needed fuel for the next day….but not...

Ellensburg WA

Recommended by a friend: Yellow Church Cafe. Brief stop, for lunch, on the way to Walla Walla. We had the seared tuna salad and the smoked chicken club which were both good...

Philadelphia

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:23 pmSweets: Chocodiem. As you know, if you have followed my blog, I can’t pass up an option for chocolate so I had...

Philadelphia

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:24 pmKorean tacos? Takorean. I was intrigued by the name and needed a quick bite before heading to the airport. You start with...

Philadelphia

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:25 pmAfter dinner drinks: Bluebird Distilling. Nice spot inside The Bourse food hall for a late night drink. Friendly bartender who knows his...

Philadelphia

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:26 pmIn Philly again: Cadence.  This is a small place with 26 seats at tables and 8 at the bar. Located in the Northern Liberties/Fishtown area of...

Philadelphia

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:27 pmVegetarian in Philly Cheesesteak land: Vedge. This restaurant has received rave reviews and even though I’m nowhere near a vegetarian I just...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:28 pmTrivia night: Northlake Tavern. A group of us stopped by after a meeting and it just happened to be trivia night. It’s...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:31 pmMore ice cream: Salt & Straw. Very popular place on Capitol Hill. They have a eclectic selection of flavors and pride themselves...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:32 pmFinger licking good & it’s not the Colonel: Bonchon. They have multiple restaurants in the US and about 300 worldwide but this...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:33 pmQuick lunch: Delicatus @ The Hall. Small deli just above the University Street Light Rail station at Benaroya Hall.  It’s very convenient...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:34 pmMediterranean on Beacon Hill: Homer. I’d heard a lot about this relatively new place so I waited awhile to visit, hoping the...

Washington DC

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:35 pmCame highly recommended: The Dabney. It’s made all the list, including a Michelin star…which makes scoring a reservation a bit of a...

Washington DC

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:36 pmAt Washington National: Bracket Room. On the B concourse and it was on my radar because I needed a quick afternoon snack...

Bellingham WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:37 pmAfter brunch stop: Mount Bakery. We visited the downtown location….the original is in the Fairhaven section of town. The plan was to...

Bellingham WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:37 pmHalfway there: Hundred North. Decided to have brunch with our daughter who lives in Vancouver BC, so we met her in Bellingham….which...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 05:38 pmHandmade soba noodles: Kamonegi. This chef has gotten a lot of press, including being named a James Beard semifinalist for best chef...

Philadelphia

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:06 pmClassic Italian: La Famiglia. Small group dinner in this well known Philly establishment which did not disappoint. First task was to choose...

Philadelphia

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:08 pmUniquely Filipino: Perla. This area of Philly is full of restaurants but I hadn’t been aware of this place until I did...

Philadelphia

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:09 pmSpanish tapas: Amada. Part of a large group dinner but we had a good sampling of the menu including some items made...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:11 pmMixed Plate: Buddha Bruddah. A bit of Hawaii in Mount Baker. Reminds me of Tinroof on Maui but it’s 3 times larger...

North Bend WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:14 pmGreat Mexican food: Rio Bravo. We were looking for something a bit different than our usual stop…..Twede’s Cafe. The place is very...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:15 pmDon’t worry, it’s not on the menu: How to Cook a Wolf. I’ve been intrigued by the name and finally decided to...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:16 pmFinally: Shake Shack. I know these are all over the US but this is the first one for Seattle and as is...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:17 pmBooze for 50: The Blind Tiger. Rang in the New Year with the group from work. This is an interesting venue downtown...

Roslyn WA

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:18 pmAfter skiing late lunch: Roslyn Cafe. This is the cafe of Northern Exposure fame….as is almost everything in the town of Roslyn!...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:19 pmAt the Amazon Spheres: Willmott’s Ghost. I’ve wanted to visit this new, Italian themed, restaurant by Renee Erickson since it opened in...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:20 pmAll things German: Hans’ Sausage and Deli. Need stocking stuffers? Looking for real German Haribo and not those from Turkey? Need a...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:22 pmHappy Hour: Cafe Pettirosso. We were out doing some shopping on Capitol Hill and our first choice was closed for a private...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:23 pmJazzy food: Jazz Alley. This is a great venue for music so that’s the main draw of this place. That said, the...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:23 pmRecommended by a colleague: Pomegranate Bistro. Located in an industrial looking building in “downtown” Redmond, it’s a bit hard to find from...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:26 pmSouthern food downtown: The Hart and the Hunter. I felt compelled to visit this place….advertised as the second location of the original...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:27 pmMexican American: Super Bueno. Not sure how to best characterize this place…..Mexican cuisine but owned by the Stowell restaurant group which has...

Chico MT

On the road again: Chico Saloon. Stopped in for a light snack and a swim. A swim you say, at a saloon? Yep. This is probably the only example of...

Livingston MT

On the way to North Yellowstone: Gil’s Goods Quick stop for coffee and a few snacks at this local spot. In addition to baked goods, they have a full breakfast...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:28 pmOn my list for some time: Revel. Had wanted to visit the original but it is closed until 2019 for renovation so,...

Bozeman MT

What a view: Copper Horse Headed home and needed a quick bite…and this is the only real option at the airport past security. That said, the food was solid and...

Winslow WA

Wine, food and art gallery: Amelia Wynn tasting room This is a nice go to place when you have a bit of time waiting to take the next ferry back...

Poulsbo WA

Chocolate anyone? Boehms Chocolates of Poulsbo Never miss a chance for more chocolate and this place is right on Main Street so you can’t miss it. The original location, and...

Poulsbo WA

Always time for a latte: Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse. Visit this place if for no other reason than to experience the drop dead views of Liberty Bay from the adjoining alfresco area....

Poulsbo WA

Ever what you need: Sluys Poulsbo Bakery Interesting story behind this place. It’s been around since the early 1900s and has changed hands and names, a few times over the...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:32 pmShould be on your foodie bucket list: Tarsan i Jane. This place has been on my list for some time….due to my...

Seattle

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:33 pmChocolate nirvana: Theo Chocolate Store. This place needs to be on the short list of all chocoholics and while their chocolates are...

New Orleans

Surprised I haven’t posted on this: Vino Volo Located in over 30 airports around the US and Canada, they are a great option for a a glass of wine or...

New Orleans

Dinner for 30: Galatoire’s It’s been a number of years since my last visit to this Bourbon Street classic that first opened its doors in 1905. As I’ve mentioned in...

New Orleans

Last updated on May 12th, 2019 at 08:34 pmRecommended by a friend: Pêche. Quick trip to New Orleans for a meeting and needed a spot for dinner the night before....

Birmingham AL

Classic BBQ Ribs: Dreamland This is one of the more famous rib sources in Alabama and it all started in a white cinderblock building in Tuscaloosa. Classic space with Tide...