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Seattle

Award winning chef: Tilth. One of the first places in Seattle to serve organic, locally sourced food before it became chic. It has continued to provide excellently prepared dishes since...

Seattle

Maybe the best biscuit in Seattle: Marmite. Hard to get a great biscuit in Seattle but this has to be one of the best. Made all the better by the...

Snohomish WA

Right on Main Street: Looking Glass Coffee. Nice little spot with good espresso and inhouse made donuts! The espresso is on the dark and moody side with serious pulls so...

Seattle

An old standby: Dahlia Bakery. It’s all about the triple coconut cream pie….for which they are famous but, they have a number of other great choices as well. This time...

Seattle

New spot, old name: Uncle Lee’s Kitchen. It used to be located about a mile away but recently moved and reopened a few weeks ago at this site. Same food...

Woodinville WA

Artisan fast food pizza: MOD Pizza. All made to order….from any of 30 toppings and in a pizza oven no less! It’s Seattle based but they have over 300 locations...

Mt Vernon WA

Food truck popup: Random Acts of Food. Everyone was going crazy for the deep fried Brussel sprouts with sea salt and lime so I had to give them a try....

San Francisco

Airport food: Cat Cora’s Kitchen. Located in terminal 2 at SFO near the Alaska Airline gates. The seafood paella needed some salt but considering it was airport food; not bad....

Sausalito CA

Classic waterfront spot: Scoma’s. There’s been a building on this site since the late 1800s and this second site of the San Francisco restaurant by the same name has been...

Sausalito CA

Beautiful spot: Farley Bar. Nice option versus the more formal restaurant across the hall….and much less “stuffy”. Started with the oysters…..made by the shallot mignonette; followed by the burrata with...

San Francisco

It’s about the view: The View. Typical bar food which was quite good but, it’s all about the view….not to be missed on your next visit to SFO! Located at...

San Francisco

A view to die for: Hog Island Oyster Co. This is the original location and it’s right on SFO Bay so, eat outside if you can. Oysters are the thing...

San Francisco

It’s all about the bread: Tartine Manufactory. A well known bakery in SFO with several locations, we visited the original in the Mission District which also has an associated restaurant...

San Francisco

Unique experience: Sheba Piano Lounge. Think Ethiopian, lounge, piano and jazz and you should have a clear picture of this place. No you say. Read on. Visiting the city for...

San Francisco

A favorite spot: Tartine Bakery. Gotta look for this place….between the Mission District and The Castro. It’s a small place so be prepared to wait…to order and find a seat…but...

Bozeman MT

Nice breakfast spot: Feed Café Nice space it what appears to have been a barn in times past. Very solid food described as artisan comfort…with large portions…..and with a few...

Bozeman MT

Popular spot for breakfast: Little Star Diner. It’s fairly small and the wait can be long….45 minutes the morning we visited…but it is well worth the wait. This is another...

Big Sky MT

Beer after the slopes: Beehive Basin Brewery. A small microbrewery near the base at Big Sky offering some unique brews. The Mother’s Milk Stout on nitro was very good and...

Las Vegas

It’s downtown: Lola’s. I wanted an experience off the strip and this is not only off the strip but offers an off the strip food experience as well….think NOLA in...

Seattle

Last updated on October 8th, 2019 at 11:37 pmHard to come up for air: Deep Dive. For sure the most unique bar in Seattle. It’s located below the Amazon Spheres...

Bow WA

Blueberries any way you want: Bow Hill Blueberries. Stop by for a tasting….including pickled….or just go to pick your fill. This place has blueberries done in ways you may haven’t...

Bow WA

Another spot for cheese: Samish Bay Cheese. Very nice spot to do a cheese tasting on your way to pick blueberries in the Skagit Valley. It’s all organic and made...

Seattle

New place in an old spot: Mr West U Village. Located in the space previously occupied by a cooking store, this is a welcome addition to the pizza, chocolate and...

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

Last updated on September 20th, 2019 at 06:47 pmUnbelievable food: ChoLon. This is a place you must try next time you are in Denver. I’m occasionally asked what my favorite...

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 September 20th, 2019 at 03:54 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...