Seattle

Southern food downtown: The Hart and the Hunter. I felt compelled to visit this place….advertised as the second location of the original in LA and they both serve Southern inspired...

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

On my list for some time: Revel. Had wanted to visit the original but it is closed until 2019 for renovation so, since I was in the area, I decided...

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

Should be on your foodie bucket list: Tarsan i Jane. This place has been on my list for some time….due to my desire to experience their paella which is only...

Seattle

Chocolate nirvana: Theo Chocolate Store. This place needs to be on the short list of all chocoholics and while their chocolates are widely available, the store/factory has choices you will...

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

Recommended by a friend: Pêche. Quick trip to New Orleans for a meeting and needed a spot for dinner the night before. I got a reservation at the last minute….so...

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...

Birmingham AL

Rehearsal dinner: EastWest As a kid growing up near here it’s hard to believe the number of food choices now available in this city. I remember the one Chinese restaurant...

Birmingham AL

Food Hall: Mo:Mo: Another of the dozen or so food stalls in the Pizitz Food Hall. This one is devoted to….you guessed it…Momos. They also have bánh mi and other...

Birmingham AL

Doughnuts anyone? Hero Doughnuts. Nice spot to pick up a local sugary concoction…..think of them as a mix of Krispy Cream with Top Pot. Not as light and calorie worthless...

Birmingham AL

Always up for more ice cream: Big Spoon. Nice small space offering small batch artisan ice creams that change seasonally. Story has it that the husband and wife team started...

Birmingham AL

Breakfast: Woodlawn Cycle Cafe. During our visit I saw one bike and apparently they have cycling gear somewhere but that isn’t the focus of this place. It’s about locally sourced...

Birmingham AL

Asian: Bamboo on 2nd. The restaurant scene is expanding on almost every visit to the historically quiet (previously deserted) downtown core. But just like many older cities, millennials are revitalizing...

Seattle

Recruitment dinner: Piatti. Haven’t been here since they remodelled. The space is more modern, clean and efficient than before which is a welcome change. The menu seems similar and remains...

Seattle

Very unique space in Ballard: Sawyer. Open since August, the story is that the original space was a sawmill…..looks non descript from the outside. Inside, it is open and modern...

Roslyn WA

Northern Exposure Fame: The Brick. Decided to stop in after a hike in the area. The history of this area of Washington is interesting and this place was originally a...

Woodinville WA

Finally got a chance to try: Twisted Cuban. I’ve passed this place numerous times riding my bike but hadn’t had a chance to try it despite recommendations from others. This...

Novato CA

Unique venue: Hilltop 1892. I was drawn to the space….a hilltop home built in 1892 but one that has been a restaurant for several decades. When I arrive things were...

San Rafael CA

Carbo load: La Toscana. Getting ready for a bike ride and pasta is always a good pre ride choice.  The restaurant is quite “local”…..Google Maps will have you turn the wrong way...

Novato CA

Needed breakfast: Toast. Getting ready for a long bike ride so looking for calories and protein before the ride. Nice space located in a small outdoor mall which made access...

San Diego

Breakfast in the Gaslamp Quarter: Cafe 222. It’s been a few years since my last visit to this small, unique place near the convention center. They have the usual staples...

San Diego

Tocos: Lola 55. Looking for a new place and this fit the bill…..open for about a month. The space is on the ground floor of a multi use building which...

San Diego

New American Fusion: Kettner Exchange. It’s a bit hard to find…in a nondescript building on a corner, it’s easy to miss. Walk down the outside hallway and you enter a very interesting...

San Diego

Italian with a twist: Herb & Wood. Located in the Little Italy area of San Diego, don’t be fooled by the Uber drop off at Herb & Eatery….the entry to...

Seattle

Beer by the Lake: Magnuson Cafe & Brewery. A nice spot for a bite in Magnuson Park if you’re in the neighborhood. It can be busy, especially on a nice...

Seattle

Funky little sandwich shop: HoneyHole. Busy spot on Cap Hill with a great space and sandwiches. The sandwich selection is extensive and burgers are available as well. Vegetarian, vegan and...

Mt Vernon WA

Get your ice cream fix: Snow Goose Produce. Simply said….I’ve never seen a portion size of ice cream like this. They have about 50 flavors and a dozen or so...

Mt Vernon WA

Bakery, espresso and charcuterie: C Squared. Interestingly, this and the companion Third Street Cafe are part of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. They are located in the same building. It’s...

Mt Vernon WA

New option: Third Street Cafe. Interestingly, this and the companion C Squared are part of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. As expected, it’s all about locally sourced food. The space...

Woodinville WA

Food truck and wine: Taqueria los Chilangos. Wine pick up and tasting at Darby Wines which included food. Good tacos and service. Of course the wine was first rate…as expected....

Asheville NC

Pizza: Fresh. Classic pizza and pasta joint on the way out of town. They do a great job with a wood fired pizza oven and use locally sourced ingredients. The...

Kahului Maui HI

Looking for very local: Tinroof. The chef has won the Top Chef fan favorite award twice and is set to open a new restaurant called Lineage on Maui this fall....

Asheville NC

Spanish tapas: Cúrate. Located in a building that was built in 1927 and served as the bus station, the new space has two levels with a bar on the first...

Snohomish WA

Quick bite on our way north: Buzz Inn. One of 12 locations in Washington, this one is at the Harvey Airport in Snohomish. We were riding our bicycles from Seattle...

Kaanapali Maui HI

It’s a tree…It’s a restaurant: Monkeypod Kitchen. One of 3 locations, this is the newest one on Maui. Located in Whalers Village it’s central to the hotels and condominiums in...

Kaanapali Maui HI

Raw fish: Japengo. Another restaurant in the Hyatt Regency; this one is focused on seafood. The sushi is surprisingly good…..even for raw fish served up in a hotel restaurant. It’s...

Kaanapali Maui HI

Old favorite: Duke’s. One of several restaurants by this name and others throughout the Islands and California by the same restaurant group. It’s a bit touristy but you need to...

Kahakuloa Maui HI

Just what I needed: Braddah Chic’s Off the beaten path….way off. Discovered this place while doing the West Maui loop on my bike and since I badly needed something cold...

Kaanapali Maui HI

Hyatt Hotel: ‘Ūmalu. Fairly typical hotel food but give the spicy ahi bowl a try…..ahi, lettuce, mango, edamame, avocado, tomato and pecans with wasabi aioli and ginger vinaigrette……very tasty! Service...

Kaanapali Maui HI

Hawaiian Shave Ice: Ululani’s. It gets 5 stars from almost all who rate and they don’t disappoint. The ice is like light snow and the flavor choices are multiple and outstanding....

Lahaina Maui HI

What a view: Kimo’s. We’ve been here before and returned because the food is solid and the views just can’t be beat. This time we had a table on the...

Bozeman MT

Not just any breakfast: Jam! Bright, busy and open space. We were initially told it would be about a 30 to 40 minute wait but following a correction of a...

Lahaina, Maui HI

Road side stop south of Lahaina: Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop Doesn’t look like much but you can tell by the number of cars in the parking lot that this...

Bozeman MT

Sushi anyone? Dave’s Sushi. We visited a few years ago so expect an update in the future but this is the best known place for raw fish in the city....

Bozeman MT

Looking for sushi? Seven. Located in the Cannery District along with Lot 5 this is one of the 2 main places to get your fill of raw fish…nigiri or sashimi. They...

Bozeman MT

More ice cream: Sweet Peaks. One of several locations in Montana this one is a bit away from the downtown core but work a visit. Very similar to Genuine Ice...

Bozeman MT

Ice cream in an Airstream: Genuine Ice Cream Co. Located right next to the hotel Lark so give them a try if you are in the area. While you are...

Bozeman MT

In the Cannery District: Lot G. Serves breakfast and lunch all day and we experienced breakfast this visit. The space is in and updated old warehouse in the north part...

Bozeman MT

Cider anyone? Lockhorn Hard Cider. Located just off Main Street in the eastern part of town we had visited before but stopped by one afternoon for a quick repeat sampling....

Bozeman MT

Interesting spot for coffee: Treeline Coffee Roasters. Upscale coffee house right on Main Street. This place is mostly about coffee but they also have tea and a limited selection of...

Bozeman MT

Excellent bakery: Wild Crumb. Come here after that great cup of joe at Treeline. This is one of those places with an endless line up of breads and pastries so...

Bozeman MT

Another place for drinks: Bozeman Spirits Distillery. Get ready for too many choices and if you can’t decide on which vodka, rum, or whiskey cocktail suits your fancy just amble...

Bozeman MT

Brew pub: Montana Ale Works. First visited in 2016. Nice brew pub…liked it better than the Bridger Brewery. Good wagyu burger and mocha pot de creme. On another, more recent visit,...

San Diego

French in SoCal: Parc Bistro. In the Banker’s Hill area of the city….basically just east of the airport. Thought we should go in a French direction rather than Italian……..although this...

San Diego

Dinner for 20: Top of the Market. Back in SD for a meeting and this was the choice for the group. I always hesitate a bit in reviewing spots where...

San Diego

Animals anyone: The Lion’s Share. One of those places that would be off most people’s radar unless you are a local. I’ve walked by in the past without realizing exactly...

Woodinville WA

Former Biker Bar: Hollywood Tavern. Started out as a service station in 1922 then became a roadside tavern in the 1940s. Completed renovated a few years ago and has now...

Hood River OR

Top 10 tasting room: Mt Hood Winery. The wines are acceptable but the views……outrageous! Very large tasting room with vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows but the place to...

Parkdale OR

BBQ in Oregon? Apple Valley BBQ. Unexpected but solid BBQ so, if you are doing the Fruit Loop, keep it in mind. They advertise themselves as NW style BBQ but...

Portland

Dinner with amazing views: Departure. Go here if for no other reason but the views from this restaurant located on the 15th floor of the Nines Hotel in downtown Portland....

Portland

Coffee and a pastry: Pearl Bakery. Very nice open space with typical offerings. Somewhat limited pastry choices but it is all very good…..give the pain aux raisin a try….delicious. Visit...

Hood River OR

Cider in Hood River: Fox Tail Cider. Looked interesting so we stopped by while doing the Fruit Loop. Nice cidery with a friendly staff. Try the tasting flight to get...

Portland

French in the Pearl: Måurice. This is a small place and an interesting dining experience….described as a pastry luncheonette. So, you should expect a mix of sweet and savory pastries...

Seattle

“BBQ” in Seattle: Brileys. Hard to find great BBQ in this town but finally visited this place after it was suggested to me by a friend some months ago. It...

San Francisco

A bit of the Basque region of Spain: Piperade. Intimate dining near the Exploratorium on Battery Street. It came highly recommended and the menu looked very interesting so it was...

San Francisco

Coffee fix: Blue Bottle Coffee. One of several locations in the Bay Area this one is in the Ferry Building. They have espresso down to an art but also offer, not only...

San Francisco

Frenetic Mexican: La Taqueria. You need to visit this place just to watch what goes on at lunch or dinner. The line is out the door and the seating is...

San Francisco

In the Ferry Building: Fog Hollow Farm. Need a quick fix…..pastry, soup, sandwich, coffee or farm to table fruits?…..then this is a good option. It’s basically a take away place...

San Francisco

At Hotel Griffon: Perry’s. One of 2 locations in the city, this one fronts the Embarcadero. The alfresco area on a nice day would be a show stopper. Just had...

San Francisco

Vietnamese in the Ferry Terminal: The Slanted Door. I tried this place a few years ago and don’t remember coming away impressed despite its renown. This visit was more to...

San Francisco

Drinks anyone? Wayfare Tavern. Stopped by for a drink and some light appetizers before dinner. This is a very popular spot for…….you didn’t guess it…..fried chicken! We’ll have to try...

Seattle

Return visit: Bar Cantinetta. Our prior visit was for a wine tasting menu and I wasn’t that impressed with the food but I thought we should give it another try……I...

Seattle

Meeting at SeaTac: The Conference Center at SEA. I gotta quit eating like this….at another meeting. Nice space for a smaller meeting and convenient via the Link Light Rail. Otherwise,...

Bellevue WA

Bakery near the convention center: The French Bakery. Had a meeting at the Bellevue Convention Center and needed a quick bite to eat before sitting in a room all day...

Seattle

Thai in Maple Leaf: Ban Hua Sai. Decided to give this place a try based on reviews indicating it was the best Thai in the area and we needed a quick...

Seattle

Late night cookies: Midnight Cookie Co. Have a craving for cookies in the middle of the night?……they deliver until 3 am! Just choose your delivery service…..Uber Eats, Grubhub, etc. Note...

Seattle

Interesting experience: Manolin. Had an opportunity to have early dinner and this seemed like a good place for the experience since they opened for happy hour early in the afternoon...

Seattle

Street party: Off the Rez. Invited by friends to a Saturday night block party……with a food truck. Their claim to fame is that it’s the only Native American food truck...

Seattle

Georgetown vibe: Ciudad. Not sure how to describe this place…..Spanish……Middle Eastern…..or? They describe themselves as “flavors from the East, vibes from the West” and I think they are spot on...

Chelan WA

Bakery option: Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery. Nice option for a coffee and pastries besides the ubiquitous Starbucks…..which is essentially next door to this strip mall location. The croissants were quite...

Chelan WA

BBQ in Chelan, Really? BBQ in the Vineyard. Highlight of this trip to Chelan. It just reopened the week we were there……note as of the date of this posting it...

Seattle

On my list: Flintcreek Cattle Co. This is the sister restaurant to Rockcreek and, as expected, it’s the turf version although they do have a vegetarian and seafood option on...

Gulfport MS

Unique experience: Tamale Shak. It’s all about the space….cinder block and funky…..and the food is very good too! It’s small…really small but you’ll want to spend some time looking at...

Gulfport MS

Lunch spot: Courtside Café. Local knowledge required: at the Bayou Bluff Tennis Club and while all the signage states members only, non members are allowed to visit the cafe. The...

Pass Christian MS

Great spot for a coffee or latte….and a book: Cat Island Coffeehouse. Great coffee and views from this quaint spot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Excellent alfresco experience on the...

Gulfport MS

A classic: The Chimneys. Beautiful setting under live oaks on the beach. This is the second iteration of this well known restaurant…the first, like much of this area, was destroyed...

United States

The Eating Places: James Beard Award Winners 2018. Best new restaurant: JuneBaby, Seattle. Outstanding restaurant: Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham. Rising star chef of the year: Camille Cogswell, Zahav, Philly. Outstanding pastry...

Seattle

Nice spot in Pioneer Square with a great name: Damn the Weather. Business meeting downtown with an option to eat here or back at work…..decisions, decisions….so I made the hard...

Seattle

An old favorite: Boat Street Kitchen (Cafe). It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to this little jewel but my first experience was when it was in the...

San Diego

Captive audience: Urban Crave. Located at the Alaska gates in terminal 1 of the San Diego airport this is an option…especially if your flight is delayed an hour…..due to the...

San Diego

A pleasant surprise: Puesto. One of several locations of this small chain; this location was across the street from the Grand Hyatt and therefore very convenient for a quick lunch....

Seattle

Seattle Malasadas: General Porpoise. One of several locations of this very popular spot for doughnuts…..better described as malasadas….the Portuguese variety of doughnut. Very nice open space which would be great...