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Avec is open seven days a week and has remained in my rotation and recommendation list since it opened in 2003. The full menu is available at the bar if […]


Brunch with a side of southern hospitality for the last meal of my Nashville food trip. Husk Nashville Glass sculpture at Husk One of the dining areas at Husk A […]

Henrietta Red

Brunch at Henrietta Red by partner/chef Julia Sullivan, who previously worked at Per Se and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Main dining room at Henrietta Red Catch of the day […]

Bastion (Kitchen)

We were lucky to have both Josh Habiger and Trevor Moran cooking for us, as we took the last seating of the night at Bastion. Josh and Trevor have both worked […]


Daisies hosted an Indian-influenced, contemporary food collaboration event with three other Chicago food businesses, a San Francisco food truck, and a restaurant from Miami. The event was called Desi at Daisies. […]


We ordered everything. Tasting Menu $85 (a la carte menu available) Chef David Posey Tips – Eat outside by the fireplace – Save room for dessert Click here to see […]

Whiteface Lodge

This was my first trip to upstate New York and I was surprised how much it reminded me of Northern California and parts of Colorado. It’s mountainous, full of breathtaking […]

Thai Cafe

Thai Cafe is located 23 miles west of Chicago in Downers Grove. There is a counter with several stools plus two small tables. Everything we tried isn’t pictured, but all […]


Sepia has a new baby sister who lives next door. Her name is Proxi. Open for dinner, Proxi serves contemporary street food-inspired dishes in Chicago’s West Loop. Proxi bar Proxi […]

Momofuku Ko

What Makes a Meal Memorable? A tasting menu is a meal made up of several predetermined courses, for a fixed price. The portions are smaller but more dishes are included, so […]

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Before my dinner at the restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, I had read about the impact the restaurant has had over the years, by connecting people with food. I […]

Flora Bar

Located in the basement of The Met Breuer is the latest restaurant venture by business partners Thomas Carter and chef Ignacio Mattos. Flora Bar serves tapas style small plates influenced […]


We know that vegetables are better for you than Twinkies. We’ve heard about Superfoods and how blueberries provide more benefits than apples. What happens when you explore this concept further […]

Llama Inn

My hairdresser took notice as I was editing food photos on my phone. She gave me a list of her favorite local Peruvian restaurants and mentioned that her brother “cooks […]


Elevated Mexican food in a casual setting. Cosme Open space dining room and bar at Cosme. Communal restroom sinks Egg Sope, Chorizo, Refried Black Beans, Mushrooms, Queso Fresco ($24) Uni […]

Don Antonio (Keste)

    A few years ago in New York, I had a Neapolitan style pizza with an incredible pistachio pesto sauce. Lo and behold, the same company had an outpost […]

Empellon Midtown

Chef: Alex Stupak Tips: Bring a hearty appetite for the Crab Uni Nachos. Save room for the desserts and order all of them. Empellon Open kitchen at Empellon Sticky Rice Tamal […]

Sixteen Chicago

Dinner at Sixteen Sixteen offers tasting menu options for dinner with a wide variety of options. Choose one item from each section to build a 3-course dinner Order the set […]


Quiote serves lunch in their front room with tacos and tortas as the main fare. Chef: Dan Salls Tip: The main shelf by the hostess stand is filled with various […]

Maple & Ash

Maple & Ash recently started serving Sunday buffet brunch. It’s posh, it’s fun and it’s $40 for unlimited filet mignon. Brunch There are two to four items at each station offering […]


Sepia offers both lunch and dinner in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Their wine program has received numerous accolades on the national level and the restaurant has received a […]

Xerta Restaurant

Chef Fran López trained in Barcelona then went to Paris for a three-month stage for Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athenee. He ended up working there for three years. He and his brother opened El […]

El Camello Jr | Tulum

El Camello Jr is an open-air restaurant in downtown Tulum frequented by tourists and locals. Known for their seafood tacos, ceviche and fried fish. Big portions. Small prices. My friends […]

Taqueria Honorio

In the town of Tulum, Mexico, there is one restaurant that a lot of people will tell you to go for tacos. However they don’t serve dinner and if you plan on […]


  Hartwood restaurant in Tulum, Mexico makes every effort to reduce wasteful practices. Food waste is broken down and turned into compost. Solar energy powers the music and lights, Kerosene […]

Taqueria La Eufemia

Info Taqueria La Eufemia | Tulum, Quintana Roo | 01 984 169 5353 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


Tasting Menu Beverages Info Oriole | 661 W Walnut St, Chicago IL | 312 877 5339 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

Three Dots and a Dash

The James Beard Foundation Awards are awards that recognize top culinary industry professionals in the United States. Category winners include: writers, media, chefs, service, beverage, restaurant designers and culinary educators. It’s an exciting […]

Boka Backyard BBQ

Boka hosted Shake Shack, Milk Bar Bakery and Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits for a backyard barbecue the week of the James Beard Awards ceremony. Guests feasted on pork tacos served […]


I was familiar with David Posey’s cooking talent from when he was chef de cuisine at Blackbird restaurant in Chicago. Back then, I didn’t follow restaurants or knew who was creating my dishes. […]

Quiote | The Mezcal Bar

Finding a good place to eat is always a challenge. Everyone has to agree and there are too many places to decide. Finding a good place open on a Monday night […]


Acadia is a restaurant in Chicago where you can order a tasting menu that is 5, 10, or more courses long. But what’s special about Acadia is you can also sit in the […]

Café Marie-Jeanne | The California Clipper

Café Marie-Jeanne Café Marie-Jeanne is an easy-going bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, drawing its inspiration from Montreal, Quebec and Paris. The California Clipper The California Clipper Lounge is a bar […]

Emerald Chinese Cuisine

Dim sum lunch with my friend from boarding school. Info Emerald Chinese Cuisine | 3709 Convoy St, San Diego CA | 858 565 6888 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


Puesto serves upscale Mexican street food with an emphasis on freshness. The open air space (La Jolla location) is colorful and lively with views of the kitchen along the back […]

Ken Sushi Workshop

Modern Japanese restaurant with sushi bar Info Ken Sushi Workshop | 11375 El Camino Real, San Diego CA | 858 793 1200 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr 11375 El Camino Real #120, San Diego, CA

The Dearborn

Theater district dining open for lunch, brunch and dinner. The Fish and Chips are fantastic and their gnocchi are like pillows. Info The Dearborn | 145 N Dearborn St, Chicago IL | 312 […]

Mirai Sushi

Mirai Sushi – Gold Coast Location The Bar at The Peninsula Chicago Info Mirai Sushi | 990 N Mies Van Der Rohe Way, Chicago IL | 312 280 9100 The Peninsula Chicago […]

NoMI Kitchen

Fresh wasabi is something I don’t see often in Chicago. Roka Akor was a lovely recent dinner where I had it. I was looking for more sushi spots that have fresh wasabi and […]

Oyster Bah

Lettuce Entertain You’s New England-inspired casual seafood restaurant. Info Oyster Bah | 1962 N Halsted St, Chicago IL | 773 248 3000 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


Boka serves creative, contemporary American food using seasonal Midwestern ingredients in an elegant but non-formal setting. There are different dining sections, a bar area, and a cozy back patio open […]


I had always imagined Cajun/Creole seafood boil restaurants as hyper, boisterous places where you get messy. Lowcountry was relaxed, happy, bright and clean and the sound level was surprisingly quiet. […]

3 Greens Market

3 Greens Market is several of the Hogsalt Hospitality restaurants rolled into one. Besides the Small Cheval burger and Chilaquiles (weekends only) from Au Cheval, there are Doughnut Vault donuts, […]

Roka Akor

Roka Akor is a Japanese sushi, seafood and steakhouse with two locations in the Chicago area and also in Scottsdale and San Francisco. Our server was quick and upbeat and the dining room […]

Revival Food Hall

Revival Food Hall is a food lover’s “dream team” food court. This place is massive, it’s busy, the selections are varied and it could take me weeks, maybe months to […]

GT Prime

GT Prime is elegant and beautifully designed. It’s modern and glamorous but doesn’t feel intimidating. The seating is comfortable but upright enough that you want to sit up straight and look your best. The lighting […]


Boka Chicago hosted Michael Tusk of 3-star Michelin restaurant Quince for a collaboration dinner highlighting black and white truffles. My friend and I were the first to arrive so it was nice to […]


Seasonal, chef-driven menu. Dinner Dessert Way Back When Info Entente | 3056 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL | 872 206 8553 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


There is a $25, 3-course prix fixe menu in Chicago that is a fantastic value for this level of cooking, service and ambience. The always reliably incredible, Blackbird. Lunch: 3-course tasting menu […]

The Modern

Lunch options at The Modern include a la carte dining in the bar area or tasting menus in the main dining room. The Modern serves refined, contemporary food in a bright […]

Gramercy Tavern

On weekends, Gramercy Tavern serves brunch in the bar area and offers tasting menus and a la carte items in the main dining room. It was Sunday so we opted […]

Momofuku Ko

The Restaurant Most of the seating encircles the open kitchen located in the center of the restaurant, with a few tables along the window and a few seats at the bar. The […]

Le Coucou

I first heard of Daniel Rose’s cooking from his restaurant Spring in Paris. Daniel is originally from the North Shore of Chicago so I was intrigued and finally had a chance to […]

Xi’an Famous Foods

There are 10 varying-menu Xi’an locations in the New York City area. I’m not sure I can fit in having these noodles again before my visit to NY is over, but […]


The fixed menu price at Contra is an incredible value. $67 for 6 courses. Dinner: 6-course tasting menu Price: $67 Info Contra | 138 Orchard St, New York, NY | 212 466 […]

Publican Tavern

For years after landing at O’Hare Airport, I have ordered Tortas Frontera sandwiches and guacamole to bring home and feed the family. On this trip, I arrived earlier in the day so […]


We landed in Montreal at the start of Restaurant Week, the tasting menu included offal, which Lili.Co is known to often serve. We intended to eat a quick dinner and call it an early […]

St-Viateur Bagel

Smaller in size and more dense than the New York bagel, the bagels at St-Viateur are hand-rolled and available 24 hours a day at their landmark Montreal bakery. Their most […]