The Catfish House, Clarksville, Tennessee: Epitome of Comfort Food

Combine the personal touches of a restaurant that is family-owned and family-operated with a menu full of popular Southern specialties nestled in the hills of Tennessee, and the result is The Catfish House in Clarksville. Address: 1461 Zinc Plant Road, Clarksville, Tennessee Menu: The entree offerings at The Catfish House are simple: catfish, steaks, seafood…

It’s All About The Meat at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Austin

“It’s All About The Meat” at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Austin Texas.  Once you visit you will understand why – their savory meats are juicy and seasoned perfectly. Celebrating the history of Congress Avenue in the early 20th century, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que brings delicious food, live music, and local flare to…

Toast Kitchen + Bakery: Costa Mesa, California

Dunch, donations, and dedication to comfort food with a twist, Toast Kitchen + Bakery treat lunch and dinner (dunch) patrons to unique dishes and flavor combinations. More than that, however, are the 10% profits going to local charities personally checked by the Executive Chef and Co-Owner, John Park. With the ability to create flavors that…

Big Island Aloha Mix Food Truck, Naalehu

The Southernmost Food Truck in the USA, the Aloha Mix Food Truck, sits with six picnic tables in the owner’s grassy front yard right in the middle of the small town Naalehu on The Big Island of Hawaii. As we deboarded our flight to Kona, the man in front of us was telling his seatmates…

Flavor Blossoms at Thai Bloom, Beaverton, Oregon

Thai Bloom is renowned for its authentic Thai food and has a reputation as one of the best Thai restaurants in the Beaverton area. Location: Thai Bloom is located at 3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon. Menu: Thai Bloom offers a large menu of traditional Thai dishes including appetizers, curry dishes, noodles, soups, stir-fries,…

Holler and Dash Biscuit House in Celebration, Florida

With a mission to make the world better, one biscuit at a time, Holler and Dash updates comfort food and redefines fast food. Owned by Cracker Barrel, Holler and Dash has been described as the “Cracker Barrel for Millennials.”   I stopped in for a quick bite of sustenance before a day of adventure in Kissimmee,…

Eat Like a Local: The Lighthouse Café & Deli–San Pedro, California

When the prime rib is tender and tasty, the chicken fried steak is obviously made from scratch, the whiteboard specials include Cajun snapper with a fresh tomato spinach salsa, the room is full of locals, and the staff laughs a lot… well, you know you’re where you ought to be eating. Add in an oceanside…

The State Room in East Lansing, Michigan

It’s a Wednesday evening at The State Room and here’s the scene – in a semi-private area of the restaurant there’s an event dinner teaching food and wine pairings. In another area, hotel guests are conducting a business dinner, and our table is celebrating my birthday. A lot is going on yet, the servers are…

Jaleo: Rousing Success in Disney Springs, Florida

The long-awaited Orlando opening of Jaleo by Jose Andres is a stunning success. The largest of his restaurants, so far, gleams and amazes its diners, both visually and gastronomically. Location: 1482 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, Florida (inside Disney Springs) Menu: The menu at Jaleo consists of Spanish cuisine presented in an extensive variety of tapas,…