California French Cuisine at Wild Garlic Grill, Tucson, Arizona

The upscale dining at The Wild Garlic Grill in Tucson’s Catalina Foothills is an ideal setting for that special occasion, date night, or a leisurely meal with friends. Upon entering, you smell garlic wafting and the tantalizing aromas of the meals being prepared. Immediately, inside the front doors, the busy, vibrant bar area is a…

The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Some say that eating really good food is a “religious experience.” At The Church Brew Works, they are not far from wrong. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church was established in 1902 serving the community for almost 100 years until the doors closed in 1993. The building lay dormant and untouched until the doors reopened…

Hamilton’s Grill Room: Romance in Lambertville, New Jersey

Hamilton’s Grill Room is set back from the street in a secluded courtyard in the charming town of Lambertville, New Jersey. The location, adjacent to a peaceful canal along the Delaware River, is private. In the spring and summer months, the lush plants and outdoor seating make you feel like you are in a special…

LuLu Craft Bar + Kitchen: Farm to Table in Washington State

It’s all about freshness – From Farm to Table – at Lu Lu Craft Bar + Kitchen, a Richland restaurant on the beautiful Columbia River in southeastern Washington State.  The Easterday family owns and runs LuLu’s. The family has been farming and ranching in the Columbia River Basin since 1958 and has a simple philosophy…

Fusion and Favorites at LIT Café in Anaheim, California

Fusion and favorites are on the menu at LIT Café. Bowls piled high with fresh, colorful ingredients make a mouthwatering meal engaging to the eye. And, petite pastry artworks like delicate meringue peaks and chocolate with berries desserts look too delicious to eat. But, eat you must because this beautiful fare is a tasty and…

Mani Osteria & Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan

In Italian, mani means hand made. An Italian eatery similar to a tavern is an osteria. Mani Osteria & Bar exemplifies hand made through pasta made in-house, along with the hand-made pizza crusts. They demonstrate the Italian Osteria as a gathering place through hospitality, and the local ingredients served. Small production wines complement the meals….

Wes-Man’s Restaurant: Southern Classics Near Cartersville, Georgia

Look for the vintage truck weighted down by daily coats of paint, and you’ll know you’re about to taste Wes Wesley’s brand of downhome Southern cooking at Wes-Man’s Restaurant right outside Cartersville, Georgia. Location: 3167 US-411, White, Georgia Menu: At Wes-Man’s Restaurant, a meat-and-three plate can be ordered with meat only, with vegetables only, or…

Full Stomach, Happy Heart La Fiesta, Martinsburg, Pennsylvania

When you leave La Fiesta you will be saying, “Barriga llena, corazón content” which means “Full stomach, happy heart.”  The food is absolutely delicious and the portions are huge!  The atmosphere and music make you feel like you are at a Mexican fiesta and you can’t help but feel jubilant. Seniors and senoritas alike will…

Mira Olas Restaurante Y Bar in Quepos, Costa Rica

A reputation for a spectacular view of the sunset is what attracted us to Mira Olas for an early dinner to satiate our voracious appetites after an afternoon of kayaking amongst the mangroves.  We were escorted by our kayaking guides as part of the tour, which can sometimes make me skeptical as to what the…

Departure Restaurant, at The Nines, Portland, Oregon

If you, like me, are a fan of TV cooking shows, especially Top Chef, then you really need to put the pan-Asian fusion restaurant Departure, in downtown Portland, Oregon, on your must-eat-at list. It’s helmed by Chef Gregory Gourdet, who was a Season 12 finalist. If you’re not a fan of the show, you still…