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…

Gamlin Whiskey House in St. Louis, Missouri

With over 300 whiskeys in the Gamlin Whiskey House collection, you’re sure to find something to pair perfectly with your meal. Location: Gamlin Whiskey House located at 236 North Euclid Avenue in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. Menu: The menu at Gamlin Whiskey House is a traditional steakhouse menu with an…

Clyde’s in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

“I would rather eat in a saloon than drink in a restaurant,” Clyde’s founder Stuart Davidson would often remark. Clyde’s opened in 1963 as an American neighborhood bar, and it evolved to today’s farm-to-table dining through the sustenance of local farmers and artisans. Among the first in Washington, D.C. to describe their cuisine as locally-raised…

The Soup Spoon Café in Lansing, Michigan: More than Just Soup

The Soup Spoon Café is a bit of a misnomer for this homey café. While their soups are the perfect foil to Michigan’s cold winters, the menu presents a full breadth of offerings, that you’d never guess from the restaurant’s name. As the name indicates, this menu highlights soup and its accompaniments — sandwiches and…

Logan Tavern: Farm Fresh Dining in Washington, D.C.

Whether you’re planning a pre-theater dinner, a cocktail on the patio people-watching, or a casual weekend brunch, Logan Tavern is the perfect destination. Location: Logan Tavern located at 1423 P Street NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Menu: The menu highlighted American cuisine with a modern twist. For example, the chef added…

The English Inn: Fine Dining in Eaton Rapids, Michigan

The English Inn sits on the banks of the Grand River, with 16 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and groomed walking trails. Photographers delight in making images in the garden, antique buffs enjoy sneaking a peek at the sleeping rooms at inn, and foodies appreciate the fine dining. All of this makes the experience one…

Peasant Cookery in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Stepping into Peasant Cookery’s dining room was like going back to a twentieth-century French farmhouse. Quart-sized home-canned jars of pickled vegetables lined the window sills, added to the farmhouse feel. A wine barrel transformed into a table held their signature wheat bundle, while a vintage four-panel etched-glass screen divided the host stand from the rest…

Gandy Dancer: Fine Dining in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Starting with a faint rumble, it becomes louder, and then the vibration begins. A passenger train roars past, with a friendly toot of the horn, and Gandy Dancer’s diners break into applause as the train safely passes the restaurant. It’s a tradition. Location: The Gandy Dancer located at 401 Depot Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan….

ERA Bistro in Winnipeg, Manitoba: A Museum Bistro with Contemporary Flair

After a morning exploring the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the ERA Bistro is the perfect place to rest, recharge, and reflect. It’s also a great lunch destination while discovering all that Winnipeg has to offer. Location: ERA Bistro is inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at 85 Israel Asper Way in Winnipeg, ….

Occidental Grill: Washington D.C.

The Occidental Grill & Seafood Restaurant has stood the test of time in Washington D.C. for more than 110 years. Location: Occidental Grill & Seafood Restaurant located at 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. is just over a block from the White House. Find a great Washington DC hotel by visiting TripAdvisor (here) for…