Café Coyote in San Diego, California

Café Coyote’s multi-sensory experience in a Mexican fiesta atmosphere made dinner a fun experience. It’s easy to see why they have been rated the number one Mexican restaurant in Old Town, San Diego for 15 consecutive years. Location: Café Coyote, located at 2461 San Diego Avenue in San Diego’s Old Town neighborhood. Menu: Café Coyote…

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….

Rovino, Italian Cuisine in San Diego, California

When eating your way through San Diego’s Little Italy, a stop at the award-winning Rovino is required. The name Rovino is a combination of rotisserie plus wine, so you can expect to find an award-winning wine list and succulent rotisserie chicken. Location: Rovino, located at 2034 Kettner Boulevard in the Little Italy neighborhood of San…

Brunch at Eggshell Bistro in Carmel, Indiana

Walk through the door to Eggshell Bistro, and you’re immediately transported to Paris.  In the center of Indiana, Chef-owner Larry Hanes has created a Euro-influenced oasis. Some diners joke that it’s cheaper than a direct flight to Paris. Location: Eggshell Bistro located at 51 West City Center Drive on the City Center’s North side near…

Terra Nomad in Bismarck, North Dakota

Promoted as a meeting place for the modern-day nomad, Terra Nomad has a café atmosphere that serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. It’s the perfect place to meet up with a group of friends in a relaxed setting. Location: Terra Nomad located at 514 East Main Avenue in downtown, Bismarck, North Dakota. Menu: They have a…

Sorellina, Italian Cuisine in Boston, Massachusetts

Sorellina, “little sister” in Italian, may be a bit of a misnomer for this complex restaurant serving upscale Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is more like the sophisticated older sister, dressed for a night on the town. Location: Sorellina, located at 1 Huntington Avenue in the Copley Square area of Boston, Massachusetts. Menu: Chef Owner Jamie…

Brunch at Butterhorn in Bismarck, North Dakota

Chef Stephanie Miller’s first childhood food memory is sitting on the kitchen counter, watching her grandmother make butterhorn rolls. Today the light and fluffy croissant-shaped dinner rolls are central to her restaurant, Butterhorn. You’ll find them served at brunch with cinnamon butter, seasonal jam, and vanilla frosting. At dinner, butter and salt accompany the butterhorns….

Tina’s Traditional Tea Room & Tavern in Carmel, Indiana

One would expect to find authentic Queen’s Royal High Tea at Tina’s Traditional Tea Room & Tavern; but the heartier fare was a surprise. Yes, Tina’s Traditional Tea Room has English high tea, but she also serves meaty sausage rolls, ploughman’s platters, and Cornish pasties. Location: Tina’s Traditional Tea Room & Tavern is at 30…

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…