Artfully Presented Dishes at Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge, Colorado

No matter the season, the Blue River Bistro is the perfect ending to a day on the mountain. The restaurant combines casual and sophistication to create an attractive atmosphere, where you’ll still feel at home in jeans. Location: Blue River Bistro located at 305 N. Main Street in Breckenridge, . Menu: This 100-seat modern Italian-American…

Eat Oysters at Oceana Grill in New Orleans

“Eat Oysters, Get Lucky,” screams the multi-colored neon sign over the bar. Oceana Grill is located in a 200-year-old house and serves contemporary Louisiana fare with an emphasis on the bounty of the Gulf, including those oysters you’ll need to “get lucky” — fresh, chargrilled, or Rockefeller. Location: Oceana Grill located at 739 Conti Street…

Cosmos: Wood-Fired Pizza in Lansing, Michigan

Cosmos Restaurant is a combination of sci-fi and out of this world wood-fired pizza pie. Cosmos make their gourmet pizza in a wood-fired pizza oven that results in a thin and crispy crust. The charred and slightly smoky edges are brushed with olive oil when it comes out of the oven. The olive oil keeps…

Diamond Jim Brady’s Bistro Bar in Novi (Detroit), Michigan

Diamond Jim Brady’s Bistro Bar has been a area institution since 1954. James Buchanan Brady, aka , made millions from selling railroad supplies, wore flashy jewelry, and ate twelve-course gourmet meals. His culinary prowess made him a well-known figure in the food world. The restaurant’s current chef-owner, Mary Brady’s father-in-law James Brady shared Diamond Jim’s…

Cygnus27: Latin-Inspired Cuisine in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Cygnus27, named for the constellation, sent me over the moon with its Latin-inspired dishes. The panoramic night views make the city lights reminiscent of stars. A sprinkle of twinkling lights against a golden sheer fabric backdrop continues the celestial theme. Location: Cygnus27 located at 187 Monroe Avenue NW on the twenty-seventh floor, Tower Side, of…

Gratzi: Northern Italian Cuisine in Ann Arbor, Michigan

After dining at Gratzi, it seems to be the perfect name for this northern Italian restaurant. While I’m sure, the name is a nod in thanks from the restaurant to the diner, as the diner, the service, the food, and the ambiance are all reasons to be thankful for this experience. Location: Gratzi located at…

Fresh Mediterranean Cuisine at Zaytoon Mediterranean in Lansing, Michigan

Zaytoon (Arabic for olive) the Mediterranean, is a healthy alternative to fast food. As their tagline says, “Fast Food – Cooked Slow.” Their Mediterranean cuisine focuses on the and with an American twist. The emphasis is scratch cooking from fresh ingredients, when possible, but never frozen. For example, making hummus is a slow three-day process….

Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Florida

Florida’s oldest restaurant, the Columbia Restaurant combines Spanish and Cuban food, with art and entertainment, to make a fun-filled meal any day of the week. It’s also the largest Spanish restaurant in the world with 1,700 seats encompassing an entire city block. Location: The Columbia Restaurant is located at 2117 East 7th Avenue, in the…

The Common Grill in Chelsea, Michigan Isn’t Common

In a charming southeast Michigan town with a population of just over 5,000, you find a bustling restaurant that seats 150 people. The Common Grill is an upscale American Bistro with a seafood emphasis. Executive Chef and owner Craig Common is at the helm of this destination restaurant, where he flies in fresh seafood daily….

Tomato Brothers, Italian Cuisine in Howell, Michigan

Tomato Brothers is a family-friendly Italian restaurant that our smiling server describes as, “It’s like eating homemade, without having to cook.” I have to agree with her; the scratch-made Italian food tastes like an Italian grandmother is in the kitchen. Location: Tomato Brothers located at 3030 West Grand River in Howell, . Menu: The menu…