Art, Brew and Local Food at 712 Eat + Drink in Council Bluffs, Iowa

“Details are the difference between good and great.”  This is the concept followed by owners Janie and Ryan Rogers and Brandon Juon, three life-long residents of Council Bluffs, Iowa who operate 712 Eat + Drink. The restaurant is named for the local area code.  Located just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska, this neighborhood…

A Farm to Table Dinner at The Wildflower Cafe in Mason, Ohio

The goal of the owners of the Wildflower Café is to lovingly serve delicious food that has grown with integrity from local and organic farms.  Mission accomplished.  Quality local ingredients, minimal environmental impact, and sustainable local economics are the cornerstone of this farm to table restaurant.  The menu never gets old, as it is always…

A Taste of Munich in Columbus, Ohio at The Hofbrauhaus

Four hundred years after Bavarian Kings started brewing beer in , der Staatliche’s Hofbrauhaus in Munich has licensed its recipes in Columbus, Ohio. The Hofbrauhaus in Columbus offers authentic , , traditional German music, and a festive atmosphere in a city that used to only celebrate its German ancestry at Oktoberfest in the Fall. Location:  …

The Tides Restaurant in Bodega Bay – Site of The Birds

Its claim to fame is being the restaurant in the 1963 thriller .  That building is long gone, but the name remains – The Tides – as does an interesting display on the wall, complete with photos, newspaper articles and other artifacts telling about the making of the movie and Bodega Bay’s role in the…

Mad Ox Bakery in Council Bluffs, Iowa

When Matthew and Karris Maddox decided to leave their bakery jobs at the Hy-Vee grocery store, they knew they wanted to start something combining their professional skills with their hobbies and interests.  “We love hanging out with friends, playing board games, and reading comic books.” Karris explained.  “So, we created a bakery where our customers…

Stay Sweet, Nicola’s Brings Bakery to Council Bluffs, Iowa

Stay Sweet, Nicola’s is a special-order bakery featuring designer cakes, cookies, gluten-free, vegan, wholesale and more. Nicola Shartrand and her husband John also own and operate Nicola’s Italian Wine and Fare across the Missouri River in Omaha, Nebraska. When Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh dined at the Shartrand’s Omaha restaurant he tasted Nicola’s Divine Lemon…

Farm to Table at The Red Feather Kitchen in Cincinnati, Ohio

Innovation, rough luxury, and honoring those who work to bring the products to the table is how the purveyors of this upscale farm to table restaurant want you to remember them.  Open less than four years, The Red Feather Kitchen is a hidden gem on a busy Cincinnati street, and worth the stop. Location: 3200…

May River Grill – Just Dinner in Bluffton, South Carolina

Can a fine dining restaurant survive being open six days a week for four hours each night?  Industry experts might say no, but Executive Chef Charlie Sternburgh of the May River Grill tried it in 2007 and he is still going strong. The secret?  Make it about the food.  If it is fresh, local and…