Smith: Rustic Comfort in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Smith offers a fine dining experience in a comfortable rustic atmosphere. The restaurant’s name, Smith, is a nod to blacksmiths, with an abundance of black metal in the industrial exposed ceiling, around the bar, in the dining chairs, and light fixtures. Location: Smith located inside the Inn at the Forks at 75 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg,…

The Hardware Store Restaurant: Great Food & Meeting Place on Vashon Island

A quick ferry ride from either Seattle or Tacoma, the Hardware Store Restaurant has become a local favorite on Vashon Island. The restaurant was created with a vision of providing great food and a community gathering place. Vision accomplished! Location:  17601 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, Washington Menu: The Hardware Store Restaurant provides typical northwest fare for…

The Knickerbocker: New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Knickerbocker: New Holland Brewing is a restaurant, brewery, and distillery all combined into one 40,000 square foot venue. A lot is going on here, appealing to all five senses: live music, games in the open-air courtyard, brewery, and distillery tours, shopping in the on-site store, and farm-to-fork food cooked in a wood-fired oven. Location:…

Burgers and Spooks at The Haunted Hamburger, Jerome, Arizona

A Haunted Hamburger joint? Indeed. Who could resist the idea of eating a Ghostly Hamburger in a “living ghost town” with a 100-mile Arizona view to die for? Not me, that’s for sure. And not you, either, if you’re smart and find yourself anywhere near Jerome, Arizona. Plastered right onto the side of a steep…

Burger Study-Back to School in Downtown Indianapolis

Burger Study is the casual companion to the Indianapolis icon, St. Elmo’s. Opened just around the corner from St. Elmo’s in 2017, the collegiate theme fits perfectly in downtown , home of the NCAA Hall of Champions and host to many collegiate and professional sporting events. Whether you find yourself in Indy to see the…

Public Greens Urban Kitchen in Indianapolis, Indiana

Imagine being able to watch your dinner grow as you enter the restaurant. This is how it works at Public Greens Urban Kitchen in Indianapolis, Indiana. The restaurant employs a dedicated farmer to cultivate the block long urban garden of crops and edible flowers along Indy’s Monon Trail. Even better, the profits from every bite you…

The Club: Switzerland Meets Texas at Barons CreekSide

When Daniel Meyer was on his cross-country trip visiting the United States from his native , he stopped midway in central Texas. Some locals told him he should really try to spend some time in Fredericksburg, the quintessential town. Meyer immediately fell in love with the area and decided to buy some property and build…

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…

The Trap for Lobster Rolls in Ogunquit, Maine

The best reasons to visit the coast of are the spectacular Atlantic coastal views and lobster. The Trap on Perkins Cove offers both. It’s not fancy or complicated, just fresh right off the boat. It doesn’t get any better.  The Trap opened in 2017.  The restaurant is new and the interior modern and renovated. The…

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…