The French Market and Tavern: Popular Eatery in Locust Grove, Georgia

With a population of less than 6000, Locust Grove, Georgia is getting plenty of attention because of The French Market and Tavern in its historic downtown right by the railroad tracks. French Market is a one-stop location for eating, drinking, and shopping. Location: 3840 Highway 42, Locust Grove, Georgia Menu: The French Market and Tavern is open for…

Blue Heaven in Key West, Florida

I was chatting with a local artist in a gallery on Duval Street when we realized it was time for lunch. I asked for a recommendation. “Where the locals eat,” I prompted. Blue Heaven was his pick.  We were directed just a few blocks off the busy main drag of , walking to the historic…

Vast Greek Menu at Royal Rose Diner, Huntsville, Alabama

With over 300 items on the menu at the Royal Rose Diner in Huntsville, Alabama, owners George and Tatiana Kontoulakos aim to please every hungry customer who walks in their door. George’s 50+ years in the kitchen and Tatiana’s meticulous attention to administrative details make a perfect partnership, and Huntsville eaters reap the benefits. Location: 1009 Memorial Parkway…

Stiltsville Fish Bar an Homage to the Flavor of Old Florida

In 1938, “Crawfish” Eddie Walker, a man famous for crawfish chowder, built a bar on top of stilts to sell beer and bait. The bar, constructed a mile off of , became such a favorite place for fishermen that a few other folks decided to build shacks in the same area known as the flats….

Chobani Café in Tomball: So Much More Than Yogurt

Smoked salmon with herbed Labne on a sesame-crusted Turkish bagel. Kale Caesar, or a Roasted Beet and Quinoa Tabouleh. Or how about a breakfast bowl, the Mixed Berry Acai, consisting of honey puffed grains, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, toasted coconut, hazelnuts, mint and acai powder? Or Hummus and Za’atar? As I perused the menu I wondered…

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…

Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans: 100 Years of Excellence:

Few restaurants can claim a century of dishing up some of finest Creole cuisine. However, Arnaud’s is set to accomplish that in 2018. Perhaps it’s the spirit of the original owner, . A French wine salesman here was a man who felt “…the pursuit of the pleasures of the table is as worthy as anything else…

Rolf’s: Traditional German Fare in the Heart of Gramercy Park, New York

Rolf’s German Restaurant has stood proudly in New York’s Gramercy Park neighborhood for fifty years. An institution in the city, Rolf’s is famous for its authentic Alsatian/Bavarian cuisine, German beer, and Glühwein (mulled wine). Rolf’s is also wildly popular over the holidays due to the antique Christmas decorations that cover nearly every inch of space…

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…