Shuck Oyster Bar in Costa Mesa, California

Grilled Spanish octopus makes a brilliant splash of color on a serving platter at Shuck Oyster Bar. The remarkable presentation, along with the cool freshness of oysters on the half shell, is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Location:  The Mix at SoCo, 3313 Hyland, #A1, Costa Mesa, California Menu:…

Homestyle Cooking at LARKS in Ashland, Oregon

In As You Like It, Shakespeare writes, “I almost die for food, and let me have it!” He would like the LARKS Home Kitchen Cuisine. It is THE place to eat in Ashland, Oregon before catching a performance at the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Or, really, just about anytime. The succulent and unexpected combinations are sure…

Home Style Breakfast at Red Cottage, Massachusetts

The 1950s is alive and well inside the Red Cottage Restaurant. From the yellow Formica counter with red swivel chairs to the black and white checked floor, the decor screams oldie but goodie. The friendly staff, even with the constant crowds, adds to the feeling that you stepped back in time. The breakfast is legendary here,…

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…

Step Back to Simpler Times – Ivy Stone, Osterburg, Pennsylvania

Slick’s Ivy Stone restaurant takes you back to a time when things were simple and home-cooking was the norm.  From the moment you enter you are stepping back to a different era.   Antiques decorate the waiting room.  An old time candy counter is near the checkout area.  The smell of home-cooked food permeates the air. …

Primarily Produce at Little Eater in Columbus, Ohio

Fresh, local vegetables are the focus of the menu at Little Eater.  Cara Mangini, owner and author of the award-winning cookbook, The Vegetable Butcher, takes healthy eating to a new level.  Mangini and her team have created a neighborhood restaurant that is simple and clean, as well as warm and inviting.  The goal is to…

The Range Cafe: New Mexican Comfort Food

Your taste buds will thank you when you eat at The Range Cafe in Las Vegas, New Mexico. On the Old Town square, inside the beautifully restored historic Plaza Hotel, you’ll feast on comfort food with a New Mexican twist. The red and green chile sauces, made with Certified New Mexico Chile, deliver an authentic…

El Vez, A “Mex-Eclectic” Spot in Philadelphia

El Vez is the furthest thing from ordinary Mexican fare. As soon as you enter the restaurant, your senses switch on. You immediately notice the flashy Vegas-style decor, with high backed maroon velvet banquettes and a glittery motorcycle floating above the dining room (think a movie set for a retro film). Next, you hear the…

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…

Mully’s Nacoochee Grill: Cozy Eatery in Helen, Georgia

Mully’s Nacoochee Grill in Helen, Georgia, is attracting diners from all over north Georgia with its wood-fire grilled entrees, trout and great music. Location: 7277 South Main Street, Helen, Georgia Menu: North Carolina trout is the best seller on Mully’s menu, but the shrimp and grits and baby back ribs come in a close second…