Cheese Curds, Burgers and Boozy Shakes at DLUX in Madison, Wisconsin

There is no question, DLUX is a Wisconsin-spun burger and shake joint. One glance at the appetizers of Fried Cheese Curds, Fried Pickles and Buffalo Chicken Nachos smothered in bleu cheese and it is obvious the menu is locally inspired. Does anyone dare to order a burger without cheese in Wisconsin? Location: 117 Martin Luther…

Peasant Cookery in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Stepping into Peasant Cookery’s dining room was like going back to a twentieth-century French farmhouse. Quart-sized home-canned jars of pickled vegetables lined the window sills, added to the farmhouse feel. A wine barrel transformed into a table held their signature wheat bundle, while a vintage four-panel etched-glass screen divided the host stand from the rest…

Gray’s on Main: Anchor of Downtown Franklin, Tennessee

Located in an 1876 Victorian-style building and sporting a neon sign that has been a fixture on Main Street in Franklin, Tennessee, since 1952, Gray’s on Main is a popular restaurant featuring imaginative dishes with a Southern twang. Location: 332 Main Street, Franklin, Tennessee Menu: The menu is seasonal, subject to the availability of produce and the…

Cannon + Belle: Texas-Style Comfort Food with a Twist, in Austin, Texas

The City of Austin prides itself on being WEIRD. Odd, yet fantastic at the same time. Inspired by this weirdness, Cannon + Belle Restaurant provides locally sourced Texas comfort food with an unpredictable twist. You can find local kombucha on tap, brick oven breakfast pizza, mac ‘n’ cheese with burnt brisket ends, pork chops with…

Deli in Èze, France: Casual Dining Near the Summit

Situated 430m (1,411 feet) above the Mediterranean, Èze (in my opinion) is the most picturesquely perched village in France, and if it’s not on your bucket list, it should be. This famous medieval village has been called an “eagle’s nest” due to its location. As you make your way from the base to the top, you ascend…

A Single Pebble: Classic Chinese Cuisine in Burlington, Vermont

A Single Pebble is a restaurant that not only serves delicious Chinese food; it also encourages guests to sit and linger over conversation around the table. All the dishes served “family” style, arrive as soon as prepared. Round tables, outfitted with Lazy Susans, allow the plates to spin so that diners can help themselves to…

Castle Bled Restaurant Review: A Fairytale Experience in Slovenia

I have been fortunate to experience many outstanding restaurants throughout the world in my travels. My dinner at Castle Bled Restaurant may take the award for the most fantastic view. Perched atop a rocky outcrop 130 meters above glacial Lake Bled in , Castle Bled is the oldest medieval castle in Slovenia. Panoramic views of…

Zero Waste Dining at Instock Restaurant, Amsterdam

In Amsterdam (and now in two other Dutch cities), it’s easy and lovely to eat a fine meal and also help the planet. At Instock Restaurant in the Oosterpark neighborhood just outside the historic canal belt, food waste is turned into creative cuisine. Think ugly but perfectly edible fruits and vegetables, one-day-old bread, bycatch fish,…

Tapas at La Rambla Restaurant & Bar, McMinnville, Oregon

Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become a popular destination for wine touring. The valley produces some of the finest wines in the country, with a special emphasis on award-winning Pinot Noirs. And where there is good wine, you’re going to get really fine food. McMinnville, Oregon makes a wonderful base for wine touring in the valley….

Gandy Dancer: Fine Dining in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Starting with a faint rumble, it becomes louder, and then the vibration begins. A passenger train roars past, with a friendly toot of the horn, and Gandy Dancer’s diners break into applause as the train safely passes the restaurant. It’s a tradition. Location: The Gandy Dancer located at 401 Depot Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan….