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 Meal in the Forest at The Gastrognome, Idyllwild, California

Perched under the tall pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, right in the center of the idyllic mountain village of Idyllwild, California, is The Gastrognome Restaurant… or as locals call it, The Gnome. Like a rustic throwback Alpine chalet, but with a sun-drenched wooden dining deck and serving up-to-date New American Cuisine, this popular site…

Galley and Garden: Luxury Dining in Birmingham, Alabama

Chef James Boyce, the owner of three popular restaurants in Alabama’s Rocket City of Huntsville, , was persuaded to offer his culinary talents to the people of Birmingham. Galley and Garden, open since fall of 2014, has a location on Highland Avenue that is perfect for diners looking for an outstanding meal in an elegant setting….

Café Rama: Bistro, Bar, and Art Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Quirky, amusing, one-of-a-kind, best describes Café Rama. From the outside, the restaurant appears compact and unassuming, but once you step through the threshold, you’ve entered a sizable wonderland of whimsy. Original artwork covers the walls; unmatched chandeliers cascade from the ceiling, old-school cartoons grace the big screens; this is funk at its best. And the…

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…

Philippe The Original French Dipped Sandwiches in Downtown Los Angeles, CA

When you head to Philippe the Original in Downtown Los Angeles, you’re not just going to a great deli/restaurant. You’re heading into a landmark. A favorite with local workers on lunch break, high-class concert goers, Dodger fans pre or post-game, and pretty much anyone else who’s ever been there, Philippe’s has been a downtown fixture…

Cheap Eats in Paris at L’As du Fallafel

Rare comes the time when the image of cool cream enters your mind. Laid like a blanket over vegetables and vast balls of chickpeas, cradled between a soft pillowy pita. Delectable, mouth-watering thoughts as soon as you hear this restaurant’s name. It happens, my friend, once you’ve experienced wrapping your mouth around the famous falafel…

Toro Tapas: Lunch With a Royal View in Madrid, Spain

Situated on a busy pedestrian square, the terrace of Toro Tapas offers a spectacular view. The statue-lined paths of the Plaza de Oriente are straight ahead; adjacent is the Opera House. Look past the plaza; your reward is a sweeping view of the enormous east facade of the Royal Palace of Madrid. If location is…

The Paris Cafe, One of New York’s Oldest Pubs

The Paris Café has been a fixture on historic South Street since 1873. Known as one of the oldest pubs in New York City, the restaurant is right across the road from the East River. It has a view of the stately Brooklyn Bridge from the outdoor seating that wraps around the restaurant. South Street,…

The Willard: Homey in Franklin, Indiana

The expansive covered porch, the beautiful woodwork inside, and the neon sign hanging by the bar are the first indications of the comfortable experience you’ll have at The Willard. Exposed brick walls create a homey feel in each of the dining rooms. As soon as you step inside, it’s apparent that this is a place…