Review: Merriman’s Flagship Restaurant in Waimea

Who would expect the Best Big Island Restaurant to be located in the hills of Waimea’s cowboy country, away from Kona and Hilo? Merriman’s Flagship Restuarant in Waimea has offered authentic Hawaiian cuisine for 30 years like none other. For the last 18 years, they have earned the Gold Hale ‘Aina Award for Best Big…

Five and Ten: Creative Southern Dining in Athens, Georgia

A meal at Five and Ten is guaranteed to be an outstanding experience from walking through the door to the last bite of dessert. Afterall, Five and Ten’s Executive Chef and Owner, Hugh Acheson, was a James Beard nominee for Best Chef in the Southeast in 2012 and has just been announced as a 2019…

Cafe Aqua Azul in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Location, Location, Location.  It matters in the restaurant business.  We found Café Aqua Azul because it was walking distance to our rental villa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.  We passed it every day on our walk from our villa atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean down to the beach.  Not only was the location…

La Terraza at the Gran Hotel– The Best View in Mexico City

Dining while taking in a great view—there’s something magical about the experience. And that magic is in full force at La Terraza Restaurant, at the Gran Hotel in Mexico City. The fifth-floor balcony restaurant and bar offers a sweeping vista of the grand urban square called the Zocalo, the pulsing heart at the core of…

Logan Tavern: Farm Fresh Dining in Washington, D.C.

Whether you’re planning a pre-theater dinner, a cocktail on the patio people-watching, or a casual weekend brunch, Logan Tavern is the perfect destination. Location: Logan Tavern located at 1423 P Street NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Menu: The menu highlighted American cuisine with a modern twist. For example, the chef added…

Chez Nous: Parisian Style Bistro in the Heart of Austin

Chez Nous, opened in 1982, is a Parisian style bistro known throughout Austin for its excellent food, impeccable service, and Parisian atmosphere. We stepped into the bistro and immediately were swept back to France – from the background music of the soft jazz trumpet, to walls covered with Parisian posters and pictures, to lace curtains…

Garden Bistro: In The Middle of Tohono Chul’s Gardens, Tucson

Tucked inside 49 magical acres of gardens and pathways is Tohono Chul Desert Bistro. Surrounded by desert plants teeming with flowers for the butterflies and birds, this oasis is located, surprisingly, just a step away from one of the busiest commercial and residential areas of Northwest Tucson. The warm ambiance will feed all of your…

Gettó Gulyás – Homespun Comfort Food in Budapest, Hungary

Gettó Gulyás is relatively unique in terms of restaurants in Budapest. It is neither a high-end establishment or a food truck selling cheap eats on the street. It is, in a few words, casual comfort. The kitchen serves Hungarian dishes like goulash, stuffed cabbage, and stews in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. It can…

New England Comes to the West Coast: Stonewall Kitchen, Costa Mesa

Classic Maine lobster dishes are the specialty of Stonewall Kitchen Café and Cooking School, so if you love lobster, you will not be disappointed here. It’s a new take on traditional favorites. Location: 3333 Bear Street inside Macy’s Home Store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California Menu: The casual dining menu features four…