The Dead Fish: Elegant Surf and Turf on the Banks of the Napa River

Tucked away in Crockett, California, an hour outside of San Francisco where the San Pablo Bay meets the Napa River, lies a local favorite, The Dead Fish. Specializing in Pacific Coast Dungeness crab, The Dead Fish is an elegant Surf and Turf comfort food experience that draws you in with its charm and quality. It’s…

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…

Ristorante Miky in Monterosso: Fresh Goodness from the Sea in Cinque Terre

We were excited about visiting Ristorante Miky in lovely Monterosso, the northernmost of the 5 villages making up Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. Rick Steves is quoted as saying that Ristorante Miky is, “Quite possibly the best cuisine in Monterosso.” Although I obviously have not been to all of the restaurants in Monterosso, I…

Buccanos At Night, an Upscale Cozumel Delight

On a trip to , Mexico, I was privy to explore the island as a local would with a friend who lives there. Buccanos Grill & Beach Club is a beach club where a $15 admission price gets you into the private beachfront facility to enjoy water sports, a swimming pool, umbrellas and palapas, snorkeling,…

The Common Grill in Chelsea, Michigan Isn’t Common

In a charming southeast Michigan town with a population of just over 5,000, you find a bustling restaurant that seats 150 people. The Common Grill is an upscale American Bistro with a seafood emphasis. Executive Chef and owner Craig Common is at the helm of this destination restaurant, where he flies in fresh seafood daily….

Green Marlin Restaurant & Raw Bar in Vero Beach, Florida

Irish Pub meets Seafood Restaurant. The Green Marlin is owner Lou Kohbauer’s vision brought to life. Location: 1475 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, Florida Menu: Green Marlin’s cuisine is reflective of Lou Kohbauer’s desire to be the place in Vero Beach for fresh seafood and Irish comfort food with a Florida twist. Mussels, Clams, Oysters, and Shrimp…

Fort Pierce’s Waterfront Hideaway: On The Edge Bar & Grill

Sitting at an outdoor table, with your shoes off, toes in the sand, sipping on a refreshing cocktail as you drink in the incredible sunset – does life get any better? On the Edge Bar & Grill is tucked back from A1A on South Hutchinson Island, and is one of the island’s top choices for…

Hank’s Seafood in Charleston, SC — Ranked at the Top for 17 Straight Years

We asked shopkeepers, innkeepers, carriage drivers, and friends: “Where can we get the best and freshest seafood in Charleston?” Without exception, they all recommended Hank’s Seafood. Location: 10 Hayne Street, off of Meeting Street and at the corner of Church and Hayne, , South Carolina. Menu: If you search diligently, you can find Seared Beef Tenderloin and…

Romance and 12-Layer Cake at Peninsula Grill in Charleston, SC

Walking through Charleston’s Historic District, you will find a wrought iron gate leading to a brick alleyway with flickering lanterns and dreamy . For a truly elegant evening, you will be glad you chose Peninsula Grill.  It is connected to Planters Inn (read reviews here),  choice as the #1 Best Small Hotel in the U.S.  Location: 112…

Dockside Bar & Grille, Old Bahama Bay Resort

Enjoy gourmet dining in an elegant yet casual setting, with phenomenal waterfront views as the backdrop to your dining experience, at Dockside Bar & Grille in the gorgeous waterfront Old Bahama Bay Resort. Location: Bayshore Road, West End, Grand Bahama Island, Menu: Located on the property at Old Bahama Bay Resort, Dockside Bar & Grille is…