Chicken and Dumplings at Tad’s in Troutdale, Oregon

Chicken and dumplings with fluffy pillows of giant dumplings crown a tureen of tender, savory poultry. If you want a meal like Grandma made in the 1940s, Tad’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins is an ideal stop on your trip to the Columbia River Gorge. Location: 1325 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, Oregon. Tad’s is 20 miles east…

Real New Mexican Food El Patron, Albuquerque

The unique cuisine of New Mexico evolves from traditional Mexican dishes that have been transformed with local chiles into tasty and fiery hot fare. Add sopapillas and margaritas and you will feel you have been transported to a family restaurant in an old town square. At El Patron, you’ll want to linger and enjoy not…

Manuel’s Bread Cafe: French Bistro in North Augusta, South Carolina

A French-born chef blends the best of Southern culinary specialties with his European training and background at Manuel’s Bread Cafe at the main crossroads of Hammonds Ferry, a planned development in North Augusta, South Carolina. Location: 505 Railroad Avenue #100, North Augusta, South Carolina Menu: With its location near the state line between Georgia and…

Lunch at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park go to see the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser and to view wildlife in America’s first national park.  It is easy to work up an appetite after a morning hike and meditative, mesmerizing geyser watching experience.  Until I dined at the Old Faithful Inn, my perception of National Park eats was…

Logan: An American Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Chef Thad Gillies, co-owner of Logan: An American Restaurant, describes the restaurant’s food style as New American Cuisine.  America is a melting pot, and Logan’s menu reflects this. The chef’s French cooking techniques echo Europe, ingredients like tamarind represent Asian, and Oaxacan mole signifies Latin American. They all melt together forming New American Cuisine. Location:…

Three Fold: Noodles & Dumplings in Little Rock, Arkansas

Three Fold, in Little Rock Arkansas, serves slow food fast. The kitchen prepares every item on the menu by hand from the tri-folded dumplings, the house-made pulled noodles, to the steamed buns. Even the herbs are washed and cut by hand. Everything served at Three Fold is authentic and made in the Chinese tradition. The…

Oasis Diner in Plainfield, Indiana

The door to the Oasis Diner functions as a time machine portal that transports you back to the 1950s, a place where family and friends met for comforting meals at a reasonable price. Today that remains the same. Location: Oasis Diner located at 405 West Main Street in Plainfield, Indiana. Menu: The menu features all-American…