Prime Rib and a Gunfight at The Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming

If living history is your thing, then dinner at the Irma Hotel will be a night to remember.  It isn’t just the food, but the combination of food, entertainment and history lesson that makes a visit to the Irma Hotel special.  “Buffalo Bill” Cody built the hotel in 1902 and named it for his youngest…

Over Yonder Restaurant: Appalachian Style in NC

If you find yourself in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina, and hungry, head for the tiny village of Valle Crucis, about 6 miles from Boone. Then make a direct line to Over Yonder Restaurant, where you’ll find some of the finest food in this part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Owner-Chef Andy Lang…

Charbonos: Italian-American Dining in Avon, Indiana

Charbonos, named for an uncommon grape found in Napa Valley, is an equally unique restaurant. The robust wine list isn’t surprising given the restaurant is named after a grape used for making wine. Location: Charbonos located at 128 North Avon Avenue, Suite 102, in Avon, Indiana. Menu: The menu at Charbonos is Italian American. You’ll…

Casual Dining, Recreation, Sustainability at Table 47, Gig Harbor, WA.

Looking for casual dining, fun recreation, and a beacon in sustainability? Head to Table 47 in Gig Harbor, Washington. Location: 5268 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor, Washington. Website here. Menu: The All Day Menu features a selection of casual meals. Go-to-snacks include nachos, hummus, chicken wings, and crispy Brussel sprouts. Burgers have a taste…

Jay’s on Third, ​Upscale Asian Fusion in Stone Harbor, New Jersey

Jay’s on Third is not your typical seaside restaurant. If you visit the New Jersey shore during the summer, you can find several places with seafood or pasta dishes. While the menus list decent options, typically, the creations lack originality. Now in its 11th year, Jay’s offers something else; seasonally inspired food that is not…

42 Bar and Table, a Clinton Presidential Dining Experience in Little Rock

On a recent trip to Little Rock, I discovered that the William J. Clinton Presidential Library also had a restaurant, 42 Bar and Table, named after our 42nd President.  With expansive views of the Giant Pedestrian Bridge overlooking the Arkansas River, enjoy a delicious blend of local and internationally inspired cuisine with a southern touch…

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…