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…

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:…

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…

Café Coyote in San Diego, California

Café Coyote’s multi-sensory experience in a Mexican fiesta atmosphere made dinner a fun experience. It’s easy to see why they have been rated the number one Mexican restaurant in Old Town, San Diego for 15 consecutive years. Location: Café Coyote, located at 2461 San Diego Avenue in San Diego’s Old Town neighborhood. Menu: Café Coyote…

Mani Osteria & Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan

In Italian, mani means hand made. An Italian eatery similar to a tavern is an osteria. Mani Osteria & Bar exemplifies hand made through pasta made in-house, along with the hand-made pizza crusts. They demonstrate the Italian Osteria as a gathering place through hospitality, and the local ingredients served. Small production wines complement the meals….

Rovino, Italian Cuisine in San Diego, California

When eating your way through San Diego’s Little Italy, a stop at the award-winning Rovino is required. The name Rovino is a combination of rotisserie plus wine, so you can expect to find an award-winning wine list and succulent rotisserie chicken. Location: Rovino, located at 2034 Kettner Boulevard in the Little Italy neighborhood of San…

Brunch at Eggshell Bistro in Carmel, Indiana

Walk through the door to Eggshell Bistro, and you’re immediately transported to Paris.  In the center of Indiana, Chef-owner Larry Hanes has created a Euro-influenced oasis. Some diners joke that it’s cheaper than a direct flight to Paris. Location: Eggshell Bistro located at 51 West City Center Drive on the City Center’s North side near…

Terra Nomad in Bismarck, North Dakota

Promoted as a meeting place for the modern-day nomad, Terra Nomad has a café atmosphere that serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. It’s the perfect place to meet up with a group of friends in a relaxed setting. Location: Terra Nomad located at 514 East Main Avenue in downtown, Bismarck, North Dakota. Menu: They have a…

Sorellina, Italian Cuisine in Boston, Massachusetts

Sorellina, “little sister” in Italian, may be a bit of a misnomer for this complex restaurant serving upscale Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is more like the sophisticated older sister, dressed for a night on the town. Location: Sorellina, located at 1 Huntington Avenue in the Copley Square area of Boston, Massachusetts. Menu: Chef Owner Jamie…

Brunch at Butterhorn in Bismarck, North Dakota

Chef Stephanie Miller’s first childhood food memory is sitting on the kitchen counter, watching her grandmother make butterhorn rolls. Today the light and fluffy croissant-shaped dinner rolls are central to her restaurant, Butterhorn. You’ll find them served at brunch with cinnamon butter, seasonal jam, and vanilla frosting. At dinner, butter and salt accompany the butterhorns….