Salt + Smoke: St. Louis, Missouri

Even before arriving in St. Louis, I knew I needed to check out the St. Louis-style barbeque. I started inquiring on the plane about the best place. Then I asked the bellman at the hotel. The recurring name was Salt + Smoke. From a couple of blocks away, I could tell I was almost there,…

Anna’s House: Holland, Michigan

The light, bright décor of Anna’s House welcomes you in, and the homey American comfort food invites you to stay. Location: Anna’s House, located at 12450 Felch Street in Holland, Michigan. Anna’s House has eight locations throughout Michigan. Find the restaurant’s website here. Menu: Anna’s House only serves breakfast and lunch. The menu features classic…

Mimi Blue: Carmel, Indiana

Mimi Blue is a tribute to the owners’ mother, Mildred (Mimi) Bluestein Kosene: Mimi Blue. The story has it that her every meal had to satisfy the whole family, including her husband and three sons. Mimi Blue’s cooking was her way of showing her family and friends love. That tradition carries over today in her…

Rusted Silo: Lizton, Indiana

Rusted Silo Southern BBQ & Brew House cooks the ‘que low and slow out in the open for everyone to see on their Ferris Wheel of Meat, and it’s spellbinding. The long-metal racks rotate brisket, chicken, ribs, sausage, and pork for hours, smoking the meat in hickory and cherry wood, as it becomes more tender…

Mitten Brewing Company: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Housed in a historic Victorian-era fire station, with a vintage baseball theme, Mitten Brewing Company hits artisan pizza and craft beer out of the park. Location: Mitten Brewing Company located at 527 Leonard Street NW on the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Find the restaurant’s website here. Menu: The menu at Mitten Brewing Company…

Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack: Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia

Located in the Lobster Capital of Canada, where the lobster grounds are some of the richest in the world, Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack is all about the lobster. Location: Capt. Kat’s Lobster Shack, located at 3728 Highway 3 in Barrington Passage, Nova Scotia. Find the restaurant’s website here. Menu: The menu features everything lobster and…

Fo’c’sle Tavern in Chester, Nova Scotia

Fo’c’sle Tavern, the oldest pub in Nova Scotia, built in 1760 oozes with history. The name Fo’c’sle refers to the forward part of the ship, below the deck, traditionally utilized as the crew’s living quarters. Location: Fo’c’sle Tavern, located at 42 Queen Street in Chester, Nova Scotia. Find the restaurant’s website here. Menu: The menu…

La Casa Sena: Santa Fe, New Mexico

In the 1860s, La Casa Sena was a hacienda-style adobe that the Sena family called home. Today, in the same Sena Plaza, Santa Fe locals dine in that same homey hacienda enjoying similar regional ingredients served to the Sena Family, over 150 years ago. Location: La Casa Sena, located at 125 East Palace Avenue, Number…

Café Patachou in Carmel, Indiana

Café Patachou focuses on fresh ingredients from local farms, all within a 100-mile radius of the greater Indianapolis area. You can taste the difference. Location: Café Patachou located at 14390 Clay Terrace Boulevard in Simon’s Clay Terrace Mall in Carmel, Indiana. With several locations in the Indianapolis area, a Café Patachou is never far. Find the…

La Plazuela in Santa Fe, New Mexico

In Santa Fe’s city center lies the Santa Fe Plaza, a National Historic Landmark. La Plazuela Restaurant, meaning the little plaza in Spanish, is a gathering place for history buffs and foodies to enjoy authentic New Mexican cuisine. Location: La Plazuela Restaurant located at La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 East San Francisco Street in…