Review: The Beauty Shop, Memphis, Tennessee

In 2002, the previous site of Priscilla Presley’s curl and dye establishment was transformed into a trendy restaurant in the funky Cooper-Young neighborhood in Memphis. Executive Chef/owner Karen Carrier kept the hooded Belvedere hair-dryers and developed a diverse menu for the innovative dining spot. Her creative endeavor led to a quirky restaurant ambiance and food…

Review: Clinton St. Baking Co. Restaurant, New York City

What is it about breakfast that beckons locals and tourists to line up around the corner from the Clinton Street Bakery on the Lower East Side? In one word, it’s pancakes. Not just pancakes but some of the fluffiest, tastiest, stacks you have ever eaten. It doesn’t’ hurt that the cakes, topped with a wild…

Palais by Perfect Pie, New York

Have you ever tasted the perfect dessert? One that is so memorable you reminisce on it from time to time as you let out a deep sigh? Palais by Perfect Pie has that exact effect on diners. Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, who previously held the title of White House Pastry Chef from 2007- 20014, opened…

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…

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…

South on Main: Southern Charm in Little Rock, Arkansas

Stepping inside South on Main feels like walking into a speakeasy from the Prohibition era. Part restaurant, part performance venue, South on Main is a feast for the senses. Location: 1304 Main Street, Little Rock, Arkansas Menu: Think Southern classics with different spins. Starters include fried oysters with remoulade, hot chicken liver salad with radish,…

Hamilton’s Grill Room: Romance in Lambertville, New Jersey

Hamilton’s Grill Room is set back from the street in a secluded courtyard in the charming town of Lambertville, New Jersey. The location, adjacent to a peaceful canal along the Delaware River, is private. In the spring and summer months, the lush plants and outdoor seating make you feel like you are in a special…

The Salt House: A Funky Gastropub in New Hope, Pennsylvania

The Salt House is relatively new on the restaurant scene in New Hope, Pennsylvania. However, the stone structure is not. The historic building has graced Main Street since 1751. It started as a salt house, where a big winch that still adorns the ceiling upstairs, was used to pull blocks of salt through the double…

Käfer An Enchanting Rooftop Restaurant, Berlin, Germany

They say location is everything in real estate and that saying rings equally true for restaurants. Käfer sits on top of the Bundestag (the current national parliament of Germany) in Berlin. The Reichstag, which refers to the parliament building, was completely renovated in 1992 and when completed in 1999, a gleaming, glass dome sat atop…

Home Style Breakfast at Red Cottage, Massachusetts

The 1950s is alive and well inside the Red Cottage Restaurant. From the yellow Formica counter with red swivel chairs to the black and white checked floor, the decor screams oldie but goodie. The friendly staff, even with the constant crowds, adds to the feeling that you stepped back in time. The breakfast is legendary here,…