Review: Volcano House, Hawaii

Come for the views and stay for the food! The Volcano House Restaurant at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park overlooks the Kilauea caldera and the billowing Halema’uma’u Crater. As you eat, the tall windows that stretch the length of the seating area up on the rim provide you with a view of the active volcano…

Tequila and Chile at El Pinto, Albuquerque

Nothing typifies New Mexican eating and drinking like tequila and chiles. The family-owned El Pinto Restaurant has grown from one room in 1962 to the largest New Mexican restaurant in the state. Fueled by giving folks tasty, traditional chile-based meals, they now can seat 1,000 people. Along with their spicy food, you can order from…

More than Brew at Noble Hops, Oro Valley, Arizona

Noble Hops is a place to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Catalina Mountains. At sunset, when the mountains turn pink, it’s time for a drink. Impressive food offerings, the 28 craft beers on tap, and an extensive selection of bottled beers invite you to come hungry, come thirsty, and come to enjoy….

Fresh Island Cuisine at Bamboo in Hawi, Hawaii

This classic Hawaiian restaurant in a historic bright blue building sets a tone that is fun, comfortable and lighthearted. Browse the art gallery and the gift shop and then feast on something fresh and local. The charming little town of Hawi is just a few blocks long, 35 minutes north of the Waikoloa Beach resorts,…

Tapas and More at El Gato Azul, Prescott, Arizona

Billed as “Preskit’s Quirky Cozy Friendly Place to Meet” – that pretty much sums up the vibe at El Gato Azul, but it leaves out the joy of the unexpected exotic cuisine. Location: 316 W Goodwin Street, Prescott, Arizona. Website here Menu:  The Southwestern and Spanish Mediterranean influences permeate the menu from entrees to tapas….

Unusual Offerings at PREROGATIvE Kitchen, Red Lodge, Montana

An unpretentious, but outstanding dining adventure awaits you off the beaten path in Red Lodge, Montana. Delectable snacks and small plates perfectly complement a glass of wine or beer at happy hour. Heartier fare such as a Montana steak or pork tenderloin will provide a filling lunch or dinner. Whether you’ve just driven the 64…

Fabulous Fare at CAMPO, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Seasonal, indigenous foods to New Mexico’s Rio Grande River Valley are the mainstay at CAMPO. On the Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, CAMPO is surrounded by acres of lavender fields. The atmosphere is casual fine-dining. That may sound like an oxymoron but it is not the least bit stuffy. This gourmet restaurant brings…

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…

Elegant Southwestern Cuisine, The Arizona Inn Dining Room, Tucson

Tables set with crisp white linens hint at the understated refinement that awaits you as you step into the Dining Room at The Arizona Inn. Sophisticated, yet relaxed, this AAA Four-Diamond restaurant is hidden in a quiet, residential area in mid-town Tucson.  Fancy, but not stuffy, this is a place to linger over your expertly…

Brave New Restaurant Brings Creativity To Little Rock

Some places are worth hunting for. Tucked away on the second floor of an office complex, 5 minutes from downtown Little Rock, Brave New Restaurant is cooking up fresh farm-to-table meals. With a riverfront view and a relaxed atmosphere, the elegantly prepared meals incorporate sauces and spices to delight your taste buds. Location: On the…