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…

Brazilian Fogo de Chão Steakhouse in Irvine, California

Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs carve delectable, high-quality cuts of meat at your table after roasting over an open flame. Participate in the Full Churrasco Experience at Fogo de Chão and encounter the culture and cuisine of Southern Brazil. Location: 623 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, California – at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Menu: The Full Churrasco Experience (the most…

Sushi Fast, Fresh, Fun at Kura, Irvine, California

Sushi meets the Jetsons at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar. Fresh and authentic Japanese food is served fast on a space-age revolving conveyor belt reminiscent of the 1960’s American sitcom cartoon, The Jetsons. Enjoy the flavors and traditions of Japan in a showy and lively way. Location: 2700 Alton Parkway #133 Irvine, California, in the Diamond…

Fusion and Favorites at LIT Café in Anaheim, California

Fusion and favorites are on the menu at LIT Café. Bowls piled high with fresh, colorful ingredients make a mouthwatering meal engaging to the eye. And, petite pastry artworks like delicate meringue peaks and chocolate with berries desserts look too delicious to eat. But, eat you must because this beautiful fare is a tasty and…

Cajun Creole at Restaurant des Familles, Crown Point, Louisiana

A splendid bayou view, complete with a “beware of alligators” sign and Spanish moss hanging from the trees, complements a meal of both Cajun and Creole favorite dishes at Restaurant des Familles in the Mississippi River Delta region of Louisiana. Pirates no longer fill their treasure chests in Jean Lafitte Historical Park and Preserve, but…

Authentic Mexican at ¡Ándele! Dog House in Mesilla, NM

In a region famous for their green chiles and pecan trees, authentic Mexican food has gone to the dogs in historic Old Mesilla, New Mexico. Andelé’s Dog House serves up Mexican hot dogs, chile con queso burgers, ice cold beer and even allows Fido inside the covered back patio. Location: Andelé’s Dog House is located in historic…

Shuck Oyster Bar in Costa Mesa, California

Grilled Spanish octopus makes a brilliant splash of color on a serving platter at Shuck Oyster Bar. The remarkable presentation, along with the cool freshness of oysters on the half shell, is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Location:  The Mix at SoCo, 3313 Hyland, #A1, Costa Mesa, California Menu:…

Eggslice – A Pop-Up Restaurant in Costa Mesa, California

Curated breakfast sandwiches and house-made Chili Jam at pop-up restaurant Eggslice make a sensational way to start your day. It’s been said that the Chili Jam saved a marriage. Find out why below. Location:  Eggslice is a morning pop-up restaurant located inside Shuck Oyster Bar at The Mix at SoCo, 3313 Hyland, #A1, in Costa…

Small Plates at Velia Bistro in Orvieto, Italy

Small plates, known in Italy as cicchetti, are the favorites of locals and tourists alike at Velia Drinks Food & Music. “Our guests will soon be eating the legs off the chairs!” exclaimed the owner and popular chef, Velia, as she frenetically prepared and served cicchetti from her tiny restaurant kitchen. This small bistro in…

French Vietnamese at Jade: Portland, Oregon

French Vietnamese specialties can be found in the well-maintained Sellwood neighborhood of Southeast Portland, Oregon. It is the home of Jade Bistro and Patisserie, located among the quaint and colorful streets with numerous antique stores, Victorian homes, cottages, and Craftsman bungalows. The mother-daughter team of Lucy and April run the casual dining restaurant with dedication…