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…

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…

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…

California French Cuisine at Wild Garlic Grill, Tucson, Arizona

The upscale dining at The Wild Garlic Grill in Tucson’s Catalina Foothills is an ideal setting for that special occasion, date night, or a leisurely meal with friends. Upon entering, you smell garlic wafting and the tantalizing aromas of the meals being prepared. Immediately, inside the front doors, the busy, vibrant bar area is a…

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….

Departure Restaurant, at The Nines, Portland, Oregon

If you, like me, are a fan of TV cooking shows, especially Top Chef, then you really need to put the pan-Asian fusion restaurant Departure, in downtown Portland, Oregon, on your must-eat-at list. It’s helmed by Chef Gregory Gourdet, who was a Season 12 finalist. If you’re not a fan of the show, you still…

The Golden Bee in Colorado Springs

The Golden Bee is a traditional 19th Century English Pub with a modern focus on fresh food.  Located at the historic Broadmoor Hotel, the club casual atmosphere provides a fun and memorable way to relax with family and friends after a day of hiking and sightseeing in Colorado Springs.  If these walls could talk, they…

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…