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…

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…

The Avenue Steak Tavern in Dublin, Ohio

If traditional is trendy and old is new again, then The Avenue Steak Tavern hits the target for bringing back the old New York steakhouse.  Located in Dublin, Ohio, a northwest suburb of Columbus, the establishment is far from the Empire state, yet once inside, it is easy to think you are in the Big…

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…

Italian Tradition at Enzo’s in Portland, Oregon

You will undoubtedly feel like a guest in an Italian family home at Enzo’s Caffe Italiano, whether you are dining outdoors in their intimate patio or inside the cozy dining room. Location: 25259 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon Traditional Italian fare in the style of the Puglia region is food served from Enzo’s heart. He uses time-honored…

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…

Malia’s in Aiken, South Carolina: Locally-Sourced Deliciousness

For 30 years, Malia’s has maintained a standard of excellence and support for local farmers while the chef/owner partners have created a loyal following. Location: 120 Laurens Street, Aiken, South Carolina Menu: The lunch menu at Malia’s changes daily to reflect seasonal availability and the best sources at the time. A recent lunch menu featured…

Prime Rib and a Gunfight at The Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming

If living history is your thing, then dinner at the Irma Hotel will be a night to remember.  It isn’t just the food, but the combination of food, entertainment and history lesson that makes a visit to the Irma Hotel special.  “Buffalo Bill” Cody built the hotel in 1902 and named it for his youngest…

Over Yonder Restaurant: Appalachian Style in NC

If you find yourself in the beautiful High Country of North Carolina, and hungry, head for the tiny village of Valle Crucis, about 6 miles from Boone. Then make a direct line to Over Yonder Restaurant, where you’ll find some of the finest food in this part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Owner-Chef Andy Lang…

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…