Lunch at the Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park go to see the world-famous Old Faithful Geyser and to view wildlife in America’s first national park.  It is easy to work up an appetite after a morning hike and meditative, mesmerizing geyser watching experience.  Until I dined at the Old Faithful Inn, my perception of National Park eats was…

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:…

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…

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…

Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q: Famous Decatur, Alabama Eatery

Since 1952, Decatur, Alabama residents and visitors have filled the tables at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q anticipating Big Bob’s brand of smoked meats with his signature white sauce. Location: 1715 6th Avenue SE, Decatur, Alabama Menu: The menu at Big Bob’s is relatively simple and satisfyingly predictable. First, choose your favorite smoked meat: pork, chicken,…

Farmers and Distillers in Washington DC

Serving locally sourced, made from scratch items that not only look delectable but taste scrumptious.  Farmers & Distillers take the farm-to-table concept to a new level. “We are inspired by our farmer-owners, making everything we can from scratch, from our bread and butter to our booze.” Farmers & Distillers Location:  600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington,…

Cody Steakhouse in Cody, Wyoming

“Buffalo Bill” Cody passed through this area in the 1870s, then returned in the 1890s to start a town.  The town of Cody, Wyoming was incorporated in 1901.  Cody, Wyoming is the eastern gateway town into Yellowstone National Park.  Only 10,000 people call Cody home, but many more visitors pass through town each year on…

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…