D’Road Cafe: Venezuela Meets Montgomery, Alabama

Venezuelan cuisine in Alabama’s capital city may seem like a strange idea, but it has proven to be both popular and successful. Location: D’Road Cafe, 121 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, Alabama Menu: Owner and Chef Janett Malpartida, native of Venezuela, doesn’t have a menu, nor does she want one. Instead, her desire is for people who…

Review: The Knife in Dallas, Texas

Sometimes you select a place to eat for the food, sometimes for the atmosphere, sometimes for the experience and then once in a while, it is for all of the above.  When I enjoyed appetizers and a meal at The Knife in Dallas, I thought I was going for a quick meal with friends after…

Review: The Shed in Santa Fe

After buying two exquisite turquoise pieces in a small shop across the street from The La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, I asked the shop owner for a lunch recommendation. What a home run! He suggested The Shed across the patio from the store. You can’t miss the bright pink and turquoise door….

Lambertville House, Lambertville, New Jersey

Hidden in plain sight is a casually elegant bar and restaurant on Bridge Street in Lambertville, New Jersey. On any given day you might walk by the Lambertville House, and admire the architecture of the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The porch beckons patrons to gather in pleasant weather. This historic…

Bluegill Restaurant: Seafood on the Causeway in Mobile, Alabama

Bluegill Restaurant may be best known for its flaming oysters, but there are other menu standouts served along with live music and amazing sunset views. Location: Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, Alabama Menu: Diners enter the weather-beaten eatery beside the busy oyster shucker with dozens of plump beauties on the grill. It’s hard…

Bar Bitterbal: A Bar Snack Mecca in Amsterdam

Bar Bitterbal, in the heart of the historic canal ring of Amsterdam, bills itself as “The place with the world’s largest selection of the perfect bar snack.” And that snack, bitterballen, is as Dutch as it gets. For your average Dutch person, a “borrel”—a meet-up for drinks—unaccompanied by a plate of bitterballen, is hardly a…

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…

Roots Ocean Prime, in Princeton, New Jersey

There is a feeling of nostalgia when you walk into a Roots Ocean Prime Restaurant. The concept reflects the old-fashioned dining experience of a New York Style Steakhouse. The word prime refers to the grade given by the USDA to describe quality beef. At Roots, the beef is prime, center-cut, and sourced from quality ranches…

Mitten Brewing Company: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Housed in a historic Victorian-era fire station, with a vintage baseball theme, Mitten Brewing Company hits artisan pizza and craft beer out of the park. Location: Mitten Brewing Company located at 527 Leonard Street NW on the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Find the restaurant’s website here. Menu: The menu at Mitten Brewing Company…

SAZA: Great Italian Eatery in Montgomery, Alabama

Move over, chain restaurants who claim to serve Italian dishes. “Serious Italian Food” is more than a slogan at SAZA in Montgomery, Alabama. Location: SAZA, 130 Commerce Street, Suite 101, Montgomery, Alabama Menu: All of the pizzas are 18-inches in diameter and have 30 different toppings from which to choose. A couple of the most…