Colorful decor & refined food at Pontchartain Hotel rest.
When the Caribbean Room was re-opened by the Besh Restaurant Group in...
The regional brewery's first downtown Philly location
Center City Philadelphia finally has its very own Iron Hill Brewery. The regional brewer and restaurant chain opened its fifteenth location at 1150 Market Street in the new East Market development last night. This marks first location in downtown Philadelphia for the restaurant and brewery since its...
A cozy Filipino American restaurant w/tasting menu concept
Chef Aaron Verzosa has always been fascinated with flying over the Philippines and soaking in the aerial view of the chain of islands. That experience inspired the name he and his wife, Amber Manuguid, chose for their new Hillman City restaurant, Archipelago. "We didn't choose a Filipino name...
A Bostonian yellow submarine - the sandwich submarine
In the Inner Sunset, before you get to the busy intersection at Irving Street and Ninth Avenue and all that exists in the great beyond after that, you can find an old-school sandwich shop that seems to be from...
A few spot-on places to eat in the morning w/cooler temps
Phoenix New Times
Here are a few spot-on places to eat in the morning as cooler temperatures settle in this fall.
Not exactly Southern BBQ, but Big Fatty's doesn't disappoint
The scene: New England is not exactly famous for its Southern-style slow-smoked barbecue, but this cuisine has been one of the hottest in the country in recent years, and good to great examples can now be found in...
Dedicated chef has diners flocking to his own Port-au-Prince
A long, snail-paced line snakes from the brunch buffet at Port-au-Prince in Silver Spring, giving patrons at the rare Haitian restaurant in the area a chance to talk as they wait. The woman ahead of me, who says she grew up on the cuisine, takes it upon herself to tell me what to fill up on. As we approach the...
The smell of deep-fried French toast might greet you...
On a warm evening earlier this summer, while entertaining a visiting restaurant critic, I stepped into Canard to find Beyoncé booming from the speakers and Division Wines co-owner Thomas Monroe sitting at the bar. The speakers were doing their best to match the electronica bleeding from the...
New Govalle brewery/restaurant elegantly pairs ale & cuisine
Since the really early aughts—think 900 A.D.—the public house has cemented the relationship between simple, hearty food and abundant ale. Gastropubs made the food fancier, but the cyclical interplay remained unchanged: Weary patrons relax with a brew, fortify themselves with food, and engage in...
A hotspot for nature lovers, w/wildlife refuges to explore
The city of Klamath Falls, Oregon, is in the high desert just east of the Southern Cascade Mountains. Much of the local economy revolves around forestry and agriculture. In contrast to all this cultivated land, the Klamath Falls region is also home to major wildlife preserves and national forests,...
Where to drink beer, where it’s being brewed
New York is awash in hazy IPAs. Micro- (and nano-) breweries now litter...
What's worth savoring at Empanada Kitchen
San Diego Reader
I wanted my family to try something different, but it was a hot night and we wanted something casual. Knowing the family liked tacos, I thought empanadas might be a nice alternative, since they are somewhat similar — although you don’t have to tilt your head sideways to eat an empanada.
Family-run market-cum-Laotian/Thai restaurant
Las Vegas Weekly
Ever find yourself craving fish salsa? Just wander down Fremont Street—well past the Fremont East of Downtown Container Park and Atomic Liquors fame—to a strip mall where Sister’s Oriental Market has been for almost 30 years. If you hit Octapharma Plasma, you’ve gone a wee bit too far. Sister’s is a...
Learn about these intelligent animals with an octopus tour
Inside each tank is an adult day octopus—called hee in Hawaiian—native to Hawaii waters and active during the daytime. At Kanaloa Octopus Farm, it’s a look and touch kind of experience. It’s a sunny Friday afternoon and I’m on a tour with 20 other people. Kanaloa Octopus Farm is located at scenic...
Comanche still has an outlaw vibe & quite the Texas charmer
On my recent day trip to Lockhart, I found out about that city’s past as a rough cowboy town. I was prepared to learn a similar history during my visit to Comanche, Texas. However, after spending 72 hours there, I’d describe Comanche as more of a rough outlaw town. The town’s residents would agree....
Not just a summer scoop - it's OK to eat year-round
No one loves ice cream as much as New Englanders do—even in the dead of winter, we’ll brave icy temps to get our cone fix. Now that summer’s in full swing, there’s no better time to get acquainted with our local ice cream parlors. From old-school snack shacks peddling classic hot fudge sundaes, to...
Free Rein, Bixi Beer, Etta, Beatnik on the River, and more
Chicago’s most buzzed-about restaurants in September - 10 places everyone’s talking about and dining at
How much spiciness can you handle? Test your flavor needs
The Orange County Register
“Do you like it spicy?” I love hearing those words. It’s a question I got recently from the cashier at Southern Spice in Irvine. When I said, “Yes. Yes I do,” she steered me toward an incredible eggplant curry. “You...
The restaurant on Banks Street also has a rooftop deck
At Agave House, the new Mexican restaurant in Mid-City on Banks Street, you'll find queso dip, tortilla soup, bulging burritos and tacos filled with steak, shrimp or redfish. You'll also find a crab cake topped with jalapeño ranch dressing, a burger and even a few pastas. "Everybody loves Mexican,...
From dim sum to rolled ice cream, sushi to sausages...
If Fishtown is the city’s culinary laboratory and Old City its historic and most public face, then Chinatown is Philadelphia’s id — our late-night, last-call, FOMO oasis and playground for all our best and worst impulses. It is where we go when we’re craving junk food and when we want to taste...
Looking for cocktails instead of beer before the game? Here
While many may think of beer is the traditional football sipper (and I certainly wouldn’t be putting down my beer-loving pals), with Seattle’s amazing cocktail culture, there’s no reason not to expand your pre-game ritual. With that, don’t discount having a swell cocktail or two at a nearby spot with solid shakers and stirrers before you head into Century Link to see the Seahawks triumph.
The perfect spot for drinking, eating, chilling, and more
Creating the perfect wine bar is essentially like making the idyllic...
"We also cut fruit every day, and by the hour sometime"
Phoenix New Times
A new storefront in north Phoenix is serving raspados, Mexican cups of shaved ice, fruit, and other sweet and spicy additions. Owner Alejandra Matias, a young woman who also works as an accountant across nearby East...
The vermicelli mac with blue crab has been recommended
At José Andrés’s history-obsessed America Eats Tavern, the mac and...
An hour east of Portland, rustic relaxation awaits
About an hour east of Portland—across the Bridge of the Gods in Carson, Washington—hides a passage into another era. “Take a trip back to simpler times,” implores the Carson Hot Springs Resort (rooms from $179/night). If the early 20th century is your idea of a simpler time, you won’t be...
Truly wonderful dining experience with a complicated history
The Austin Chronicle
If you think about it, the Brewer's Table encapsulates Austin in a nutshell. Just a block east of Springdale Road on East Fifth Street, the restaurant and brewery is housed in a sleekly refurbished Quonset hut set off from the street and hidden behind a tasteful bamboo fence in the Govalle...
home to world's first commercially viable rooftop vineyard
Long Island and the Finger Lakes may be New York’s winery destinations. But New York City is home to four fully-operating wineries and vineyards that have all opened within the past decade. Here’s a breakdown on NYC’s pioneering winemakers.
All rooms have views of San Diego Bay or the marina
San Diego Union-Tribune
A $13 million expansion and reboot of the more than half-century-old Kona Kai Resort & Spa seems to have paid off for its owners, delivering one of the best summers the Shelter Island property has ever had. The enlarged hotel, completed in June, now has 41 more suites, bringing the total number of rooms to 170, all of which have views of San Diego Bay or the Kona Kai Marina. A second pool area for the...
Discover some of the city's intriguing, less visited spots
Giada De Laurentiis knows a thing or two about putting on a show. Since the Italian-born chef debuted on the Food Network in 2002, she has hosted numerous cooking and travel-themed shows, including Emmy Award-winning programs "Everyday Italian" and "Giada at Home." So while De Laurentiis lives and grew up in Los Angeles, opening her first restaurant in Las Vegas was a natural choice.
See some of the world's strongest astronomical telescopes
Are you game? If so, the 40-minute tour of the Subaru Telescope will literally whisk you out of this world. Mauna Kea, on Hawaii Island, is regarded as one of the best sites in the world for astronomical research. Thirteen observatories operated by 11 countries are clustered on its peak; the Subaru...
Asian and Latin American cuisines collide w/Turkish spices
Here’s something to take the sting out of a post-holiday return to the workweek: A glittery global restaurant group has finally planted a flag in Boston. Nahita opens tonight in Back Bay and its melting pot of a menu involves sashimi, tacos, and plenty of Turkish spices in an urban jungle-like...
The Pig Picnic, a shared entree that is full of flavor
Danny Grant earned two Michelin stars for RIA restaurant (now defunct) and remains at the helm of Maple & Ash, the excellent Gold Coast steakhouse, but he seems most passionate about his latest project, 2-month-old Etta, which represents “the food I like to eat.” So what does Danny Grant like to eat? Anything emerging from the hearth, for one thing. Picking up from the hearth-grilled steaks and...
Southern California uni is some of the best, & it's seasonal
The spiny California sea urchin has busted out of the sushi bar and is having its moment on just about every menu in Los Angeles right now, in everything from uni jam to uni ice cream. It’s in pasta, zeppole, Mexican food, pajeon (Korean scallion pancake) and at the farmers market.
2 blocks west of the French Quarter is full of history
Named the Eliza Jane after a pioneering publisher, this new boutique hotel just two blocks west of the French Quarter is full of historic influences. Manhattan–based interior design firm Stonehill Taylor has converted a row of 19th-century warehouses in New Orleans into the The Eliza Jane, a...
Look inside the minimalist, modular downtown Asian concept
The long-awaited Stock Rittenhouse opens at 5 p.m. today at 1935 Chestnut Street. Chef-owner Tyler Akin and his crew have streamlined the former WokWorks space, still petite but larger than the original location on Girard Avenue, and switched up the ordering process for the new spot. Instead of...
Housemade noodles, Sichuan dishes, and green onion pancakes
Thanks to our Asian dining boom, there’s no shortage of choice Chinese...