A menu that lands between bar food and neighborhood café
Azul has been taking shape for a long time in Lakeview. Fittingly, it finally opened just as football returns with pre-season games. Azul is pitched as a sports restaurant. It’s not a sports bar, mind you, but rather a family-friendly restaurant with a sports theme.
Early games, big games, loud games, thirsty games too
Phoenix New Times
Sports fans, rejoice – the NFL season is almost back for real. That means all across the greater Phoenix area, friends and family will be gathering around televisions, setting fantasy football rosters, and enjoying America's favorite sport in earnest. It also means the Valley's favorite sports...
Think Boston cream, German chocolate, lemon and carrot...
Las Vegas Weekly
You can’t miss the glass display case at the entrance of Jerry’s Famous Coffee Shop inside Jerry’s Nugget, with its display of elaborately decorated cakes. Think Boston cream, German chocolate, lemon and carrot for starters—modern dessert masterpieces created by executive pastry chef Douglas Taylor,...
More hushed than South Beach, and that’s the point
Color therapy might be pseudoscience, but there’s no denying the impact of color on mood Opens a New Window. ....
Craft brewery's new Washington Avenue outpost
It’s been over a year since we first heard that West Philly’s Dock Street Brewing Co. would expand across the Schuylkill with a second brewery and restaurant in a revamped Point Breeze auto shop and warehouse. Now, Dock Street South is ready to go, with an opening this Wednesday, August 14th.
Many of its ingredients from the organic farm on property
There’s nothing ordinary about the new Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences, which opened last June and sprawls across 450 oceanfront acres on Kauai’s sunny southern coast. This resort community, developed and operated by the Colorado-based Timbers Resorts, offers a variety of ultra-luxe residences...
Simple, unadorned, hunger-obliterating French cuisine
The New York Times
In the fall of 1980, Patrick Clark, the first chef at Keith McNally’s first restaurant, the Odeon, helped introduce nouvelle cuisine to New York when it was all the rage in Europe. Nearly every place Mr. McNally has built since then has been a firm rejection of all that is fashionable in food, and...
Along the easternmost stretch of the iconic Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles Times
For many Angelenos, a trip to Hollywood Boulevard might not seem like an ideal way to spend an afternoon. There’s the traffic. The tourist attractions. The selfie-stick-wielding tourists ... But along the easternmost stretch of the iconic thoroughfare, past the throngs of out-of-towners, sits a...
2 restaurants offer very different takes on Indonesian fare
Gado gado, according to the website for the restaurant with the same name, is a salad made with raw and lightly cooked vegetables, tofu, egg, and peanut sauce. It’s a recipe that’s “chaotic, all mixed up.” It’s an apt description for one of the signature dishes of a country as diverse as Indonesia,...
Kiwi spin on barbacoa is bridge between 2 culinary tradition
San Diego Magazine
A New Zealand–inspired brewery may not be the first place that comes to mind for great tacos, but one bite of Kairoa’s spiced lamb street tacos and you’ll see why we’re cheating on our go-tos. “Our lamb is prepared barbacoa style. The Maori have a meat preparation similar to barbacoa called hangi,”...
Skip the Space Needle and live like a Seattleite
While you might only be in Seattle to build up your resume, there are still plenty of (cheap) things to do around the city. From bites and bars to shops and shows, here’s a list of Seattle hangouts created by interns for interns.
Debates will ensue, which means you need to taste test
You can say a lot of things about how haute and expensive San Francisco cuisine has become, but dammit we are still a burger-loving metropolis with a great many fine examples of the all-American hamburger. From the high-end, restaurant sort you'll find at Nopa and Spruce to the odes to gooey,...
They offer drops, macaroons, and treats of all styles
When you think of local baked goods, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Giant slices of pecan pie? A heaping mound of Cop Stop ice cream from Amy’s? Or maybe a doughnut sandwich from Gourdough’s tickles your sweet tooth. Prepare to add something a bit more...
If all you need is a place to sleep, why pay for more?
The Boston Globe
When guests walk into the soon-to-open Moxy hotel in the Theatre District, they won’t see a reception desk. Instead, the first thing that will come into view is a truck that has been retrofitted as a photo booth. They can step inside the social media-friendly, non-functioning vehicle and take...
The indulgent brunch dish at All Together Now proves it
As soon as I spotted “creamed eggs” on the menu at All Together Now, I knew I had to order them. I just didn’t know what they were. But how could they not be great? “Creamed” + “Eggs” = guaranteed tasty. What showed up on my plate at this new-ish all-day cafe in Chicago’s Ukranian Village was...not what I expected. I guess I was thinking something more British-y—like coddled eggs in cute little ramekins.
Exciting new spots for crabs, barbecue, tacos, and dim sum
Restaurant and bar openings have arrived rapid fire since June 21—with more on the way. Here are the places—ranked!—that we’re most excited to check out for wood-fired Italian, crabs, dim sum, tacos, and more.
If you've seen his movies, this property hints at them all
There is something so whimsical about the sets in Wes Anderson films. His unique visual storytelling uses colors and decor that instantly set the movies apart from all others. Fans gravitate to this design style as much as they do his deadpan characters likely because these settings seem possible...
Be strategic - inside midday, outside morning & evening
Maybe you laughed when I said Santa Fe was hot last week. That's not hot! Betcha you wouldn't go somewhere like Scottsdale in August. Oh, but I would. The daytime highs in the Phoenix area right now are well into the...
Standout establishments - links to Las Vegas' glorious past
Las Vegas Magazine
Las Vegas restaurants were long famous for shrimp cocktails, Caesar salads and prime rib, and while those dishes are still a staple here, the menu at many...
Summer riches of this below-the-radar Great Lakes
What happens when you take a coastal paradise overflowing with local history, brimming with great seafood, dotted with luxurious lodgings, and guarded by 11 historic lighthouses overlooking 300 miles of shoreline...
The answer is, high or low, new delicious food (& views)
Two of the year’s most anticipated restaurants, Vernick Fish and Jean-Georges, open their doors today. Vernick Fish, Greg Vernick’s Jersey-shore inspired oyster bar, is located at street level in the Comcast Technology Center at 1 North 19th Street. Jean-Georges, from internationally acclaimed chef...
Saturdays were made for day drinking w/ the good puppies
very year we seek out the best food, shopping, services and more for our Best of Honolulu feature. Here are some of the top contenders for Best Place to Grab a Drink With Your Dog—find out who won in July!
5 eateries, all vegan, including a burger joint, coffee shop
The food hall trend is still going gangbusters worldwide, but while most restaurant collectives have a dish or two to appease plant-based eaters, vegan options don’t tend to be the focus of the whole shebang.
Drink under the sunshine on a rooftop bar. With views.
The best way to see New York City is from the air. You can look down below at all the skyscrapers and people, marveling at the excitement and activity. Luckily New York City has some amazing rooftop bars that provide those views. They also have some of the city's best food and drink options. So order your favorite cocktail and a snack, snag a seat, and enjoy your bird's eye view of the city. Here is...
You've already ordered the milk tea - what you eat with it
Boba tea has taken its rightful place, alongside cold brew coffee, ice tea, pressed juices and coconut water, in America's pantheon of nonalcoholic beverages. Sure, a few bougie bubble tea brands have jumped into the game but OG SoCal boba culture is all about suburban teenagers enabling each...
Chef favorites, ethnic favorites, wild-caught, & all yum
From tiny, traceability-obsessed counters to our city’s Costco of fish, here’s where to source your seafood.
New taco shop specializes in Tijuana-style street tacos
San Diego Reader
The sight of a trompo spinning on a Tijuana street corner is usually accompanied by a crowd, and the same appears to be true in Barrio Logan. At least, so suggests the early popularity of Tacos El Trompo, a new taco shop at the corner of Logan Avenue and Cesar E. Chavez Parkway.
Lots of great fish, and here is where to find the best
To drive along the Oregon coast and not stop for fish and chips is downright criminal. From seafood shacks to upscale restaurants, the fresh fish over french fries is to die for in Oregon. That’s true whether you’re...
Il Nido means “the nest” - upscale Italian w/vaunted pasta
The Seattle Times
FOR A LONG TIME, the Alki Homestead served fried-chicken dinners, the old-fashioned, family-style kind with plenty of side dishes plus, of course, biscuits with butter and jam. The décor of that era inside the circa 1904 West Seattle building — a sort of log-cabin manor, constructed of...
Paddles and putters up, gang!
If games and drinks are your idea of a great night out, there is no shortage of spots in San Francisco where you can pair your beers with billiards, cocktails with Candyland, and knotted pretzels with PacMan. Here's a list of our 14 favorite bars with games in the seven-by-seven.
Sometimes some shaved ice and flavoring is all you need
The Austin Chronicle
There are times when shaved ice is a pleasant treat: at a drive-in movie, at a county fair, poolside. Then there are the 100-plus degree days that makes sno-cones damn near a necessity. The combination of melting ice and sugary syrup is just what the doctor ordered. To keep you from boiling over,...
Modern-Mediterranean spark and masterful mainstays
Saturday mornings are best spent sleeping in, if you ask me. But even this night owl can’t resist the chance to get up early and work in the garden at Gibbet Hill Grill, a farm-set restaurant in leafy Groton. After all, today chef Brendan Pelley is leading a fermentation class, the latest in a...
Where to eat and what to do in Chicago, with detours
A visually guided tour of where to eat and what to do in Chicago, with detours.
Go ahead and hit that snooze button one more time
You slept in, did a few errands, and now you’ve missed the most important meal of the week. Never fear! Here are eight places to visit even if you’re a late-riser.
Barataria Preserve, Whitney Plantation, paddling the bayou
Sometimes the best way to truly love New Orleans is to leave it—at least for a day. Whether you're fleeing from the brutally hot and humid weather or simply looking for a respite from the Big Easy's riot of colors and sounds, here are nine of the best day trips from New Orleans.
Sandy beaches, panoramic views, poolside drinks
Phoenix New Times
You know you want a nice cold cocktail — heck, it’s after 5 p.m., and it’s summertime! — but you can’t decide how you want to procure it, or where. At a resort with poolside service? On the beach? Or literally in the drink, at some nice swim-up bar someplace?