Fine dining stunners, neighborhood charmers, and more
Plenty of smart, useful articles appear each year directing people to the nation’s buzziest restaurants, highlighting emerging trends and up-and-coming chefs. This annual guide, compiled after 34 weeks of travel and almost 600 meals in 36 cities, aims to accomplish something else: It’s a...
They use cuisine and beer to tell a shared narrative
The best dining experiences, it can be argued, are akin to theater. They...
Kennedy's Meat Co. updated w/hybrid tortillas & choice beef
San Diego Reader
I don’t suppose many readers have occasion to go out in Escondido’s eastern sprawl for carne asada. I doubt most of us need to travel a mile to find a choice of spots serving it. But if you’re out that way, past the 78, look for the big sign: Kennedy’s. It used to be called Kennedy’s Karne, the expansion of a shop that opened in the early 1970s in the town of Heber, an even more way out burg near El...
Brett Anderson reveals his list of the best restaurants
Every fall since 2003, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson selects the Top 10 Restaurants in New Orleans. (Hurricane Katrina interrupted business as usual in 2005.) Only fine-dining restaurants with table service are considered for the honor. Restaurants eligible for the...
Home of the "Original Filet Mignon Sandwich," is now open
It’s rare that you see the words “Home of the ___” on restaurant signage these days. Not sure why that is, really. My guess is that it’s rare that anybody wants to be branded any one thing. Food operators usually want to be something for everybody.
Sweetly updating the Space Age neighborhood diner
After adding the Centre Street Cafe to his beloved Jamaica Plain restaurant mini-empire (which includes Tres Gatos and Casa Verde) four years ago, owner David Doyle...
Turn a broken-in southside bar into a genuine honky-tonk bar
If you enter the address for Duke’s into your phone at just the right downtown GPS coordinates, the...
Top-shelf masa, guacamole toast, and gin breakfast cocktail
You’ve probably passed by the Hoxton Hotel, that leviathan at the entrance to Portland’s Old Town right near the Burnside Bridge, at some point over the last two years. On Monday, November 12, the Hoxton will finally...
Too much night fun? These may just be the right cure
Phoenix New Times
Life’s tough but being hung over while you’re living it makes it even tougher. Whatever your symptoms, however, there are a number of foods that can help you out. Meats, fruits, vegetables, oats, soups, and loads of caffeine can bail you out of hangover hell, and they’re usually good for you to boot....
Jack London, Stephen King, Hunter S. Thompson, Steinbeck...
From Joan Didion’s California to Edward Abbey’s Southwestern desert, these landmarks and places will have you appreciating your favorite authors on a whole new level.
Burgers + sushi = the ultimate in international comfort food
We love an unlikely pairing. Katsu Burger—the Japanese-influenced burger empire launched from a Georgetown strip mall in 2011—opened a Ballard location in July in the former home of Skillet. The restaurant looks remarkably the same, save for the faux tree full of blossoms in the middle of the dining room. Where other locations focus on burgers, here sushi (from executive sushi chef Masahiro...
The counter-service, stream-table spot by long-time locals
For a big chunk of Kevin Morrison's life, working in a restaurant "felt...
Funkenhausen’s must-have dish is the Piggy Plate
Chicago doesn't have a ton of Southern restaurants and barely any German ones. Now comes Funkenhausen, which opened in early August, attempting to check both boxes. Mark Steuer, probably best known for his Low Country restaurant, Carriage House (as well as The Bedford, two concepts that deserved longer lives), mixes his Germanic familial roots with his Southern upbringing. Purists of Southern cooking...
Tasty Texas BBQ and plenty of Mexican-inspired flavors...
Miguel Vidal remembers the moment when he knew what he would serve at his new restaurant, even though it was still a dream. Vidal grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and has worked in restaurants since he was 15 -- refining his technique and palate, training himself to eventually open his own restaurant. "I went home, and my dad had made a brisket. My mom had made homemade tortillas," Vidal told CNN...
From Peking duck to hot fudge sundaes - great dishes
Comfort food. What does it mean to you? Probably something different than it means to us. No other category of food is shaped so much by personal memories and nostalgia. The genre has always seemed more timeless than trendy. And while certain staples such...
The restaurants name is an homage to the landscape of Iowa
Considering how long and eagerly I'd been anticipating the debut of Anthony Strong's new restaurant, Prairie, I had surprisingly little in the way of preconceptions about the food. It would have something to do with Italy, I surmised, but beyond that I couldn't quite imagine what the dishes would...
Disconnect from the real world with a soak, a scrub & sweat
What's the perfect way to disconnect from the world and ponder what life would be like in a mirror universe where facts are indisputable and basic decency is the norm? A Korean spa. And Los Angeles has a lot of them.
Order before 6 pm for prix fixe or sushi specials
San Diego Reader
I kept calling it the happy hour menu, and my server kept correcting me: “Sunset menu.” Sounded like semantics to me. It’s available from 4:30 until 6 pm nightly, conventional happy hour timing. Then the sun started its descent, and I realized she was right. We’re in the upstairs dining room of Ki’s Restaurant, located on the Pacific Coast Highway, directly across the street from Cardiff State Beach. Picture windows...
There are some real cool beans here - ready for a cup?
When it comes to scratching that morning caffeine itch, a cup of Starbucks joe—available on practically every corner—groggily guzzled down will suffice. When our espresso search is, however, a little less of an...
Chef Brad McDonald focus on classic French dishes at Couvant
If there’s a dish Brad McDonald is determined to keep on the menu at Couvant, it’s the skate. The Mississippi-born chef has worked at renowned restaurants around the world, including Shotgun in London, Thomas...
Serving American and soul food on the Cedar Park-Cobbs Creek
A new bistro has opened in West Philly’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood, just north of 52nd and Baltimore. 720 West Bistro takes the place of erstwhile bar Blue Nile at 720 South 52nd Street.
Eight places serving the best avocado toast in Boston
Sometimes you wake up in the morning and the only way you can imagine starting your day is with a nice piece of toast with smashed avocado on it for breakfast, maybe with some lemon juice or chili flakes for good measure. The craving for avocado toast is just a fact of life at this point, but we’re...
Famed Le Pigeon chef Gabriel Rucker proves an original
Wine bars, burgers, neo-bistro cooking. If Portland 2018 has a culinary...
They have hosted many leaders, and are ready for you
Rebranded as the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, the property has undergone a 3-year renovation, adding new amenities and dialing up the style of existing ones. The hotel first opened in 1847 as a two-story building with 40 rooms. Over the years, it has changed hands and expanded, recovering from hurricanes, fire, and a war or two. In 1864, part of the Grand became a Confederate hospital; you’ll find a...
Restaurants blends some entertainment w/signature dishes
Las Vegas Magazine
Celebrity chef Steve Martorano is an imposing man, a native Philadelphian whose grand stature is only rivaled by his larger-than-life personality. The...
Eat a meal for two that costs < than GDP of small country?
Phoenix New Times
A flight to Iceland. An entry-level DSLR camera. Enough liquor and tinctures to trick out a bar cart. A robotic vacuum controlled through your phone. These are some of the things you can get for $364. As I sipped hibiscus tea pulled through a coffee siphon onto a Luxardo cherry, as a suited...
Some old standards, some new contenders, and all delicious
Casual takeout spots. Packed lunch joints. And a shave ice cafe. In a city crawling with Thai restaurants, these are just a few of our favorites.
Have a great, laid-back dining experience @ the Flying Goose
The scene: Brew pubs and craft breweries are trendy and ubiquitous, but the Flying Goose in central New Hampshire was way ahead of the curve. They first started brewing more than 20 years ago, and have become a...
New York City's pizza scene is stronger than ever
Never before has the New York City pizza scene been as strong and diverse as it is today. World-famous pizzaiolos are continually trying to break ground in this food epicenter to see if their pies can compete, and other types, such as Detroit-style pizza, are starting to become popular pizza contenders too. Even the venerable Anthony Mangieri -- who is considered to be one of the most respected...
Bar Sótanois is centered on agave spirits
Walk through an alley to an old freight elevator, let it transport you beneath the bustling streets of Chicago, and emerge into a hidden, mezcal-scented space that marries industrial chic elements with decor inspired by Mexico City. This is Bar Sótano, the latest bar and restaurant from...
A bakery, hotel dining, accessible food, Irish pub, & fine
After a few sluggish months marked by more closings than openings, Austin’s restaurant scene has finally started picking up steam. In November, the most promising openings all adopted accessibility as their mantra....
Big fall openings, plus a fun place to escape
It’s been a busy fall so far for restaurant and bar openings, with major debuts like Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll’s St. Anselm, Reverie from Minibar alum Johnny Spero, and a modern Japanese eatery from restaurateur Michael Schlow. Want to escape? Drinking under the disco ball at the Destination...
Serving some of the most delicious pupusas in the East Bay
Xinia Cruz shows off her El Salvadoran-style empanadas, which are made with ripe plantains and deep-fried. A few Saturdays ago, after a lively wedding, many bottles of wine, and the resulting hangover, I laid on the floor of my bedroom and craved sancocho de res, a beef soup made with yuca and corn that had saved me many times when I lived Colombia. I hadn't eaten sancocho in years, but in that moment...
These pieces of creation connect us all through architecture
Churches, despite their complicated history, have been one of the largest employers of artists and architects—not just because they believed some of these creatively inclined men and women were touched by God, but...
Consider this list a starting point, not a definitive one
San Diego Union-Tribune
I’ve had a variation of that conversation for the 15 years I’ve lived in San Diego — especially over the past four months that I’ve been reporting this story on San Diego’s best Italian restaurants. From Little Italy to La Mesa, Carlsbad to Imperial Beach, I’ve been on a carb-loaded, frustration-filled quest to find well-prepared, authentic-tasting Italian food. My goal was to find three — just...
A story about a Maui day I set aside to do nothing but relax
Over four days, I’d been on 34 ziplines, from the slopes of Haleakala to the West Maui Mountains, all for this magazine. It was seriously fun. But, in the end, it was, well, exhausting. I’d yet to spend a single moment of daylight where I was staying: West Maui’s ever-popular, ever sun-kissed resort...