Come for the saguaro, stay for the beauty and food
Los Angeles Times
The saguaro, with towering trunks and branches studded with spines, is synonymous with the American Southwest. The majestic cactus flourishes primarily in the southern two-thirds of Arizona, putting Phoenix in the middle of its turf. The tab for two, excluding transportation: $289 for a room at the aptly named Saguaro hotel, $100 for dinner and prickly pear margaritas at Chelsea’s Kitchen and $98 for a...
The best way to see the dog-friendly sights of S.F.
With its temperate weather, walkable (if sometimes hilly) neighborhoods, and gem-like public parks, San Francisco is the West’s ultimate destination for active dogs and their people. Start at one of the city’s newest pet-friendly hotels, and a daylong stroll can be just what the doctor (or veterinarian) ordered.
What places are garnering serious buzz and why?
When it comes to eating out in central Pa., what places are garnering...
The bar has two facing grand pianos for a nightly show
San Diego Union-Tribune
Bob Walin has seen a lot of businesses come and go in the Gaslamp Quarter. But he has found an unusual niche that seems to have staying power. Walin is celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Shout House, a dueling piano bar he opened with two partners on March 23, 2004, two weeks before former President Jimmy Carter threw the first pitch at Petco Park.
Go to Chez Nous, Chispas, Cooper’s, Parkside, P6, Péché...
Grumble though locals might about the throngs of people descending for SXSW, most still can’t resist the siren call of excitement happening downtown. But all those people need somewhere to eat. That’s why we put...
From the pastel-filled Candy Bar to eloquent King Cole Bar
Hotel bars often bring to mind one of two things: overpriced, stuffy old establishments or lounges filled with businessmen watching sports and drinking beers after a day of meetings. In recent years, however, a wealth of new boutique hotels and design-minded renovations have made us rethink what a hotel bar can be. Now, there seems to be a new, beautifully designed space with amazing drink lists...
A 7-course dinner on the theme of beef that is still rare
The New York Times
The main attraction at Madame Vo BBQ, now two months into its run on Second Avenue in the East Village, is a seven-course dinner on the theme of beef. This is a familiar concept in Vietnam, where it is known as bo bay mon, as well as in San Jose, Calif., Houston and other areas with robust Vietnamese...
These bacon-wrapped hot dogs are a signature street food
These bacon-wrapped hot dogs are Tucson's signature street food. From simple carts to fine dining, we sampled Sonoran dogs throughout the city to give you a guide to its hot dog scene.
A small plates restaurant - great for drinks & few bites
Ferris Bueller doesn’t believe in “-isms.” Instead, he says, people should believe in themselves. It’s a catchy turn of phrase, so you don’t realize it’s completely empty until it’s way too late to change the quote in your middle school yearbook. And if Ferris were still around today (having inevitably fled Chicago for Boston after being...
From Civil War landmarks to art galleries, lots to see
Charleston's cultural offerings range from Civil War landmarks to art galleries - and the Gullah people's sweetgrass baskets which showcase the nation's oldest craft of African origin.
Sister bar, No Kisses, will debut by the end of the week
DC has lots of Neapolitan pies. It’s also home to plenty of jumbo slices. Sonny’s Pizza, now open in Park View, is hoping to bring some attention to the underrepresented grandma-style rectangular. The restaurant...
The man knows sneakers. And this is where he buys them
Chances are you bought your last pair of sneakers online, sight unseen, rather than the old-fashioned way. But to shop...
A place to hang out, and a great place to get a great meal
Las Vegas Magazine
When Roy Choi opens a restaurant, high expectations come with it. For those unfamiliar with the Los Angeles-based chef, if you’ve eaten at any type of...
Serving dim sum & Chinese specialties in the French Quarter
From a few blocks away, we could see people spilling out the doors of Dian Xin. They were there, presumably, for the Hong Kong-style soup dumplings or fiery Sichuan beef draped in chili oil. Word has spread that the French Quarter restaurant is serving some really good dim sum.
From Delco taverns to Northeast Philly corner shops...
We here at Foobooz write about cheesesteaks…a lot. As much as the sandwich has become synonymous with Philadelphia to outsiders, it’s got a longstanding place in our shared civic and culinary history that deserves to be celebrated. But we all know that Philly’s best-kept secret is another meaty,...
Their globally inspired menu will seem familiar to fans
Tasty N Daughters, the Southeast Portland reboot of popular brunch spot Tasty N Sons, quietly opened last week on Southeast Division Street. The restaurant, opened by Toro Bravo chef John Gorham on North Williams Avenue nearly 10 years ago, moved into the old Woodsman Tavern space at the start of...
From morning brew to breakfast, lunch, & evening snacks
Phoenix New Times
Operating as the epicenter of the bustling Valley, downtown Phoenix is a burgeoning place. At first glance, you might think there are only a few spots to enjoy a nice coffee, bite to eat, or sip of vino. But think of the center of the city as an onion; all you need to do is peel back the layers....
New owners, new space recast Seattle’s mainstay Italian deli
Armandino Batali is holding court at Salumi, just like in the old days, but today there’s a white wine in his hand. A woman in her early 40s with an outdoorsy radiance approaches him with a plate. It’s not heaped with...
Mochi muffin marries the flavor of kue lapis w/ mochiko +
San Francisco Chronicle
If you’ve bought a cup of coffee in the Bay Area in the past two years, you’ve probably stumbled upon the mochi muffin. The mochi muffin — and its brethren of East Asian and Southeast Asian flavored custard cakes from Berkeley’s Third Culture Bakery — has been slowly working its way into local cafe...
Most famous for its apple pancake (come hungry!)
San Diego Union-Tribune
When it comes to American comfort food and hospitality, Richard Walker Jr. says serving it up fast and piping hot is in his blood. Walker is a third-generation restaurateur and the owner of the Richard Walker’s Pancake House that opened Monday in the new Square at Bressi Ranch shopping center in Carlsbad.
Look forward to roasted pork belly and halo-halo
“Filipino food is very diverse because of all the people coming in to the Philippines,” says Marlon Tan, co-owner of Cebu, a Filipino restaurant coming to Wicker Park. “The Spanish were there for 400 years and before them, the Chinese. We are really proud of our heritage and want to share...
Check off all your food goals without leaving city center
The Austin Chronicle
Whether you're on a break, or you've designated time to indulge in a leisurely dinner, we've mapped out the Downtown restaurant scene to help you plan for any kind of meal. Spread across the city center, you'll find dining options from Lamar to I-35, and Cesar Chavez to 10th.
Kauai's southeast shore has a lot of charm—and great burgers
Kapaa is a charming Kauai town, known for its colorful, eclectic storefronts and rolling white sand beaches. Located on the southeast shore of the island, Kapaa is only about 9 miles from the Lihue Airport and takes roughly 20 minutes to reach by car. Once a part of Kauai’s plantation past, this...
Designed to be apolitical, with lots of whiz-bang tech
After downing a second vial of “baby blue truth serum,” which mysteriously tasted like vodka, I admitted something to myself. I wasn’t enjoying the sardine-and-hard-boiled-egg appetizer at the opening night party for...
Looking for kid-friendly places for breakfast and dinner?
Where’s the best place to take a family to breakfast and dinner, from...
Beverage menu peppered w/ eccentric and unexpected elements
Lapop is one of Adams Morgan’s most inconspicuous cafes. Tucked beneath sister restaurant Lapis, the low-key cafe opened last year and was originally known as Sweet Science, serving as a gathering spot for coffee,...
Ugly is in the eye of the beholder - holding chicken here
The Los Angeles skyline is iconic, sometimes outranking cities like New York and Chicago's. But it's not just our downtown skyscrapers that have character. Buildings all over the...
Extensive whiskey list organized 1st by country of origin
Las Vegas Weekly
With 170 whiskeys and counting, you’d think the name Big Whiskey’s referred to the bar-restaurant’s favorite booze. But it actually taps into the legend behind the Springfield, Missouri, chain. Big Whiskey was a...
The Mandeville eatery has dropped "& Bones" from its name
A popular Mandeville barbecue restaurant has lost part of its name but...
Brings novel twists to familiar flavors at this upscale BYOB
Some chefs rocket to the top when they’re young. Others rattle around for a while, following mentors and biding their time, soaking in what wisdom they can while taking deep breaths, sometimes for decades, before finally taking the ownership plunge.
A breezy, West Coast-inspired and Italian-inflected concept
This promising Italian concept in Scottsdale is rounding its first turn without the services of its founding chef – and the quality has stumbled in kind. Phoenix’s restaurant graveyard is littered with the corpses of big-city brands whose carpetbagger chefs must have sized up our local food scene and envisioned easy...
4X the brewing capacity, allowing an expanded beer line-up
In the “Boom or Bust” cycles of America’s still-young craft beer industry, Great Notion Brewing seems happily on the “boom” side of things. On Monday, March 4th, the brewery opened its new, long-awaited, 20,000-foot expansion in NW Portland (2444 NW 28th Ave) after roughly two years of delays and...
30 years old is remarkable - they must be brewing GREAT beer
In 1990, a brewer walked into Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in the University District, which had been open since 1988, and started to make a beer. The smell of steaming wort probably wafted over the Ave as the brewer...
Classic doughnut favorites and exciting newcomers
When it comes to a simple morning indulgence, few things beat a cup of coffee and a warm donut—except maybe two donuts. Luckily, like with most foodie favorites, the Bay Area has a plethora of donut spots for you to try. Maybe you're looking for the best classic donut, or you want to try a bunch of different flavors without...
Gelato is more dense than regular ice cream, and lower fat
San Diego Reader
We’ve all waited patiently for sunny weather and daylight savings to return, and now that they have, we need to turn our attention back to ice cream. Rather, gelato. Bobboi Natural Gelato, if I’m being picky. The couple behind Bobboi studied the gelato craft in their native Italy before moving here...
Wraparound bar as well as stadium seating - and NEON
As you might expect for a place that hawks CBD-infused cocktails, Young American is a casual, laid-back place to while away the evening. In the former home of Johnny’s Grill and Mezcaleria Las Flores, this self-described “progressive bar and kitchen” is moodily lit — slightly reminiscent of a Wong...