Happy hours - few places actually make those hours happy
Any bar or restaurant can drop prices on well drinks and dish out reheated sliders for a couple hours. Pshh. Only a few places actually make Happy Hour happy, stretching your dollar while offering a quality booze and tasty snacks. Here are the Pasadena Happy Hours that check all the right boxes....
Guests should expect the unexpected - in a good way
“I thought Times Square was ripe for a reawakening and a reinvention,” says celebrated hotelier and real-estate developer Ian Schrager of opening the 452-room Edition hotel this month. And for the Brooklyn-born Schrager—who has been reinventing everything from nightclubs to residential developments since the 1970s—this was a challenge squarely in his wheelhouse.
Xi'an Fusing Cafe comes from Valley veteran of Chinese food
Phoenix New Times
Last week, I rolled up to Xi’an Fusing Cafe in Mesa all hyped to eat strap-wide noodles. These noodles, biang biang — named for the onomatopoetic sound they give when plied and...
This La Jolla restaurant cooks up the top-shelf local catch
San Diego Magazine
Philly’s got cheesesteaks. San Francisco gave us cioppino. And San Diego created the fish taco. Yellowtail is a top-shelf local catch—white-flesh tuna that’s delicious as sushi, delicious cooked, just plain delicious—and Galaxy Taco has two of the city’s top chefs in Christine Rivera and...
Washington's first Certified Creative District is close by
Edmonds, a Seattle suburb long dedicated to the arts, was named the state’s first Certified Creative District last November, a legislative program designed to support the state’s creative economy. A tour of its compact downtown shows off why: you’ll find public art installations, museums, galleries and boutiques, all set within walking distance of Puget Sound and the Edmonds ferry terminal.
The best wursts in the city
With the weather warming up and baseball season just around the corner, your thoughts might be turning to a juicy hot dog. For those who can't afford a ticket to Oracle Park, we've rounded up a few of the best spots in town to chow down on a frankfurter. Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top...
The endless coffee is good, and try the Blackened Catfish
Chef Anh Luu brings a unique Asian fusion twist on Cajun-Creole cuisine....
With rustic Italian dishes, Gulf seafood & house-made pastas
Gianna, the Italian restaurant from the Link Restaurant Group, opens...
Isn't it better to be happy all of the time? Try here.
Happy hour is supposed to be relaxing, but the short run times can give anyone a panic attack. First, you have to come up with an excuse to leave the office before hitting the highway at Formula One speeds, hoping...
Indie food and a bar scene not often seen on the Strip
The New York Times
Azia Skeen discovered Las Vegas’s little-known (to tourists, anyway) Arts District by chance. Her plane home to San Diego was delayed, and at 19, she was too young to gamble in the casinos. With 12 hours to kill, she wandered into the Arts District, an 18-square-block area of low-slung commercial...
The best luxury resort versus a resort that is more modern
Both these hotels offer the most luxury hotel option in Waikiki. If you travel further out of Waikiki, but remain on Oahu, the Four Seasons Oahu is worth a stay as well, but within Waikiki, these are definitely both your best options. Book either hotel with our luxury travel concierge to get...
Based on recommendations based on years of attending games
What are the best MLB ballparks? We rank them from top to bottom in our annual Best of the Ballparks MLB rankings, updated for the 2019 season. Everyone has a favorite ballpark, whether it be the site of one’s first MLB game, home to a memorable moment, or the hometown favorite where we’ve spent the...
Like Kensington's beloved Thang Long? Same people
A long-running Kensington pho specialist has just opened a new location in Northern Liberties. Pho House, the latest from the folks behind Thang Long, softly opened at 177 West Girard Avenue over the weekend. The menu at Pho House includes the same family recipes owners Phan and Dung Tran have been...
Sip on a cocktail and enjoy the sunshine at these places
Spring is in full swing and the warmer weather means it is time to head outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. To make the most out of the season, don’t run back indoors as soon as hunger hits. Instead, cool off – or trying to get a pre-summer tan – at one of these restaurants that have beautiful décor, refreshing cocktails and an outdoor oasis that makes you want to give up your brownstone for a lush green...
Ask them about the time the US Air Force stopped by...
There is a series of things you expect to see when you walk into a brewery—tanks, taps, and, more than likely, beards. A decommissioned military plane hanging in the rafters isn’t necessarily one of them. But at Vagabond you’ll find just that. The Salem-based brewery, which already operates three...
Smaller plates are straightforward and solid
Phoenix New Times
At the end of my first meal at Fellow Osteria, our young waitress brought my wife and I two petals of begonia — scarlet begonia, just like the Grateful Dead song. “Eat these,” she told us. I blinked once and placed a petal between my teeth. It ruptured like silk, releasing a flavor like crushed...
They quadrupled the size of this Italian culinary eatery
San Diego Union-Tribune
After six years of planning and three years of construction, Ciao Ristorante Italiano in Vista is finally finished with its vast expansion project. Since 2016, the popular family-owned restaurant at 2015 E. Vista Way has been undergoing a gradual expansion that has quadrupled its size from 3,000 to...
Turkey's most recognizable culinary export and more
"We like the sea and the lake," says Özkan Yilmaz, the owner of...
DC has a surprising large variety of places to drink
Our favorite places to drink for every occasion. You want something low-key. You’re in the mood for love. You want to see (and drink) where the booze gets made. You want to stick it to the man. You want to hang out with...
Dig in (with your hands) to this handful of standout dishes
Perhaps it’s a movement toward international street food in an era of globalization. Or maybe it’s a yearning for the nostalgia of the concession stands that...
A casual menu of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare
Middle Eastern restaurant Fattoush is now open on Tulane Avenue. The...
Restaurant of the Year: Olamaie - see where else to go
Over the past six weeks, we have been celebrating Austin’s restaurant and bar scene as part of our 2019 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. After much deliberation from our expert panel of judges (and a heated reader...
They are adding outdoor performances and a revamped menu
San Francisco Chronicle
It’s no easy feat renovating a 99-year-old Marin County restaurant like Sam’s Anchor Cafe, especially in the small town of Tiburon. “During the process, people would randomly walk in, check it out and ask questions,” co-owner Conor Flaherty said with a laugh. “People take an ownership to Sam’s.”...
A must-see destination for many of fashion's top designers
Los Angeles Times
Supreme may have transformed Fairfax Avenue into a global destination for streetwear, drawing lines of box-logo fanatics so long and unwavering that the brand recently had to institute a text-message paging system to better manage its ritualized Thursday “drops.”
250 neon signs that help explain and show Vegas' past
You could breeze through the outdoor Neon Museum in under 30 minutes, snapping a few photos of vintage Vegas signs for Instagram and Facebook before returning to the gambling action on nearby Fremont Street or the...
Where 2 get Korean barbecue, fried chicken, banchan, & more
Where to get your fix of Korean barbecue, fried chicken, banchan, and more.
Two quintessential American foods - Hawaiian style
Our gang wuz at The Lanai food court at Ala Moana and we wuz all taking story, having fun. Everybody went for choose their food and I came back with my loco moco burger and loco moco dog from Mahaloha Burger. That's when one of my friends exclaimed, What da heck is that!? And one noddah person razzed me little bit, Ho, TWO dinners!?!
Graze Spanish-style for a flat fee during weekend brunch
Oloroso, Townsend Wentz’s Spanish spot in Midtown Village, has a new brunch menu. And in addition to being a pretty great deal, the restaurant’s new buffet-style menu is served in a style that’s the closest we’ve seen in Philly to how tapas is served in Spain.
Many of the dishes you'd expect, + unusual-sounding offering
There was a time, and not so long ago, when upper Bowery briefly became...
10 of the best hotels from the Betsy to the Delano
South Beach, Miami's glittering showcase of a coastline, is renowned for its neon-lit Art Deco hotels lining Ocean Drive and for the lifestyle-oriented boutique properties along Collins Avenue. Most hotels have rooms with a view and the all-important pool, so how to choose the best one for a South Beach getaway? These top ten hotels may look similar at first glance, but a variety of perks and quirks...
The interior is unique, but you'll remember the food
hef BJ Smith and I have one thing in common: We both have Polish grandmothers who taught us how to cook dumplings. But whereas he presumably likes his new Polish-inspired restaurant, Delores, I most certainly do not....
From resort orders to gastropubs and food trucks
Phoenix New Times
Mark your calendars. In case you haven't heard, Friday, April 12, is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Whether you're craving the traditional cheddar sandwiched between two pieces of toasted white bread or a fancier version of Brie and bacon neighbored by sourdough, the Valley is ready to...
A small town with big vacation opportunities
Despite a population that quadruples during high summer months and nearby New England Opens a New Window. travelers who head due North toward the mountains every winter, Newport doesn’t board up its doors and windows come...
Adjacent tasting room is dog friendly and then some
San Diego Reader
Three years ago, former firefighter and LPGA golfer Mary Paulson was a home cider maker who would invite a couple dozen friends to her North Park home for what she called back yard happy hooch hour parties. She enjoyed sharing and refining recipes, but it was ultimately a dog that inspired her to set...
Some of the most extravagant and unique hotel lobbies around
Whether you book a Chicago hotel as a local or an out-of-towner, many of the city's accommodations guarantee you'll be staying in style. From the historic, hand-painted ceiling of the Palmer House to the podcasting booth in the modern Moxy Hotel, Chicago offers a vibe for every type of traveler.
At least the drinks are a sure thing
Looking for a good first date suggestion? Where to go when you're getting to know a new date, from Hill Prince to B Side.