Check out Agrodolce, Art of the Table, Bluebird Ice Cream...
Home to a diverse lineup of restaurants, Fremont may just be the most...
Visit a mile-long stretch of restaurants, shops, and bars
One might think growing up in Delray Beach, Florida would be paradise. You're 10 minutes (or less) from the beach, one hour from Miami, and the locals (like me!) are friendly and laid-back. Instead, I dreamed of living in New York City, with its 24-hour hustle and bustle, changing seasons, and...
Whatever your poison, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave
The alleyways of Tokyo are famous for their colorful lanterns, tiny eateries, and late-night revelry. Known in Japanese as “yokocho,” these hidden streets have inspired a dark, cozy bar in Wicker Park that serves a variety of drinks and small bites.
A menu that supports sustainable practices & big flavors
Eddie Tancredi's a busy guy. He markets a line of spices and salad dressings, he has a custom-cooked meals business and, now, after many years as a hired chef in other people's restaurants, he has Distill Table. It's the well-regarded chef's first owned-and-operated restaurant and the only one in the city attached to an organic distillery,...
Incorporating French, Spanish, and Italian influences
Calling a restaurant Mediterranean hardly narrows down what diners can expect to see on a menu. The sea itself borders 21 countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Orders of hummus and pita are as much a...
This town has a ton of melodic food choices
You've got friends and/or family in town. You need to do something fun with them. Or maybe you just want to kick your weekend into a higher gear. You're in luck. In almost any Los Angeles neighborhood, you could spit...
Traditions of shawarma, doner kebab and tacos al pastor
The New York Times
The fancy mall in the Time Warner Center known as the Shops at Columbus Circle has a lot to answer for. Its opening, in 2003, may have marked Manhattan’s capitulation to a retail landscape ruled by chains rather than independent, homegrown businesses. For diners, the mall is best known for its...
Historically a predominantly Italian neighborhood
East Passyunk is now a vibrantly diverse pocket of cafes, bars and restaurants celebrating the art of great hospitality and good cooking. The epicenter for most of the activity of this neighborhood is centered around the street for which the neighborhood is named: East Passyunk Avenue. The entire...
Tortas Manny serves a lot more than just tortas
Phoenix New Times
Tortas Manny in south Phoenix produces the kind of tortas that are soft everywhere except the interior, toasted to a thin layer of crispness. The roll is yielding, missing the slight chew that some telera rolls have, amplifying the pillowy nature via avocados and tomatoes if you answer “yes” when asked if you want...
Where to really eat like a local, right now
Food & Wine Magazine
From iconic bistros to humble sandwich shops, the little neighborhood restaurant has always been an essential piece of the New Orleans experience. Nothing’s changed there, unless you count just how many new and...
Hong Kong-style street food dessert has arrived with a twist
Opened just after New Year's, Double Three may not be the first Hong Kong-style bubble waffle shop in Hawaii — now-closed Buffle Puff and Puffettes introduced them several years ago. But Double Three does have a twist: It stuffs its waffles with ice cream. Owner Yugo Kawasaki explains that ice cream isn’t typically included in the Hong Kong street food snack, so he makes his waffles less sweet to accommodate...
There’s a fish-forward focus at Normandie
ometimes what makes a restaurant work is a mystery. On its face, Normandie isn’t all that different from the restaurant that was there before, Rue. Both draw French inspiration but are far from orthodox. Both also do much with seafood and seasonal vegetables—and yet Rue folded after about 18 months, having...
Now with a more traditional Japanese pub feel
Sushi Ran is a name that rings familiar for most San Franciscans—Sausalito's sushi spot has been beloved for years, worthy of the drive across the bridge. Now we need only to hop off Muni near the Castro for a taste of this favorite restaurant as its spin-off, Izakaya Sushi Ran, has opened in the...
Where can you get hot links mixed in?
Las Vegas Weekly
If you’re originally from the South—or from the Midwest, like me—you probably experience a frequent pang for biscuits and gravy. And if you’re living in Vegas, you might not know where to find the best. We did some digging—and a lot of eating—to point you straight to the top.
These towering, souffle-style pancakes are a Japanese craze
This question landed in my inbox before the new year, so I hope that you spent the holidays in Tokyo tasting what all the fuss is...
With the holiday festivities are over, what do we do now?
San Diego Union-Tribune
Shake off those holiday blues by creating fun activities with the family — outdoors. What better way to start a New Year than spending quality time with the kids by exploring some of the hidden treasures that San Diego County has to offer. From discovering a mythical world in Escondido to exploring a sea cave in La Jolla, here are six free to low-cost family-friendly activities that will surely get...
You don't have to stay at the hotel to eat at the restaurant
If you think about it, the hotel is an odd bird. It’s a liminal space, designed to be comfortable but transitory. In the past, hotels relied on a blandly pleasant backdrop for that comfort, but no more. In order to compete with a disrupted economy (ahem, Airbnb), they’re stepping up the game, with...
At this tiny counter, delicious hand rolls are served
Generally, it’s unwise to dwell on all the hands that touch your food...
Handmade tlacoyos, pork belly, smoke-riddled pork... yum!
This year, I was constantly in awe of the neighborhood restaurant, the independently owned establishment far from downtown. Not just one, but a few, where the quality of the food and the sheer effort exerted by the staff was impossible to ignore.
You know you want a pizza bagel, too
I ate over a thousand restaurant dishes this year (really, I counted!). Here are the ten that I haven’t stopped thinking about, in no particular order.
Long Beach is chock-a-block with things to do
While Long Beach is in Los Angeles County, it often feels more linked to Orange County, the suburban mecca just to the south. But thanks to rent prices going up in Los Angeles (who could have seen that coming?) and the improved L.A. Metro going all the way to downtown Long Beach, this quieter oceanside city is about to have a moment. Here are the best things to do when you travel here:
Across 20,000 sqft, you'll find nearly 10 restaurant options
It opened with little fanfare last month, but the soft launch is no indication of quantity or quality: Japan Village is a massive mecca for Japanese food lovers. Across 20,000 square feet, the market-food hall hybrid is a one of a kind in NYC and offers yet another reason to travel to Sunset Park. Adding to the burgeoning Industry City — after two years in the works — Japan Village quietly welcomed...
An izakaya & bar in Fishtown that’s great for a casual date
First dates are one of the world’s greatest wonders. Much like Stonehenge and all-inclusive family vacations, they’re a ton of work to coordinate and prepare for, and they’re usually kind of a letdown once you get there. Besides sustaining at least an hour of conversation with someone you likely have almost nothing in common with, you...
It doesn't have to be New Years to have a hangover...
Phoenix New Times
These 13 delicious, savory breakfast cocktails are worth seeking out any time of day, even if you aren't in need of a hair-of-the-dog tonic. Be warned: Not all of these are available all the time. We've got you covered below.
Seafood, vegetables and some Indonesian-inspired dishes
Zasu (127 N. Carrollton Ave.), the widely anticipated restaurant from...
Beautiful countryside, a cornucopia of crops & gorgeous view
You’ve rented a car. It’s a gorgeous day. Put on sunscreen, grab your camera and hit the road! The concierge at your hotel can provide details about the activities and attractions that are mentioned.
Bringing 'Godfather'-level pastries and focaccia to the SE
Portland has some fine Italian spots. Access to great Italian wine, cheese, and salumi. Neapolitan pizza? We’re drowning in it. What we don’t have is a real Italian bakery—cannoli Rocco and Clemenza would kill for. Now, with Bella’s Italian Bakery and Market, baking talent Michelle Vernier is bringing Godfather-level...
The Guadalajara-style tortas and tacos are worth a try
The menu at Tortas Ahogadas Mi Barrio takes up nearly half a wall of the restaurant, but most customers order only two things: the namesake torta ahogada and the tacos dorados. In fact, on weekends during lunchtime, you'll see groups of families and friends showing up — sometimes to lines outside the door — for these Guadalajaran specialties at the Fruitvale restaurant. As the cooks work non-stop in...
Switch Up Your Vegas Stay With These 5 Best-Kept Secrets
Las Vegas is full of secrets; isn’t that why people love it so much? It’s one of the most visited cities in the world, and for good reason. Between lavish suites, celebrity chefs and the best Bloody Mary in the state of Nevada, Las Vegas—Downtown especially—houses some of the best-kept secrets you...
Tanám is putting Filipino food on the map in Boston
Ellie Tiglao’s foray into pop-up dining was borne out of an innate reaction: If you can’t find it, make it. After moving from California to Boston for a career in neuroscience, Tiglao wasn’t satisfied with the Filipino food available in Boston, and...
Last years picks should be this years destinations for you
San Diego Magazine
Restaurant people hate choosing favorites. But I made them. Or, rather, begged until they acquiesced and spilled their favorites. To take the temp of San Diego’s dining scene in 2018, I asked the city’s top chefs, restaurant owners, and bartenders: What’s your favorite restaurant that’s not your own?...
Downtown Central Library’s restaurant offers a mixed bag
The Austin Chronicle
Walking into Cookbook, the counter-service cafe located in the new Central Library, is a bittersweet experience for me, as it's home to the extensive cookbook collection of my friend and mentor, Virginia B. Wood. After her passing, my friends and fellow Chronicle food writers spent hours sorting,...
A comparison between Shanghai Garden & Bamboo Garden
When it comes to Christmas Day traditions, I'm a fan of eating a big nap-inducing meal at a Chinese restaurant packed with Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and atheists. My go-to place is Shanghai Garden, where there's a line out the door and down the sidewalk, and people hold numbered cards that the hosts...
There is far more than New York and Chicago styles...
Encompassing newer Italian imports as well as famous rivalries (New York vs. Chicago, anyone?) and lesser-known specialties like Omaha-style pizza and Colorado Mountain pies, here's a guide to the regional pizza styles of the U.S.
Do what you love and you can't go wrong, even with olive oil
Tucked inside the Frontier Shops courtyard in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona, just past the tourist shops selling turquoise beads and Southwestern baubles, you'll find a small, well-lit specialty shop called Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars. The shop – which carries premium olive oils and aged...
A coastal Italian–themed restaurant w/lusty new menu
Whatever you think of tea-smoked duck breast stacked like masonry, or aggressively deconstructed Key lime pie, or the novelty of dining inside an Airstream-sized “nest” made of bent birch wood—you probably winced a little bit the day downtown’s stunningly innovative Cerulean closed its doors. It...