Something in every dish kisses the fire at Oxomoco
Pizza and tacos are two of the world’s great foods. “So why not cook both?” is more or less the question chef Justin Bazdarich asked himself. His restaurant Speedy Romeo is one of Brooklyn’s most popular new-school pizzerias, popular enough for him and his partner to open a second branch on the...
The Electric Eel coaster jams lots of excitement into a ride
San Diego Union-Tribune
The new triple-launch looping roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego may sit on a small footprint, but don’t let its compact size fool you: Electric Eel delivers a thrilling jolt. The vertically-oriented ride officially debuted Thursday on a relatively small 1.2-acre site next to Journey to Atlantis.
Low-key, reasonably priced, & simpler than you might expect
The achiote grilled chicken thighs (right) make for a tasty taco. Since it debuted in 2012, Comal has been perennially packed — a restaurant both critically acclaimed and publicly adored. The Berkeley restaurant was among the first in the Bay Area to serve Mexican fare with the same zeal for local ingredients as other farm-to-table restaurants.
Visitor to town this summer? Start off with a cocktail
With the annual vacation season right around the corner – which means friends and relatives coming to town, wondering where they might want to stay – it’s good to know which hotels in town have swell bars. Because you wouldn’t want to leave your visitors without a cocktail, right?
Appealing to global travelers + adventurous eat & drinkers
Chef Toni Robertson is channeling her global education and experience into Z Bar, slated to open mid-June atop the Peninsula Hotel. Born in Myanmar and raised in Chicago, Robertson has worked in New York, Singapore, Italy, South Africa and France, and said the different foods and cultures informed the creation of her menu.
From France’s Brittany region comes galettes and crepes
Las Vegas Review-Journal
The melting pot that is Southern Nevada serves us culinary experiences from around the world. One of the latest comes from France’s Brittany region — ground zero for the crepe — by owners of The Real Crepe, who dish up a superlative and charming taste of their homeland. The Real Crepe upholds Breton...
RoRo cantina might be slick, but it’s plenty authentic
One could be forgiven for reflexively consigning Taco Chelo to “bourgeoisie taco shop” status. After all, it’s the brainchild of culinary maestro Aaron Chamberlin, whose two best-known efforts – St. Francis in 2008 and Phoenix Public Market Café in 2013 – both helped trigger an upscale renaissance...
When it comes to local cocktails, what’s in a name?
Who wants Sex on the Beach? And by that, I mean a mixed drink of vodka, peach schnapps, and orange and cranberry juices. Or a Between the Sheets, with white rum, cognac, triple sec and lemon juice. You could also get a bloody mary, Monkey Gland, White Lady or French 75. But maybe the bigger question...
A monthly guide from Brett Anderson and Todd A. Price
Welcome to summer. Here in New Orleans, we don’t let the excessive heat wilt our appetites. Are you wondering, “Where should I eat?” Our dining team, Brett Anderson and Todd A. Price, have answers in a monthly guide that includes new restaurants, old favorites and recent discoveries.
Bringing high-end seafood to Central Austin with Guild
Landlocked Austin isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about seafood. Then again, there are chefs slinging sushi in the desert. Besides, we’re not that far from the Gulf, abundant with shrimp—sweet and fat from brackish waters—oysters, and a wide variety of fish. When you...
Getting ingredients from local farmers makes for great food
From a dining perspective, it’s hard to talk about the farm-to-table movement in 2018. After all, the local, organic food trend hit mainstream dining a decade ago — which means that today, even chefs with a deep contact list of farmers and foragers tend to shy away from the term, which now feels...
A Brookline eatery nails the modern neighborhood spot
The chopped salad at Coolidge Corner’s appealingly earnest Prairie Fire...
There’s no animal products in sight, but eaters will love it
It’s “Hamilton” for vegans. Diners can thank the co-owner of the city’s best meatless restaurant for the umami-rich appeal of dan dan noodles that fill the mouth with flames and an avocado filled with pickled, “riced” cauliflower, sunny with turmeric. “I’ve got a carnivorous palate,” says chef...
Choose your own anytime-adventure from foie gras, & more
The hardest part of being a kid, at least for me, was not being able to do what I wanted when I wanted to. Now, as an adult, if I do just that, it’s viewed as childish. You just can’t win. Unless you’re at Canard, where doing what you want is the damn point, and exactly what makes it so fun. The third restaurant from Gabe Rucker (or restaurant/bar, bar/restaurant,...
Blue seashell tiles and turquoise leather chairs & booths...
It’s hard to believe that the Mina Group’s Cal Mare is located in one of L.A.’s biggest shopping malls on one of the city’s busiest boulevards, because after one of its classic Aperol spritzes at the bar you’d swear you were either...
Seven recently opened hot spots in Music City
Garden & Gun
Last year, 14.5 million visitors drank PBRs at Robert’s, braved the hot...
156 years young - see it in its renovated glory
Travel + Leisure
New England has some wicked stereotypes. But no matter what the rest of the country thinks, few places are better at embracing the idyllic summer spirit than New England. The Cliff House Maine in Cape Neddick, one of the region’s most historic hotels, recently underwent a renovation to make it even more New England-y than ever before.
The best architectural landmarks to visit in the Big Apple
“Skyscraper National Park.” That is what Kurt Vonnegut famously labeled New York City in his 1976 novel Slapstick. It’s true, the city is filled with tall buildings, and many of them stunningly beautiful. Yet, New York City also has other, lesser-known landmarks that don’t necessarily touch the...
New Sichuan-style hotpot spot in the Convoy
San Diego CityBeat
Chinese hot pot in San Diego used to mean a trip to Little Sheep Mongolian. Today we have multiple Taiwanese places, a Chonqing spot, ones with personal pots and many with communal pots. With ShuDao Hotpot (4690 Convoy St.), we have an authentic Sichuan place (and it’s not...
A neighborhood hangout with a unique business plan
San Francisco Chronicle
When I look around School Night, I wonder if I’m looking at the future of bars and restaurants in San Francisco. The bar, which recently opened as part of an event-space complex called the Pearl on 19th Street, is just off the main drag in Dogpatch. There’s active construction in pretty much every...
Beer taprooms are making a clear shift from novelty to norm
Early Friday evening at Fremont Brewing’s taproom—which offers no discounts and only pretzels and apples as food—the tables are full and the line long and the conversational tone as effervescent as a...
The brewery’s 1st Midwestern location -settled in the W loop
The first thing you’ll notice once you enter Ballast Point’s spacious taproom in the West Loop (212 N. Green St.) is the sheer number of brews available. With over 45 beers on draft, you’re more than spoiled for choice. Sip on these in one of the bar’s spacious, well-lit rooms—most...
The friendly, welcoming vibe starts at the hostess station
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Celebrity chef Scott Conant has said his mission for his restaurant at Red Rock Resort revolves around conviviality, “nothing pretentious at all … a place where they can feel comfortable three times a week.” At Masso Osteria, he has succeeded to a resounding degree, his...
Mariscos, Mexican seafood -some of the best hot-weather eats
Phoenix New Times
On a gritty, traffic-choked stretch of Buckeye Road in Phoenix, tucked behind a lonely-looking salvage yard, you’ll find a mom-and-pop Mexican restaurant named, in part, after one of the most famous coastal cities in northern Sinaloa, Mexico. Bertha’s Restaurant “El Sabor de Los Mochis” (“The Flavor of Los Mochis”) opened quietly last September, serving the kind of fare you’d expect from a local...
Gran Electrica is capturing Napa locals with trendy decor
Taking a successful Brooklyn restaurant and opening a second location in a small Wine Country community like Napa takes bolas. But Gran Electrica appears to have won over Napa locals with trendy decor, authentic Mexican cuisine, and not-so-classic margaritas.
Located on the mist-kissed hills of Haleakala
I was on an Upcountry Maui mission. There were specific places I wanted—no, needed—to stop on a whirlwind day exploring the island’s Kula district. I craved fresh cream puffs from Komoda Bakery in the cowboy town of Makawao. I had plans to stroll the fields of Alii Kula Lavender Farm, high up on the...
Come see why Walt Disney wanted to replicated this place
You may have paid to see gussied-up variations of the quaint town of Marceline, Missouri. The community of about 2,500, two hours northeast of metro Kansas City, was the hometown and emotional lodestone of Walt Disney. His boyhood remembrances of Marceline influenced such films as the 1949 live-action/cartoon "So Dear to My Heart" and "Lady and the Tramp" (1955).
Offering a regular and vegan version of all its sandwiches
The restaurant offers a regular and vegan version of all its sandwiches.
Escape the day-to-day at this South Congress hotel
I occasionally like to escape myself. I’m lucky to live a full life, so when I slip out with a girlfriend for a quick drink and catch-up, I sometimes prefer a place with a sense of spaciousness. Which is one of the reasons I like the lounge at the Hotel San José. Tucked behind a low, ivy-covered...
Suraya was already good at what it was doing - now more
One of the joys of this gig is being proven wrong, or at least too quick to judge. And at Suraya, I wasn’t expecting much. No, that’s not right. Better to say that at Suraya, I wasn’t expecting much more. When it opened back in November of last year serving lunch and brunch, Suraya was a wonder — a...
Do they have the best pastrami sandwich on the East Coast?
The pastrami ($15) at Our Fathers in Lower Allston isn’t just good. It is exceptional. Cut by hand into thick, smoky, salt-plumped slabs from the gnarly navel side of the brisket, the cardamom-crusted beauty is so riddled...
Have a fun night out with the whole family!
Finding a kid-friendly restaurant is crucial to a pleasurable night out with the family in the Washington, D.C. area. A restaurant that does not accommodate or welcome children can put a damper on your trip to the District. As a rule of thumb, most burger and pizza joints are kid-friendly. Most on...
A new quirky place to stay, with quirky places to hang out
A week before opening, Lisa Donoughe dodged construction workers in the glassed-in lobby of the Jupiter NEXT, the Jupiter Hotel’s new...
They wanted to feed people, and they started an industry
There really was a berry farm. For that matter, there really were farmers whose surname was Knott. Unlike most theme parks, which rely on fictional backstories to drive their narratives, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena...
The surrounding area provides for an ideal summer excursion
Each June, American designers are recognized at the CFDA Fashion Awards for their talent and innovation. Design awards are distributed, along with acknowledgements for excellence in journalism, creative vision, personal style, and lifetime achievement. The Brooklyn Museum will play host to the 2018...
Not just outside, but outside with great views
San Diego Reader
Long summer days mean opportunities for drinking outdoors. Here are the top five brewery destinations to catch fresh air and sunshine with your craft beers this summer.