$1.5B guitar-shaped Hard Rock property in Hollywood, Florida
A $1.5 billion guitar-shaped Hard Rock property in Hollywood, Florida, opened to much fanfare last week.
Mexique fans will recognize 2 dishes, everything else is new
If there were a comeback of the year award in Chicago dining, it would undoubtedly be handed to chef Carlos Gaytan. The chef lost his 10-year-old Mexique restaurant last year, returned to his native Mexico and, a...
Find brews and stews, fireside nights, and snowy vistas
Around here, the tally of winter snow is over 100 inches so far. The banks are high enough to completely bury a five-foot-tall fence near Saco River Brewing in Fryeburg. And, when we arrive in the town of about 3,400 residents on a late winter Thursday, the accumulated snow is higher than the...
Where to go for your caffeine fix AND a bite to eat
Most Los Angeles coffee bars focus on pulling espresso, steaming milk and whipping up one or two signature drinks. If you're lucky, you can purchase a scone that's not stale and a croissant with decent lamination....
Meet the Valley’s go-to to-go spots. And maybe your new ones
Phoenix New Times
Sometimes your couch is your restaurant. Sometimes, you want to dine and dash, as in "pick up your food so fast no one notices you’re in your PJs at 6 p.m." Sometimes, a Styrofoam container is your china of choice....
Which do you prefer? tonkotsu, shoyu, shio, or miso ramen?
San Diego Union-Tribune
Noodle houses became popular in San Diego several years ago. Guess what? The trend hasn’t died down. New ramen restaurants abound. Mini chains are expanding. If you favor the flavor of tonkotsu (pork), shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt) or miso (fermented bean paste) ramen, there’s a place for your...
Inspired by Asprodites’s Greek heritage, so it will be good
The owner of casual Lakefront seafood destination the Blue Crab opens an upscale, modern Mediterranean restaurant downtown today, in a long-vacant space in the International House Hotel. Nick Asprodites and chef and business parter Brian Doyle teamed up for Rockrose, the first restaurant to serve...
The "jewel box" of Manhattan, come for the views & history
When I was 10, I visited the Empire State Building on a family trip. My cousins and I stood in line with matching plastic pink purses from Macy’s that screamed "New York" in varying fonts. I didn't know much about the city at the time, but I sure knew what the Empire State Building was. After a wait...
From fancy four course meals to mean slices of pizza
A place in the ever-fluctuating Seattle restaurant business tends to remain rather unforgiving and unending, so it's not often chefs around the city get to dine out as much as they cook in. When they do, though, rarely will they settle for anything but the best, naturally. It's a collective unification of cooks, chefs, owners, and culinary directors in the Emerald City, one where...
The Southeast Portland pub, one of Portland’s most heralded
They were a Dream Team of restaurateurs coming together in Portland. A few years ago, Charlie Devereux, co-founder of Hood River’s Double Mountain Brewery, was working on his next project with Matt Jacobson, founder of Sizzle Pie pizza. Soon, Rodney Muirhead, the man behind Podnah’s Pit Barbecue...
Commonwealth Indian, the latest in a flurry of fancy Indian
From the outside, Commonwealth Indian sits unassumingly behind a black...
The Big Island comes by its name honestly - ~100 mi across
Oahu may be the most populous island. Maui is adored for its romantic destinations. Kauai is appreciated for its staggering cliffs along pristine coastline and lush, tropical milieu. But the Big Island (also called...
An eclectic collection of art that will surprise & delight u
Las Vegas is full of surprises, and one of the biggest is the fact that the city is home to a thriving art scene. Wherever you look now, from the nooks and crannies of luxury hotels on the Strip to the sides of buildings downtown, you can find pieces of art that will stop you in your tracks and...
upscale, reservation-only bar w/seafood & value-orient menu
In a past life, Over Proof at ABV was a lot of things. It cycled through different spirit-based personas — rum, whiskey, mezcal and tequila — at a tireless speed, switching up the cocktails, food menu, and decor every three months until, well, it got tiring. “That was a totally insane idea,”...
Munch at museums, graze at a library, snack at a book store
Thanks to some top chefs, priceless art and great literature are no...
Philly's favorite pot activist turned sandwich maker is back
This Saturday, November 2nd, Poe’s Sandwich Joint will return to slinging sandwiches and other “high-end munchies” in its new location at 1710 North Fifth Street in Old Kensington. N.A. Poe, the shop’s owner and operator, is a well-known pot activist whose first shop on Frankford Avenue closed in a...
A wonderful way to spend an hour or 2 if you have time & $$
The Boston Globe
Because Hana Sushi closed, and this is its pedigreed replacement, serving multi-course omakase menus. Omakase is the Japanese tradition of letting a chef choose your order; translated, it means, “I leave it to you.” No quickie tuna rolls to go; this is a leisurely experience in which the chef...
Wicker Park hotspot purveys po’ boys and… pillows?
As we continue the inevitable march toward another Chicago winter, one easy way to gain a temporary reprieve from the cold is to find a place that makes you feel like you’re a thousand miles away from here, in a balmy state like, for instance, Louisiana. Ina Mae Tavern, hiding just a block north of...
A modern fusion restaurant breaking new ground in Alhambra
Los Angeles Times
A right-place-right-moment spirit animates Yang’s Kitchen. The fast-casual, counter-service operation, which opened in August, could go barely noticed on a stretch of downtown Alhambra already crammed with restaurants: A Korean barbecue joint, a beer pub, a sushi bar, a cigar lounge and a diner that slings burgers, omelets and...
Some hidden gems are pure spicy diamonds - like La Bamba
Phoenix New Times
Let’s cut to the chase: The al pastor taco at La Bamba Mexican Restaurant Grill is the best al pastor I’ve had in the Valley. Outside, the El Mirage restaurant wedged between a laundromat and Discount Tire has no sign. Inside, the jovial chef of the pork-fragrant eatery, Edson Garcia, works quiet...
Buy yourself a great taco, & you'll feed someone in need too
San Diego Union-Tribune
More than two years after opening Tacos Libertad, its first not-for-profit eatery, the Cohn Restaurant Group is celebrating a major milestone — over $100,000 donated to more than two dozen San Diego County charities. Following through on a commitment to donate at least $3,000 each month to a charitable organization, the restaurant group has disbursed profits amounting to as much as $11,700 to 29 charities through October. Believed to be the first San Diego eatery of its kind when it opened in May of 2017, Tacos...
Hearty and healthy, stuffed beignets, a trattoria, & more
I don’t necessarily trust the first gust of cool weather in this town. I don’t want to call it fall too soon. But the appetite doesn’t lie. Autumn is in the air, and that means the cravings are getting heartier and richer too. The latest installment of where to eat in New Orleans is guided by this,...
Many restaurants are embracing the Sunday family meal
“Sunday dinner” is a mainstay in many family homes, often deriving from cultural traditions. It provides a set time to catch up, enjoy good food and connect with family and friends before the coming workweek. But even if New Yorkers are far from home, they can still feel like they’re sitting around grandma’s kitchen table at local restaurants that are embracing tradition by adding special Sunday supper...
Teriyaki could be considered Seattle's signature food
The Seattle Times
A signature Seattle food got called out recently. J. Kenji López-Alt — New York Times food columnist, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and general practitioner of the culinary sciences — was in town, as his Instagram proved. He posted an image that’s instantly recognizable to teriyaki fans:...
Come for the salty-funky smoked pork shank
Thomas Pisha-Duffly’s grandmother Tina, now 92, grew up on babi kecap...
...a foundation built by members of a culinary deep state
The New York Times
In 2016, Andrew Knowlton, then the restaurant editor of Bon Appétit, proposed that the magazine name Washington its restaurant city of the year. It was a difficult argument to make, even to the magazine’s editor, Adam Rapoport, a Washington native. “He laughed,” Mr. Knowlton recalled. “Then he told...
Come to this unexpectedly charming destination in Kansas
When most people hear Abilene, Kansas, they think of America's 34th...
We ate 10 hearty sandwiches in one sitting and played favs
For the sixth edition of our monthly series where we try everything on the menu at local establishments, we ordered Earl Kaka‘ako’s entire regular sandwich menu (though we rue missing out on the lobster roll frenzy...
He will win new fans of his style of elevated comfort food
Las Vegas Weekly
Downtown’s culinary scene just added a star to its roster. Sammy DeMarco—former chef of Sam’s American and Sam’s Snacks in the Bellagio, and First Food & Bar at Palazzo and Rattlecan at the Venetian—has returned to town after living in Europe for a few years. This time he’s a guest chef at 7th &...
One of the most prominent symbols of LGBT activism
It's bright, bold, and filled with color. San Francisco's Castro District is the heart of the city's LGBTQ culture, as well as a vibrant neighborhood brimming with restaurants, bars, and even a grand movie palace. Here are 10 ways to experience one of SF's most flourishing 'hoods.
Take a dip, then fill your piehole
The Austin Chronicle
It's that time of year when the heat plateaus into constant saunalike temperatures, and the best we can do is submerge ourselves in liquid, inside and out. Neighborhood pools and Barton Springs guarantee a nice quench for thirsty bodies any day of the week, but Texas summers also mean it's road trip...
1 of the most anticipated restaurants ever to open in Philly
The elevator ride up to Jean-Georges takes less than 60 seconds. It’s Willy Wonka-esque — the speed, the acceleration, the view of the city growing smaller and broader the higher you rise. At the top, the doors open to light and glass. To the sound of muffled voices and jazz and concierges standing...
Mapping the world's best hotel bars, from London to Macau
Ordering a gin and tonic at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau is quite the affair. First, Giuseppe Carillo rolls the Five-Star hotel’s heaving gin trolley over to your group. Then the bouffant-haired mixologist specialist with a boyish smile wordlessly studies each person and makes a snap recommendation to...
Food places that are fun and Instagrammable, and delicious
Los Angeles is a magical city full of incredible sights to see and places to visit. From the Hollywood sign, to the Urban Light exhibit at the LACMA, to the pink wall outside the Paul Smith store on Melrose, there are plenty of places for you to visit both as a resident of the city and as a visitor. If your squad is planning a trip to the West Coast to see you, there are more than a few trendy LA...
An extensive menu of smoked meats in Mid City Baton Rouge
After earning a loyal following in Prairieville, the pitmasters at Hannah Q Smokehouse have brought their extensive menu of smoked meats to Mid City Baton Rouge. The barbecue joint built a fan base not by...
Check out these top cocktail bars for the best drinks
New York City has long been a cocktail town, with classic hotel bars, dives, Irish pubs, and new-school drinks emporiums leading the scene at various times in the city’s history of imbibing. Classy, old school establishments like Bemelmans or King Cole Bar remain expensive but matchless spots to...