Recommendations

Pizzeria Lola

Pizza Perfection Pizzeria Lola always makes it onto my top-ten list of favorite pizza joints, not only in the Twin Cities, but in the entire country. Yes, it’s true, Minnesota has the best pizza in America. Let the debate begin! Chef Ann Kim is a perfectionist when it comes to her crust and an artist when it comes…  Read More

Pizzeria Lola

Pizza Perfection Pizzeria Lola always makes it onto my top-ten list of favorite pizza joints, not only in the Twin Cities, but in the entire country. Yes, it’s true, Minnesota has the best pizza in America. Let the debate begin! Chef Ann Kim is a perfectionist when it comes to her crust and an artist when it comes…  Read More

Manresa

Seasonal and Spontaneous By Bob & Sue David Kinch is one of the most innovative chefs of his time. We ate a special tasting menu, beginning with black olive madeleines on roasted red pepper gelee and ending with chocolate madeleines on strawberry gelee. In between were 18 bites which included two abalone courses, spot prawns…  Read More

Manresa

Seasonal and Spontaneous By Bob & Sue David Kinch is one of the most innovative chefs of his time. We ate a special tasting menu, beginning with black olive madeleines on roasted red pepper gelee and ending with chocolate madeleines on strawberry gelee. In between were 18 bites which included two abalone courses, spot prawns…  Read More

Sepia

A Modern Approach to Rusticity Located in an old print shop in Chicago’s restaurant-centric Fulton Market neighborhood, Sepia effortlessly blends vintage, rustic details with modern design. Michelin-starred and James Beard-nominated chef Andrew Zimmerman (not to be confused with yours truly) has developed a fantastic menu since he took over the kitchen in 2009, often breathing…  Read More

Sepia

A Modern Approach to Rusticity Located in an old print shop in Chicago’s restaurant-centric Fulton Market neighborhood, Sepia effortlessly blends vintage, rustic details with modern design. Michelin-starred and James Beard-nominated chef Andrew Zimmerman (not to be confused with yours truly) has developed a fantastic menu since he took over the kitchen in 2009, often breathing…  Read More

Jaleo

Killer Spanish Cuisine The most influential chef/restaurateur in D.C. over the past decade, chef José Andrés  has re-made Jaleo, nailed it at America Eats Tavern and has big plans for Minibar expansion. He remains one of the most singular forces on the American culinary scene. At Jaleo, Andrés reinvents the traditional Spanish food of his childhood,…  Read More

Jaleo

Killer Spanish Cuisine The most influential chef/restaurateur in D.C. over the past decade, chef José Andrés  has re-made Jaleo, nailed it at America Eats Tavern and has big plans for Minibar expansion. He remains one of the most singular forces on the American culinary scene. At Jaleo, Andrés reinvents the traditional Spanish food of his childhood,…  Read More

Paley’s Place

Delicious French-American Cuisine By Bob & Sue The Dean of Portland chefs for many years, Vitaly Paley offers delicious French-inspired American cuisine.  A fresh albacore tuna salad amuse with a cherry tomato was followed by a delicious plate of charcuterie (pistachio mortadella, duck bologna, sweet coppa, speck and chicken liver pate).  Other highlights included American Wagyu beef…  Read More

Paley’s Place

Delicious French-American Cuisine By Bob & Sue The Dean of Portland chefs for many years, Vitaly Paley offers delicious French-inspired American cuisine.  A fresh albacore tuna salad amuse with a cherry tomato was followed by a delicious plate of charcuterie (pistachio mortadella, duck bologna, sweet coppa, speck and chicken liver pate).  Other highlights included American Wagyu beef…  Read More

Pizzeria Mozza

The Perfect Crust Best pizza in L.A., and these days, that’s saying a lot. Nancy Silverton, Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali have created something special. I love any of the pizzas with Armandino Batali’s cured meats on it, but it’s Silverton’s crust that takes the star turn here. Contact 641 N. Highland Avenue Los Angeles,…  Read More

Pizzeria Mozza

The Perfect Crust Best pizza in L.A., and these days, that’s saying a lot. Nancy Silverton, Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali have created something special. I love any of the pizzas with Armandino Batali’s cured meats on it, but it’s Silverton’s crust that takes the star turn here. Contact 641 N. Highland Avenue Los Angeles,…  Read More

Victory 44

A Northside Culinary Gem Chef Erick Harcey is reinventing pub classics at this neighborhood eatery in north Minneapolis, where your chef is also your waiter and the whole staff collaborates. This is one of the top (and maybe most underrated) restaurants in the Twin Cities. Every item on the chalkboard menu is a worthy adversary–from…  Read More

Victory 44

A Northside Culinary Gem Chef Erick Harcey is reinventing pub classics at this neighborhood eatery in north Minneapolis, where your chef is also your waiter and the whole staff collaborates. This is one of the top (and maybe most underrated) restaurants in the Twin Cities. Every item on the chalkboard menu is a worthy adversary–from…  Read More

L’Etoile

Celebrating Midwest Flavor James Beard award-winner chef Tory Miller combines old world technique with modern flavor in a menu that pays homage to Midwestern farms. Most of his seasonal cuisine is sourced from local providers, even during the cold Wisconsin winters when Miller utilizes cellared root crops and produce canned and stored from the summer…  Read More

L’Etoile

Celebrating Midwest Flavor James Beard award-winner chef Tory Miller combines old world technique with modern flavor in a menu that pays homage to Midwestern farms. Most of his seasonal cuisine is sourced from local providers, even during the cold Wisconsin winters when Miller utilizes cellared root crops and produce canned and stored from the summer…  Read More

Coi

Tranquil Setting, Inventive Menu By Bob & Sue One of California’s most innovative chefs, Daniel Patterson dazzled us with a special 14-course menu on our wedding anniversary evening, which included amazing courses of clams with kelp, tofu mousseline with mushroom dashi, crab melt with melted lardo and a puree of wheatgrass and sea sprouts, and…  Read More

Coi

Tranquil Setting, Inventive Menu By Bob & Sue One of California’s most innovative chefs, Daniel Patterson dazzled us with a special 14-course menu on our wedding anniversary evening, which included amazing courses of clams with kelp, tofu mousseline with mushroom dashi, crab melt with melted lardo and a puree of wheatgrass and sea sprouts, and…  Read More

Franklin Barbecue

BBQ Genius In 2009, Aaron Franklin and his wife started smoking meat out of a trailer in an East Austin parking lot, though they quickly outgrew this spot when lines of fans and foodies began snaking around the block. Now at the brick-and-mortar restaurant, folks are still lining up at 9 a.m. for slabs of…  Read More

Franklin Barbecue

BBQ Genius In 2009, Aaron Franklin and his wife started smoking meat out of a trailer in an East Austin parking lot, though they quickly outgrew this spot when lines of fans and foodies began snaking around the block. Now at the brick-and-mortar restaurant, folks are still lining up at 9 a.m. for slabs of…  Read More

Schwa

Collaborative Staff, Creative Combinations By Bob & Sue Chef Michael Carlson and his team double as the waiters in this super casual, music centric tribute to creative combinations of tastes and textures.  We enjoyed a baked potato soup with cheddar cheese stretched across the bowl and crispy potato skins and scallion puree, diver scallop with…  Read More

Schwa

Collaborative Staff, Creative Combinations By Bob & Sue Chef Michael Carlson and his team double as the waiters in this super casual, music centric tribute to creative combinations of tastes and textures.  We enjoyed a baked potato soup with cheddar cheese stretched across the bowl and crispy potato skins and scallion puree, diver scallop with…  Read More

Park’s Barbecue

Authentic Korean BBQ This simply marked (but stylish) Korean barbecue joint is authentic enough to appease those who grew up eating their mom’s version of these dishes. Chef-owner Jenee Kim keeps it simple, focusing mostly on traditional Korean grilled meats and sides. The best part? You get to help. Items such as bulgogi (Kobe beef that’s…  Read More

Park’s Barbecue

Authentic Korean BBQ This simply marked (but stylish) Korean barbecue joint is authentic enough to appease those who grew up eating their mom’s version of these dishes. Chef-owner Jenee Kim keeps it simple, focusing mostly on traditional Korean grilled meats and sides. The best part? You get to help. Items such as bulgogi (Kobe beef that’s…  Read More

Aubergine

Creme of Carmel By Bob & Sue  The best restaurant in the greater Pebble Beach area may be Aubergine in the L’Auberge Carmel. Charlie Trotter trained chef Justin Cogley delivers highly creative dishes ranging from a Kumamoto oyster amuse with cucumber jelly and yuzu foam to Monterey Bay abalone paired with pickled sea lettuce, alba…  Read More

Aubergine

Creme of Carmel By Bob & Sue  The best restaurant in the greater Pebble Beach area may be Aubergine in the L’Auberge Carmel. Charlie Trotter trained chef Justin Cogley delivers highly creative dishes ranging from a Kumamoto oyster amuse with cucumber jelly and yuzu foam to Monterey Bay abalone paired with pickled sea lettuce, alba…  Read More

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Fresh. Simple. Pure. A neighborhood bistro in Miami’s design district where chef/owner Michael Schwartz showcases fresh, local and often rare ingredients in his simple, refined American cuisine. From the open kitchen and wood-burning oven come masterpieces like roasted whole snapper, spear-caught local grouper, slow roasted beef short ribs and chargrilled octopus. The menu changes daily…  Read More

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Fresh. Simple. Pure. A neighborhood bistro in Miami’s design district where chef/owner Michael Schwartz showcases fresh, local and often rare ingredients in his simple, refined American cuisine. From the open kitchen and wood-burning oven come masterpieces like roasted whole snapper, spear-caught local grouper, slow roasted beef short ribs and chargrilled octopus. The menu changes daily…  Read More

Restaurant Eugene

Georgia On My Mind By Bob & Sue James Beard award winner Linton Hopkins served a special seven-course tasting menu including she-crab soup with crab fritter, lobster and toasted corn risotto, a foie gras presentation including tourchon and a whipped foie preserved in Armenac for six years, and pheasant breast with Savannah heritage red beans…  Read More

Restaurant Eugene

Georgia On My Mind By Bob & Sue James Beard award winner Linton Hopkins served a special seven-course tasting menu including she-crab soup with crab fritter, lobster and toasted corn risotto, a foie gras presentation including tourchon and a whipped foie preserved in Armenac for six years, and pheasant breast with Savannah heritage red beans…  Read More