Recommendations

Cafe Boulud

Upper East Side Bistro By Bob & Sue James-Beard-winning Rising-Star Chef Gavin Kaysen (native Minnesotan) cooked a special seven-course meal for us (fellow Minnesotans) that included 1) cauliflower veloute with osetra caviar, 2) lobster with Thai flavors, mango, and lemongrass in a coconut broth, 3) black squid ink spaghetti with rock shrimp, razor clams, and…  Read More

Cafe Boulud

Upper East Side Bistro By Bob & Sue James-Beard-winning Rising-Star Chef Gavin Kaysen (native Minnesotan) cooked a special seven-course meal for us (fellow Minnesotans) that included 1) cauliflower veloute with osetra caviar, 2) lobster with Thai flavors, mango, and lemongrass in a coconut broth, 3) black squid ink spaghetti with rock shrimp, razor clams, and…  Read More

Canlis

A Fine Dining Institution Family owned and operated since 1950, Canlis is a fine dining institution with unbeatable views over Lake Union. At the helm of the kitchen, chef Jason Franey is combining modernist Northwest fare (think kampachi with geoduck, radish and green tea dashi) with the restaurant’s tried-and-true classics such as Peter Canlis prawns.…  Read More

Canlis

A Fine Dining Institution Family owned and operated since 1950, Canlis is a fine dining institution with unbeatable views over Lake Union. At the helm of the kitchen, chef Jason Franey is combining modernist Northwest fare (think kampachi with geoduck, radish and green tea dashi) with the restaurant’s tried-and-true classics such as Peter Canlis prawns.…  Read More

Le Pigeon

Cutting-Edge Comfort Food By Bob & Sue Portland’s Gabriel Rucker (James Beard Rising Star Chef for 2011) pushes the envelope with pigeon crudo, artichoke and Parmesan soup with lardo, beef cheek Bourgogne, and a deep-fried braised lamb shoulder with green garlic risotto.  Comfort food at its best in a funky setting so typical of little…  Read More

Le Pigeon

Cutting-Edge Comfort Food By Bob & Sue Portland’s Gabriel Rucker (James Beard Rising Star Chef for 2011) pushes the envelope with pigeon crudo, artichoke and Parmesan soup with lardo, beef cheek Bourgogne, and a deep-fried braised lamb shoulder with green garlic risotto.  Comfort food at its best in a funky setting so typical of little…  Read More

Bluestem

Progressive American Cuisine By Bob & Sue We enjoyed a dinner at this gem of a restaurant with our friends, Lee and Terry. The Chef, Colby Garrelts, has been nominated several times for Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. He offers an eclectic menu which includes a lavish Caviar presentation, a fresh Spring…  Read More

Bluestem

Progressive American Cuisine By Bob & Sue We enjoyed a dinner at this gem of a restaurant with our friends, Lee and Terry. The Chef, Colby Garrelts, has been nominated several times for Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation. He offers an eclectic menu which includes a lavish Caviar presentation, a fresh Spring…  Read More

Joe Beef

Montreal’s Best Bistro Joe Beef is one of Montreal’s flagship restaurants (and one of my favorites in the entire world). Located in the heart of Little Burgundy, this pint-size bistro & oyster bar is named after Charles “Joe-Beef” McKiernan, a famous 19th-century innkeeper and Montreal hero. The chalkboard menu changes daily and while the cuisine is…  Read More

Joe Beef

Montreal’s Best Bistro Joe Beef is one of Montreal’s flagship restaurants (and one of my favorites in the entire world). Located in the heart of Little Burgundy, this pint-size bistro & oyster bar is named after Charles “Joe-Beef” McKiernan, a famous 19th-century innkeeper and Montreal hero. The chalkboard menu changes daily and while the cuisine is…  Read More

Blackberry Farm

Southern Cooking at its Best By Bob & Sue Located on 9,200 acres outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this unique gourmet destination offers the bold flavors of Southern cooking at its best. In addition to hearty breakfasts and lunches with plenty of grits, delicious thick-cut Benton bacon,…  Read More

Blackberry Farm

Southern Cooking at its Best By Bob & Sue Located on 9,200 acres outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this unique gourmet destination offers the bold flavors of Southern cooking at its best. In addition to hearty breakfasts and lunches with plenty of grits, delicious thick-cut Benton bacon,…  Read More

Clio

One of Boston’s Finest By Bob & Sue Ken Oringer has for years been one of Boston’s finest chefs offering creative specialties such as cold foie gras with candied rhubarb, soft-shell crab tempura with avocado emulsion, warm nettle soup with pea powder and cod cheeks, sea urchin and lobster in parsnip emulsion, and braised sassafras…  Read More

Clio

One of Boston’s Finest By Bob & Sue Ken Oringer has for years been one of Boston’s finest chefs offering creative specialties such as cold foie gras with candied rhubarb, soft-shell crab tempura with avocado emulsion, warm nettle soup with pea powder and cod cheeks, sea urchin and lobster in parsnip emulsion, and braised sassafras…  Read More

Graham Elliot

Food to be taken seriously By Bob & Sue We dined at Chef Graham Elliott Bowles’ restaurant where his revamped 19-course tasting menu revisits his successful run at Avenues. Among the special offerings were a delicious lobster risotto with sea urchin, pig jowl with date and Iranian pistachios, a perfectly cooked guinea hen with matsutake…  Read More

Graham Elliot

Food to be taken seriously By Bob & Sue We dined at Chef Graham Elliott Bowles’ restaurant where his revamped 19-course tasting menu revisits his successful run at Avenues. Among the special offerings were a delicious lobster risotto with sea urchin, pig jowl with date and Iranian pistachios, a perfectly cooked guinea hen with matsutake…  Read More

Cochon

Cajun Cuisine By Bob & Sue Chef Donald Link has several successful restaurants and an adjacent sandwich shop (Butcher) and features Cajun specialties at this modern, high ceiling restaurant.  We shared most of the extensive appetizer menu including deviled crab, fried alligator with chili garlic aioli, boudin sausage with pickled peppers, smoked pork ribs with…  Read More

Cochon

Cajun Cuisine By Bob & Sue Chef Donald Link has several successful restaurants and an adjacent sandwich shop (Butcher) and features Cajun specialties at this modern, high ceiling restaurant.  We shared most of the extensive appetizer menu including deviled crab, fried alligator with chili garlic aioli, boudin sausage with pickled peppers, smoked pork ribs with…  Read More

Alinea

Complex Palette By Bob & Sue The 26-course Tour from one of America’s greatest chefs includes several courses of amazing complexity: 1) Japanese icefish with horseradish custard and dehydrated parsley, cornichons, and potato, 2) an amazing navy bean puree covered with a pancetta chip and served with a bean sprout risotto and bay leaf gelee…  Read More

Alinea

Complex Palette By Bob & Sue The 26-course Tour from one of America’s greatest chefs includes several courses of amazing complexity: 1) Japanese icefish with horseradish custard and dehydrated parsley, cornichons, and potato, 2) an amazing navy bean puree covered with a pancetta chip and served with a bean sprout risotto and bay leaf gelee…  Read More

Per Se

A Restaurant with a View By Bob & Sue We enjoyed both the regular chef’s tasting menu and the tasting menu of vegetables. The many highlights included a Hudson Valley foie gras torchon with a coffee-chocolate financier, Spanish mackerel, Snake River Farms wagu beef, a salsify veloute with black walnut puree, a Yukon gold potato…  Read More

Per Se

A Restaurant with a View By Bob & Sue We enjoyed both the regular chef’s tasting menu and the tasting menu of vegetables. The many highlights included a Hudson Valley foie gras torchon with a coffee-chocolate financier, Spanish mackerel, Snake River Farms wagu beef, a salsify veloute with black walnut puree, a Yukon gold potato…  Read More

The Catbird Seat

Creativity on a Plate By Bob & Sue Chefs Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger have been named to Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2012 list, yet The Catbird Seat was already considered by food lovers as one of the country’s hottest destinations and toughest reservations. This incredibly creative restaurant provided memorable food and…  Read More

The Catbird Seat

Creativity on a Plate By Bob & Sue Chefs Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger have been named to Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2012 list, yet The Catbird Seat was already considered by food lovers as one of the country’s hottest destinations and toughest reservations. This incredibly creative restaurant provided memorable food and…  Read More

Snake River Grill

Wyoming’s Finest By Bob & Sue Possibly Wyoming’s finest restaurant located in the shadow of the Grand Tetons, the rustic Snake River Grill features delicious hearty food and a thoughtful wine list. CIA trained and James Beard nominated chef Jeff Drew offers both classical dishes (English pea soup, air dried Asian duck and Korean-style beef…  Read More

Snake River Grill

Wyoming’s Finest By Bob & Sue Possibly Wyoming’s finest restaurant located in the shadow of the Grand Tetons, the rustic Snake River Grill features delicious hearty food and a thoughtful wine list. CIA trained and James Beard nominated chef Jeff Drew offers both classical dishes (English pea soup, air dried Asian duck and Korean-style beef…  Read More

La Condesa

For Incredible Mexican Food… In a city full of great Mexican places, this is my pick for something a little less down and dirt. I love Chef Ortiz’s fantastic, modern takes on guac, tacos, plus killer drinks & desserts (pastry chef Laura Sawicki is one of the best in the country). Contact 400A West 2nd…  Read More

ink.

Modern LA Cuisine Michael Voltaggio is an amazing guy and talented chef. Two years after winning Top Chef, Voltaggio opened his first restaurant, ink. It’s a no-fuss kind of place; food freaks and grandmas will feel very welcome, but you’ll want to leave the picky eaters in your family at home. The menu is inspired…  Read More

La Condesa

For Incredible Mexican Food… In a city full of great Mexican places, this is my pick for something a little less down and dirt. I love Chef Ortiz’s fantastic, modern takes on guac, tacos, plus killer drinks & desserts (pastry chef Laura Sawicki is one of the best in the country). Contact 400A West 2nd…  Read More

ink.

Modern LA Cuisine Michael Voltaggio is an amazing guy and talented chef. Two years after winning Top Chef, Voltaggio opened his first restaurant, ink. It’s a no-fuss kind of place; food freaks and grandmas will feel very welcome, but you’ll want to leave the picky eaters in your family at home. The menu is inspired…  Read More