Saturday, January 24, 2015

Old Salt Marketplace - Portland, OR

Old Salt feels like an old comfortable pair of shoes. It feels like a welcoming restaurant should with its aged wood decor and almost bucolic atmosphere.

Jim's Original - Chicago, IL

Being in Chicago early morning, I was looking for someplace that was possibly open 24/7.  I stumbled upon Jim's Original and it was exactly what I was hoping it would be, an eatery open 24/7 serving street food.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Popeyes - Philadelphia International Airport PHL


A southern colleague said Popeyes was really good and urged me to stop in at one for great fried chicken. As Popeyes are nonexistent in my neighborhood, I lacked the opportunity that is until I saw one at the airport today.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nobu - San Diego, CA


Located in the Gaslamp Quarter. It's an expense account restaurant that even the company expense account won't cover.  Despite the prices, it was packed at dinner.  Tough to be rich.

207 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cafe Sevilla - San Diego, CA


Loacated in Gaslamp Quarter, recommended by Rachel Ray.

353 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Foo Chow Restaurant - Los Angeles, CA


The restaurant scene in Rush Hour with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker was filmed here.


949 N Hill St
Los AngelesCA

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jimmy's Grotto - Waukesha, WI


Expecting Jimmy's to be located in a commercial area, Jimmy's is actually located out of sorts in an older rough for Wauskesha residential area. And at mid afternoon, despite all the cars around, it felt as if this area was deserted but Jimmy's inside was standing room only.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stone Oven Gourmet Sandwiches - San Diego, CA


The most attractive, inviting, quick, different, and seemingly cleanest of the eateries in the Fashion Valley mall food court was Stone Oven, a new to us chain.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kansas City Barbeque - San Diego, CA


The bar scene in Top Gun was filmed here. Then later on down on the harbor walk we saw a Tom Cruise look-a-like in the flight suit posing for pictures for dollars.

600 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA

Thursday, January 8, 2015

大黒家 DAIKOKUYA Ramen - Los Angeles,CA


We were in the Little Tokyo area twice trying to get a table here. Very popular. Very busy. It was probably going to be an hour plus wait. We had a schedule to maintain and carried on.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Best Meals and Restaurants of 2014

Twenty fourteen was another bountiful year of blessing and eats with opportunities to dine at just a few restaurants shy of 200.  That's 200 different restaurants not previously dined at.  With that came some truly treasured moments.  Here's a look back at the most memorable meals of the past year listed in order of encounter. Click on the hyperlinks for a full review.


Elena's Cuban Cafe - Lakeland, FL. It was a half chicken special.  Outstandingly flavorful, juicy, and tender.