A Front Row Seat at EL Ideas

One of the most incredible dining experiences I’ve ever had was in Chicago when I had dinner at EL Ideas. The Michelin-starred restaurant located in the little known neighborhood of Douglas Park makes fine dining fun and approachable. It’s also BYOB, so my first stop was Eataly for a couple bottles of wine. With a…

The Tasting Menu at Vicia

For my first night in St. Louis, I made a reservation at Vicia – a vegetable-forward restaurant serving seasonal cuisine that highlights local produce and sustainably-raised meats. I was seated at a small table near the bustling open kitchen. Perfect! My server, Kayla, was super nice and went over the menu options. I decided to…

The Chef’s Tasting at Evo Kitchen + Bar

For my first night in Portland, I made a dinner reservation at Evo Kitchen + Bar. The stylish chic restaurant puts creative twists on familiar Mediterranean dishes using local Maine fish, meat, and produce. The floor-to-ceiling glass space sits at the bottom of the Hyatt Hotel. I was seated at the corner of the counter…

A Modern Kaiseki at n/naka

For my first night in Los Angeles, I made sure to make a reservation (three months in advance) at n/naka. The upscale Japanese restaurant features a modern kaiseki experience prepared by chef Niki Nakayama who was featured on episode four of the first season of Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Born and raised in Los Angeles, chef…

World’s Best Restaurants: Den

I always try to find a special dining experience when I’m spending Thanksgiving away from the family. The previous year I ate at Sushi Masato, and while I was in Tokyo I had to book a dinner at Den.  A recipient of 2 Michelin stars and recently named #17 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,…

A Michelin Dinner at Tin Lung Heen

My Sunday was going great so far. I enjoyed the Harbourside buffet and views from The Peak. Now, it was time for a fancy night. Usually for my final evening in any town I try to dine at a nice restaurant that offers a tasting menu. I decided to make a reservation at Tin Lung…

Dinner at The Catbird Seat

For my first night in Nashville, I went to The Catbird Seat for a multi-course tasting menu. The interactive chef-run restaurant centers around an open kitchen where you can watch each dish being prepared. Reservations are released 30 days in advance and you purchase tickets through Tock. I was dropped off near the entrance where…