Hickory smoked scallops

La Fia – Wilmington

I found myself in Wilmington, DE recently and was excited to see it tagged as the “murder capital” of the U.S. …good times. I’m sure there are some nice areas of town and the surrounding suburbs, but the downtown area was not one of them; the good times had clearly passed by several decades ago.…

the most playful dish of the night - Chicharron, radish, cilantro, avocado, hot sauce

Latest NYC Spots

On my most recent trip to NYC, I visited Aldo Sohm Wine Bar…again…but also tried the new-ish Mexican hot spot, Cosme, from world-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera. Aldo Sohm has amazing wine and one of the best wines by the glass menus in the city; the stemware is also top notch. All the servers are trained…

Mahi tacos

Dining Guide for Anna Maria

Anna Maria, FL is a sleepy little beach town off the coast of Sarasota and is on the same island as Long Boat Key and Bradenton Beach. The beaches are full of white sand, the water is crystal clear, and best of all, the dining establishments are all local. Be warned however, as there is…

Octopus "pastrami" w/ braised ham hock, pommery mustard, new potatoes

Batard NYC

Fine dining at a reasonable price in New York City? This concept seems rather foreign, especially when you consider the amount of places that have popped up over the last several years offering prix fixe options starting at $100+! Batard opened with tons of fanfare last year, but one of the most unique, and thoughtful…

Warm glow of the Little Park menu

Little Park NYC – Seasonal Gem

Another gem from Chef Andrew Carmellini; Little Park highlights seasonal ingredients in a wide variety of playful dishes, including several vegetable plates that are absolute stunners. Set to the left of the lobby of the new Symth Hotel in Tribeca, Little Park is a great addition to the neighborhood. The menu is separated into five…

Baby squid

Racous Sushi – Dojo NYC

The traditional Japanese sushi experience: quiet, peaceful, enlightening, introspective…boring some might say? It’s not for everyone, but the atmosphere at Sushi Dojo, in New York’s’ Lower East Side, is anything but quiet and restrained.  A constant beat of custom 80’s and 90’s hip hop mash ups, including some soul and funk await, and the sushi…

Main dining area

Cherche Midi – Parisian Elegance in the Bowrey

Keith McNally’s new French bistro in Nolita is absolutely beautiful; a throwback even: bright, airy and complete with large antique mirrors. Cherche Midi also serves up some really solid old school bistro food cooked to perfection; seared foie gras, flash fried frog legs, steak tartare and a prime rib sandwich that’s among the best out…

Pork belly sandwiches - the soft bread alone was worth the price of admission.

Husk Nashville

Sean Brock opened up the Nashville outpost of his wildly popular Husk restaurant a little over a year ago and the enthusiasm and the crowds have not dimmed. We dined there on a chilly Wednesday evening in the middle of January and it was still packed. Husk is on the edge of downtown in a…

Spicy tuna and scallop rolls

Rishi Sushi & Ramen – Columbus, OH

Not that I’m in Columbus that often, but there’s nothing better than a solid bowl of spicy ramen on a cold, dreary day, especially when snow is imminent! In the wasteland of downtown eating establishments, Rishi stands out with its creative ramen offerings and first rate sushi. Rishi is pretty modern compared to the other…

Margherita pizza

Pie in the Sky – Masseria

On a recent trip to the Blue Ridge mountains (NW GA), I stumbled upon a just opened pizza/pasta joint touting wood fired pie and a fully stocked bar, so with no expectations we took the plunge. Classic neapolitan style pizza is all the rage across the country, but in tiny Blue Ridge…I was skeptical at best. When…