Portland, OR / 10.08.2015

Mother’s Bistro & Bar

I was looking for a brunch place in Portland and this one popped up all over my search meaning it’s popular. And by popular I mean if you come during normal dining hours you’ll probably be waiting for awhile. We came at an odd hour and still had to wait,... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 09.17.2015

Trois Mec

Like all cool and hip places in Los Angeles, Trois Mec lacks a sign and would be impossible to find if you didn’t already know it was there (“there” being a repurposed Raffallo’s Pizza). Not that it would matter, because even if you walked in randomly you wouldn’t be able... Continue

Manhattan Beach, CA / 05.31.2015

Manhattan Beach Post

If you’ve ever needed a reason to visit Manhattan Beach, this is it. Sure, you can go to look at the ocean or whatever, but let’s be real, Manhattan Beach Post is clearly the best thing about Manhattan Beach. Chef David LeFevre is a Charlie Trotter protege, meaning he’s been... Continue

Laguna Beach, CA / 05.28.2015

Studio Restaurant

Studio was built by The Montage Laguna Beach as a small Craftsman-style house atop a bluff with ridiculous views. I’ve maintained that they’re the best restaurant in Orange County and it’s because they’ve got the best food, but it might partially be because they’ve also got the best views. It... Continue

Cupertino, CA / 05.26.2015

Alexander’s Steakhouse

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Alexander’s Steakhouse is a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of Japanese influence laced into the menu. Yeah, I stole that from their own description but it sounds about right. They’re a super high-end steakhouse and they’ve got Japanese... Continue

San Francisco, CA / 05.24.2015

Gary Danko

Gary Danko is probably San Francisco’s most famous fine dining restaurant. And instead of the usual tasting menu, Gary Danko gives you the option of three ($76), four ($94) or five ($111) prix-fixe courses, and the kicker is you get to choose your courses. If you want two appetizers, one... Continue

Chicago, IL / 05.20.2015

Next Restaurant: el Bulli Menu

Before I get started I should explain how Next works. Started in 2011 by Grant Achatz (of Alinea), the concept behind Next is that instead of making reservations like you traditionally would, you purchase a ticket for a dining experience which changes seasonally. So instead of ordering dishes or drinks... Continue

Coalinga, CA / 05.14.2015

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant

If you’ve ever made the drive between Southern California and Northern California then you’ve passed through the block of stench that is Harris Ranch. The largest beef producer on the west coast, this place is responsible for 150,000,000 pounds of beef per year. Though judging by the smell, you’d think... Continue

Girona, Spain / 04.27.2015

El Celler de Can Roca – Part 2

Part 1: Appetizers | Part 2: Main Courses Here’s Part 2 of my El Celler de Can Roca review. You can find Part 1 here if you want to see pictures of the interior or pictures of the exterior or pictures of the appetizers. And also if you want to... Continue

Girona, Spain / 04.23.2015

El Celler de Can Roca – Part 1

Part 1: Appetizers | Part 2: Main Courses Like a bunch of other recent posts, this review is from four years ago and will mostly be me trying to remember what I ate. Pictures help, but they can only do so much. Also, I’ll be splitting this post up into... Continue