It is tough to get me to go to a vegetarian restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I like veges but I like meat too. All vege joints just tend to be a little boring but that all changed when I went to Vital Root in Denver. This place is so so good. And fun atmosphere. It’s a counter serve joint open for all meals. I went for breakfast and the Almond Pancakes: Rice Crispie-Almond Crunch, Blueberries & Coconut Anglaise, were excellent. It is in the Berkeley Neighborhood which is low key, hip and cool. Same owners as Linger and Root Down. Two great restaurants in Denver that are not vegetarian.
Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar has been around a long time in New Orleans. Since 1918. It’s a total dive and a must go if you want a tasty Po-Boy and a beer. I went with the Fried Shrimp and a Nola and it did not disappoint.
That’s what the sign says out front and they weren’t lying. Elizabeth’s is a true New Orleans experience. It’s in a funky cool neighborhood in a funkier house and the food is all scratch made and super fresh and delicious. They are open for all meals and I went for breakfast. The Eggs Benedict and the Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp Remoulade were outstanding.
Shaya is Modern Israeli Cuisine. And it is honestly one of the top 5 meals I have ever had. It marries Israeli food with Southern flavors . Chef is Alon Shaya approaches Israeli cuisine as a grand mosaic, drawing influence and inspiration from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. The contemporary menu reflects the ongoing evolution of Israeli food and celebrates the abundance of Louisiana, underscoring Alon’s close relationships with local farmers. The wood-fire oven is central to both the menu and the dining experience, from the incredible homemade, wood-fired pita to vegetable-centric small plates and heartier entrees. To create the menu, Alon looked to his past -many recipes are those that he cooked alongside his grandmother- and his recent travels back to Israel. Many of the dishes on the diverse menu are meant to be shared and enjoyed throughout many courses. Simply outstanding food as well as the ambience. We sat outside and loved it. I could not get enough of the house made pita!
Green Street Meats is part of Hogsalt Hospitality in Chicago. They own a bunch of amazing joints including Au Cheval which has the best cheeseburger ever. Here is the scoop on Green Street and this is right from their website: “Located down a brick paved alley in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, the nationally acclaimed Green Street Smoked Meats beckons guests with rock music and house smoked, Central Texas-inspired BBQ served at the counter in a warehouse-style restaurant. The curated menu focuses on staples of backyard BBQ, including brisket, beef short ribs, and chicken legs, along with rich pork belly and smoked salmon. An array of vegetable-centric side dishes includes a savory potato salad, sweet and nutty broccoli salad, and the immensely popular Frito pie. Guests can enjoy a selection of specially chosen craft beers and BBQ-friendly cocktail pairings.” It’s all true. So so good.
Sassafras is serving up killer breakfast and lunch in Denver. There are two locations. One in Capitol Hill and the other in The Highlands. Both cool areas and there food is really top notch. Comfort food influenced by Southern American cooking traditions. And very good cocktails too. The Highlands location is in a Victorian home built in 1889. Very charming. I had the Cajun Benedict – Gulf shrimp and lump crab cakes, house made tasso and crawfish hash, poached eggs, fried oysters, smoked cayenne hollandaise. Awesome!
Chicago is such a great city. In the summer time there is nothing better than sitting outside having good food and drink. Especially before a Cubs game. I was out there this past summer with my boys and we headed to Big Star before a game. It is in the very trendy neighborhood of Wicker Park and had some wonderful tacos. I am a sucker for Baja Fish Tacos. So good! They have a great outside seating area and open till 2am.
Love this place. Nine Mile is in the Mumford Historic District of Asheville. Well, they also have a second location in West Asheville but I like this one as the area is very old and charming. The cuisine consists of Caribbean inspired pasta dishes, rice dishes, a handful of traditional pasta dishes, daily specials, and an array of locally made desserts. Everything is very fresh. I especially love the seafood dishes. Open for lunch and dinner.
I love fast food and even better when when it is fine dining cooked fast. Tod’s Tasties in Asheville, NC delivers. Everything is locally sourced and delicious. They are open from 7:30am-9pm. I had the Buddha Bowl –
kimchi, avocado, kale, 2 eggs. So good! Check it out.
Asheville, North Carolina is a cool town and the West Asheville area is one of the coolest areas within. And on Haywood Rd., in a nondescript little white brick building that one would drive by without noticing, is The Admiral. The is one of my favorite joints anywhere in the country. I love the atmosphere, the service, the vibe, the craft cocktails and the food. Make a rezy because it is small and popular although if you are eating alone or with one other, the bar is walk-in and a lot of fun. The pictures below don’t do them justice but the Ribeye and Steak Tartare are out of this world! Enjoy. Everything is delicious.