Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc 6476 Washington St. Yountville, CA 94599 Yelp I have wanted to visit Ad Hoc for a really long time.  I even bought the Ad Hoc At Home cookbook many years ago in hopes of experiencing a little bit of Thomas Keller’s culinary genius in my own kitchen.  Alas, some of the recipes can be a bit…

New England Lobster Market & Eatery

New England Lobster Market & Eatery 824 Cowan Road Burlingame, CA 94010 Yelp With all my traveling to San Francisco, I’ve been in need of good eats close to SFO.  Sometimes you just gotta grab and go because we all know eating at the airport totally sucks.  Usually, I’m content eating something casual and Asian.  There…

Masraff’s

Masraff’s 1735 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, TX 77056 masraffs.com Yelp   Masraff is a seafood centric eatery in Houston.  It’s pretty nice and reminds me of a high end steak house like Mastro’s.  Dark walls and furnishings, soft lighting, waiters fully suited up, white linens, heavy leather bound menu, large wine list.  This is not…

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Hog Island Oyster Co. 1 Ferry Building, Shop 11 San Francisco, CA 94111 hogislandoysters.com YelpThe eat-a-thon continues with lunch at one of my favorite spots in San Francisco, The Ferry Building.  I love coming here on the Saturdays when the farmer’s market is really bumpin’.  I usually get filled up by all the eats from…

Tupelo Junction

Santa Barbara is truly an idyllic little town.  Such a contrast to the recent tragedy that occurred there recently.  But I don’t want to bring down the mood, so let’s stick to what makes most people happy.  The Mom, HemaSh, and I took a quick weekend getaway to Santa Barbara.  We didn’t do much, just…

Portillo’s

So on my last trip to Chicago, the city’s famous hot dogs and pizza didn’t make it to eating itinerary.  I’m proud to say that despite having every meal planned, I still managed to fit in a tasting of Portillo’s and Lou Malnati’s. I really wanted to try Hot Doug’s or Franks ‘n Dawgs but…

Papa Haydn

Papa Haydn is a restaurant that falls on the many different lists of “Top Portland Restaurants.”  It’s probably misleading because the food really isn’t all that good.  I think the “must-try” eats at this restaurants is the desserts, which unfortunately isn’t all that good either, unless you like cake.  I have a sweet tooth, but…

Joe’s Burger

The argument over the “best burger” seems to be an endless debate for the ages.  Some of the more well known contenders nation wide are probably In ‘N Out and Shake Shack.  Every city has its own local battle.  In LA, there’s Father’s Office, Golden State, Umami Burger, etc.  You can find me in the…

Little Big Burger

Since moving to Portland, I’ve had the strangest cravings for an In ‘N Out burger.  It’s only strange because I never crave In ‘N Out.  I probably eat In ‘N Out on only one occasion, on my way to Las Vegas.  I think I’m probably craving it because I know I can’t have it.  In…

Burgerville

Not all my posts can be about amazing 3 star Michelin restaurants.  Well, at least, some of my readers prefer it that way.  Something about pretentiousness and the like.  So to all of you, I dedicate this entry. Burgerville is something like the In N’ Out of the Pacific Northwest.  I’m not quite sure if…

The Golden State

Many argue over what is considered “The Best Burger in LA.”  Is it Father’s Office, Umami, 25 Degrees, Golden State, or some other new bumping burger joint?  While I do enjoy a good burger, I can’t quite understand the craze.  As a result, I haven’t joined the burger bandwagon to truly see for myself whose…

The Water Grill

DineLA descended upon the hungry citizens of Los Angeles last week.  For $26/$34/$44 (depending on where you dine), you are offered a pre fixe dinner menu from a wide variety of restaurants throughout LA.  My previous experience with DineLA has been really hit and miss.  Locanda Veneta was superb, but Craft was stinkin’!.  Sometimes Dine LA may not be reflective…