Dining Recommendations

Potato Gnocchi Special from Balena

An easy to navigate list of restaurants that I have posted about that are way too delicious to pass on, as well as what we munched on and delighted in! List is ordered by City/District (as I expect I will recommend other places as I eat & travel)! Clicking on the restaurant name will direct you their website, “Read More Here” will direct you to the expanded post (when applicable)! I also love to get recommendations, so feel free to comment with additional menu items you think we should try or other restaurants you think need to be on this list!



Income TaxRead More Here – Prairie Breeze Cheddar Cheese, Strangolapreti, Trout Meunière, Grilled Dry-Aged Sirloin, Coq au Vin


The Publican


Old Irving Brewing Co. – BEER (Flights): Around the Sun, OIBtoberfest, Candy Cap Sap // FOOD: Bacon Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Fish Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Apple Strudel


Bar PastoralRead More Here – Cheese (Quadrello di Bufala, Gjetost, Barber’s Vintage Reserve 1833 Cheddar), Sage Gnocchi, Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Chicken


Balena ** CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO FIRE DAMAGE, BUT WILL RETURN SOON!**Read More HereSpiced Olives, Spicy Lamb Meatballs, Margherita Pizza, Chicken Thighs, Cipollini, Tiramisu Gratinato (Specials: Swordfish & Gnocchi)

Earl’s Kitchen + Bar Avocado Super Toast, Steak & Sushi (Dynamite Roll), Bigger Better Burger, Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie

Summer House Santa Monica – Read More Here – Lunch Avocado Toast (sans eggs for bacon since I’m that weirdo), Chicken & Waffles, Guacamole & Chips, Summer House Salad, Blueberry Pancakes


Cafe Selmarie – Chicken Pot Pie, Meatballs over Creamy Polentab

Carbon Arc (Davis Theater) – Read More Here –

Gather – Read More Here –

Tiny Lounge – FOOD: Chicken & Potato Empanadas, Blackened Catfish Tacos, 3 Cheese Truffle Fries, Roasted Brussel Sprouts // DRINKS: There & Back Again, Moscow Mule, Tiny Old Fashioned, Soubourbon, Pierre Delize Cuvee Rose

The Sixth – Silly Rabbit, Weston, Statler & Waldorf, Spaceman Spiff, Fitz Loves Olivia, Air Force One, Permanent Saturday


Daisies – Read More Here – FOOD: Onion Dip, Zucchini a la Plancha, The “Overpriced” Tomato, Butternut Squash “Fall” Salad, Stracci, Catch of the Day (Perch covered in Rice Krispies), Amish Chicken, Kahlua Cake with Blueberries. DRINKS: Fall’s First Sip, Off Color “Le Woof” Bier de Garde, and Moody Tongue “Steeped Emperor’s Lemon” Saison.

Revolution Brewing – Read More Here – Beer-B-Que Mondays


Atwood – Lay of the Land, Sinensi Maxima

The Dearborn Read More Here – Steamed Mussels (MUST MUST MUST), Tartare of Venison, Ancient Grains & Asian Greens, Surf ‘N’ Turf, Courtney’s Macarons


Begyule Brewing Company

Empirical Brewery

Spacca NapoliRead More Here – Burrata, Prosciutto e Rucola, Diavola, Bufalina, Salsiccia, Salsiccia e Friarielli


Davanti Enoteca – Burrata, Arancini, Pappardelle Bolognese, Fettuccini E Gamberi

Tallboy Taco Read More Here – Gazpacho (special), Beer Queso, TACOS: Beer-Battered Crispy Fish, Pork Al Pastor, Grilled Shrimp, Gunthorp Farms Carnitas, Pulled Chicken Tinga, Pancho Villa Steak Carne Asada, Spicy Chicken, Grilled Skirt Steak & Papas, Cowboy 12hr Smoked Brisket, Steak & Egg, Raspberry-White Peach Sangria



E + O KitchenRead More Here – Edamame, Food Buddha Crispy Rice, Brussels Sprout Salad, Ahi Tuna Poke, Hamachi Crudo, Lacquered Duck Steamed Bun, Fish Tacos, Dragons Breath Roll, Pot de Creme


Abigail Street – Chorizo Stuffed Dates, Lamb Albondigas, Morek, Tuna Crudo, Batata

SenateRead More Here – Mussels Charmoula, Lindsay Lohan hot dog, Hello Kitty 2.0 hot dog, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Duck Fat Fries, Warm Pretzel Beignets & Caramel Marscapone

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