Dining Out

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 to their website! 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! Recommendations are ordered by City (alphabetical).


Panorama on SevenTo Share: Pork Belly, Grilled Prawns, Grilled Vegetables // Snack/Nosh: Seared Diver Scallops, Fried Chicken Sliders // Dessert: Sponge Candy Cheesecake

This Little Pig – BRUNCH: House-made Farmer’s Cheese Omelet, Fancy Scrapple, Shrimp & Grits (WHITE CHEDDAR CAULIFLOWER GRITS WERE FOR REAL YA’LL!), The Cheeseburger, Crab and Shrimp Cakes Benedict, and Pork Belly Fried Rice (ALSO LEGIT)!



The Bristol – Bloody Mary, Cinnamon Roll, Chicken n’ a Biscuit


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

Little Bad Wolf – Pork Bao (AMAZING BAO!!), Chicken Bao (ALSO AMAZING, but has a kick to it!), Little Burgers, and ELOTES (OMG! THERE ARE FRIED AVOCADO’S ON TOP! WHA! TAKE ME BACK THERE NOW!)


The Publican

Little Goat Diner – Broccoli and CHeese Soup, Crispy Creole Chicken Sammie, What About Kebob


Nico Osteria – Fritto Misto di Pesce (out of this world good, A MUST ORDER!), Cauliflower Ravioli, Rigatoni, Stuffed Pappardelle (another MUST order), 14oz Painted Hills Ribeye, Cripsy Potatoes, Roasted Beets, Gelato & Sorbetto (Cannoli, Mint Chip Cookie, Coconut, Cranberry Cider Sorbetto), and Concord Grape Meringata


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

DMK Burger Bar – Paleo Burger (with Lettuce & added carmelized onions, no mushroom buns)

Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar – Boston Maki, Tokyo Sandwich, Cancun Cups, Chicken Katsu Kare Don, Tuna/Shrimp/Salmon Sushi, Mocha Cheesecake


Balena ** CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO FIRE DAMAGE, BUT WILL RETURN SOON!**Spiced 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

Mon Ami Gabi – CARROT AMUSE BOUCHE!, Oysters Du Jour, Wild Escargots De Bourgogne, Gazpacho Soup!, Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar Salad, Salmon Special*, Skate Wing, Trout Almondine, POMMES PUREE! (THE. BEST.), Hanger Steak Au Poivre, New York Strip Bordelaise, Halibut Special*, all their desserts!

Summer House Santa Monica – 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

Cookie Spin – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Cookie Inception, S’More Cookie, Fudge Brownie, M&M Cookie

Gather – DINNER: Burrata, Artic Char, Half Chicken // BRUNCH: Bloody Mary, Chicken + Waffle, Buscuits + Gravy

Miku Sushi – Firecracker Shrimp, Alligator Skewer, Flaming Dragon Maki, Robusta Maki, Ebi Tempura Maki, Fiesta Maki, S.T.A.Y. Roll, Soft Shell Crab Maki, Getaway Maki

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

The Warbler – Baked Mussels, Butternut Beignets (AWESOME), Crispy Cauliflower (AWESOME!), Chicken Sausage Flatbread, English Pea Risotto, Fusilli, Cedar Plank Salmon, Cookie Skillet, Carrot Cake


Daisies – 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. April 2018 Experience: Carrot rillettes, Sunchoke Latke, Heirloom Butternut Salad, Cavatelli Special (with braised pork shoulder), Pierogi, and Linguine. Drinks: Spring to Life, Cellar Key. December 2018 – FRANKIE’S BIRTHDAY!: Carrot Rillettes, Onion Dip, Agnolotti, Tajarin, Kahlua Cake, Seasonal Fruit and Oat Square, Apple Crostata, & Root Beer Float.

Revolution Brewing – Beer-B-Que Mondays


Atwood – Lay of the Land, Sinensi Maxima

Boleo – Empanada Carne, Choritos, Bunuelo de Maiz, Yaquitas

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


The Purple Pig – Bobota Greek Cornbread, House-Cured Olives, Lentil Salad, Chicken Thigh Kebabs


Begyule Brewing Company

Empirical Brewery


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

Mercadito – Tradicional Guacamole, Pescado Tacos, Pastor Tacos, Carne Tacos, Estilo Baja Tacos, Elote Mexicano (off the cob!), Mac & Cheese, Platanos Machos

RPM Italian – Amalfi King Crab Grilled Bruschette, Fritto Misto, Prime Beef Meatballs, Roman-Style Artichokes, Maine Lobster Ravioli, Ricotta Anolini, Short Rib Bolognese, Roasted Beets.

Siena Tavern – SUNDAY BRUNCH: Goat Cheese & Zucchini Blossom Omelet, Chilled Corn Soup, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts; WEEKDAY LUNCH: Squid Ink Linguine* (SO GOOD!), Tuscan Kale Caesar with Shrimp, Baked Lasagna, Truffle Mushroom Pizza* (I did not eat this, but my coworker said it was tasty), Wagyu Beef Meatball, Chilled Corn Soup, Roasted Beets Salad, Pappardelle, Spinach Cavatelli, Orecchiette, Blood Orange Cheesecake

Sushi-San – King Crab Dy-No-Mite Nigiri Bombs, Nigiri San-Sets (AMAZING! THE BEST QUALITY FISH I’VE HAD IN SOME TIME!! Order this! For Sure! OR try the Mr. Maguro, which is on our to eat list next time!), Spicy Yellowtail Summer School Maki, Pork Katsu Nuggest Sizzling Rice, Togarashi Chicken Nuggets // Fatty Tuna Handroll // Express Lunch: Tuna Trio, Miso Salmon Rice Bowl, Raw Tuna and Avocado Rice Bowl // Spicy Tuna Aburi (SO FREAKING GOOD!)

Tallboy Taco – 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

The Franklin Room – DRINKS: The Franklin Room Old Fashioned // FOOD: Oysters on the Half Shell Happy Hour (!!), Bourbon Battered Wisconsin Cheese Curds, French Onion Soup, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Squid Ink Pasta, Butternut Shrimp Bisque, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Cauliflower Parmesan Tots, Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Spicy Bourbon Burger, FR Cheeseburger, Prince Edward Island Mussels, Key Lime Pie, Deep Dish Cookie.

The Kitchen – Roasted Beets, Gulf Shrimp Hushpuppies, Cast Iron Lamb Meatballs, Tuna Ceviche, Pork Carnitas

True Food KitchenMiso Glazed Eggplant, Edamame Dumplings**, Brussel Sprouts, Redfish, Ramen


Pork & Mindy’s – Bao to the Pork, Buffalo Cauliflower, 3 Big Piggies, Tots & Ranch, Bao to the Tot



E + O Kitchen – 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

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


Cafe Du Monde – Obviously BEIGNETS and Coffe Au Lait!

Felix’s – ALL THE OYSTERS (on the half shell only!), Fried Crab Fingers, Fried Soft Shell Crab, Seafood Gumbo.

Pat O’Brien’s – Alligator Bites, Jambalaya, Fried Oysters.

Oceana Grill – Oceana’s Famous Oysters, Blackened Redfish Etouffee.

GW Fins – Barbeque Shrimp, #1 Bluefind Tartare, Heirloom Beat Salad, Scalibut, American Red Snapper.

Mulate’s | The Original Cajun RestaurantFried Shrimp Poboy



The Bagel Store – #6 (Roasted Turkey, Pepperjack Cheese, Buffalo Bacon Cream Cheese, Sesame Seed Bagel)


Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery


BAR GOTO – New Jack City, Nigori Bellini

Fool’s Gold – Great beer list!

Sauce – Brushetta, Grass Fed Beef Bolognese with Spaghetti


Big Gay Ice Cream

Buvette NYC

The Taco Shop



Hard Water – FOOD: Meat & Cheese Board // DRINK: E.H. Taylor Bottled-In-Bond ‘Four Grain,’ Parker’s Heritage 11th Ed Single Barrel

Hog Island Oyster Co. – Oyster Bar Mix (6), Fried Shrimp Sliders, Mussels


Sababa – Hummus Bowl w/ Falafel, Israeli Salad, Moroccon Carrot

Foundation Cafe – Avocado Toast w/Bacon, Shake Your Bahn Bahn Sandwich, Grilled Rainbow Carrots, Tomato Soup

Onigilly – Edamame Set: Tuna Salad, Spicy Miso Beef, Tempura Shrimp


Nara Sake Bar & Restaurant – Omakase 10 pc (halibut, rockfish, Japanese premium red snapper, yellowtail, amberjack, striped sea bass, silver thread amberjack, salmon, ocean trout, bluefin tuna), Uni Nigiri, Loco Spider Roll, Chicken Karagee


Mission Street Oyster Bar – Kumamotos (WA) Oysters*, Shigokus (WA) Oysters, Beausaleil (NB Canada) Oysters*, Kusshis (BC Canada) Oysters // * = favorite oysters


Nopa – DRINKS: Black Mamba, Copperhead // FOOD: Pink Lady Apple Tart, Stepladder Creamery “Ragged Point”

Nopalito – Tacos de Tinga con Pollo


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