Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern

Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern 418 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore 410-469-9003   Have you ever wanted to eat that cute little bunny? Gorge on a gator? Slobber on snake? Well great news! We finally have an establishment in Baltimore where the zoo becomes the buffet. Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern is where the sausage party begins. With well over a dozen homemade options to choose from on any given day, there is something for everyone in this neat little corner bar with a kick-ass booze selection. The sausages range from the usual brats and Italian-style sausages to […]

Zeke’s Coffee

Zeke’s Coffee 4719 Harford Road, Baltimore 443-992-4388   If you have ever visited a farmer’s market in Baltimore, you have probably seen and hopefully enjoyed a cup of Zeke’s coffee. Nothing says “good morning” like the rich, smooth, fair trade ebony gold poured into each cup. But there are more edible treasures to enjoy beyond what you find at one of the stands. Almost a decade ago, Tom Rhodes opened Zeke’s first coffee house. Since then, he has garnered an extensive fan base, relocated to a much larger area, and added an eclectic menu of food options. Here, you […]

Bistrot du Coin

Bistrot du Coin 1738 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 202-234-6969 French cuisine deserves its own place on the food pyramid. Ranging from healthy to dangerously hearty, the often-savory flavors satisfy the soul in ways hard to find elsewhere. Some French chefs prefer to rely on very little seasonings, sometimes resulting in a bland experience. I prefer my comfort food to have a bolder presence. After hearing endearing murmuring from DC locals, I was eager to try Bistrot du Coin in the heart of Dupont Circle. Walking into this classically quirky restaurant, I was immediately greeted with a swath of […]

Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella 236 South High Street, Baltimore 410-685-7733 Baltimore’s Little Italy has seen dramatic changes since the 80s. The area once flourished with Italian restaurants block after block. You could easily find dishes from the old country that are not always the easiest to produce at home. Over the years, too many of these great places from the Rat Pack era have closed. Several of the survivors still churn out the basics, but not with the same flare and flavor I grew up with. Fortunately, there are still a few that carry on the tradition of the old ways. […]

Hamilton Tavern

Hamilton Tavern 5517 Harford Road, Baltimore 410-426-1930 Long known for the perfect burger, Hamilton Tavern continues to produce original flavors you didn’t know you crave. For years, this gem is the place that the locals frequent to get a fresh Roseda Farm Burger on brioche with thick-cut bacon and the usual fixin’s. While others throughout Baltimore have caught on to what a burger should be, owner Joel Ramos and chef Jeremy Price push the envelope. The menu offers year-round staples for those who want to stick to the tried and true, as well as rotating options that change with […]


Porta 911 Kingsley Street Asbury Park, New Jersey 732-776-7661 Pizza has three prime ingredients: dough, sauce, and cheese. Something so simple that still manages to constantly evolve in countless ways. If there was ever a food that represented America in all of its diversity, pizza is it. Porta, a New Jersey establishment, offers a menu that embodies this type of variety in a fun atmosphere that inspires good memories. If you’re thinking about a Garden State weekend getaway, Asbury Park is a great place to check out. In its recent renaissance, this small town on the Jersey Shore won’t […]

Prost German Restaurant

Prost German Restaurant 1195 Jacob Tome Memorial Highway Port Deposit, Maryland 443-731-1889 As the cooler weather ushers in a change of colors on the trees, the sadness of summer’s end is tempered with savory flavors and cold Octoberfest brew. The German scene may have gone kaput in Baltimore, but Prost German Restaurant satisfies the experience no matter what time of year. Start with a sample of apps such as the Fliegende Schweinchen (huge, tender pork wings), Frittierter Camembert with Lingonberry Sauce (a classier and slightly tangy fried mozzarella) and Brezen Baum (pretzel tree). Wash all of it down with […]

Mount Vernon Marketplace (Brown Rice)

520 Park Avenue, Baltimore After spending some time at the fairly new Skybar, (located on the 19th floor of the Lord Baltimore Hotel – beautiful views I might add), we ventured over to the Mount Vernon Marketplace. According to its website, “Mount Vernon Marketplace offers the finest, freshly prepared artisanal foods right here in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon district.” There are over 14 food-and-drink vendors to select from, offering everything from gourmet cheese, artisan sandwiches, fresh local oysters and seafood to noodles and dumplings, French crepes, Ethiopian cuisine and coffee, vegetarian bean burgers, and much more! With all of […]

Jake’s Old Baltimore Style Seafood

Jake’s Old Baltimore Style Seafood 19178 Coastal Highway Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 302-644-7711 There’s something about being at the beach that makes me crave seafood. Oysters, crabs, rockfish, oh my! While tanning myself on the beach, a simple search of area restaurants led to a new discovery. Half of the seafood restaurants in Rehoboth are owned by one of a couple parent companies, all having menus that are too similar to each other. All I wanted was rockfish stuffed with crab imperial. If you grew up along the Chesapeake, you would understand how simple this craving was. Instead, search after […]

Phuc Yea

7100 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 305-494-0609 While away on vacation last week, I was so excited to spend time with a very dear friend. She suggested dinner Saturday night at a Vietnamese-Fusion restaurant, Phuc Yeah, in Miami. Granted, it was a bit of hike from where we were in Fort Lauderdale. But the name of the restaurant grabbed my attention, so there was no question we were going. Located away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Miami or South Beach, Phuc Yea is located in an area of Miami that’s in the midst of reinvention. That said, it would […]