Tomukun Korean BBQ, Ann Arbor MI

January 2018

While working in Ann Arbor Michigan, another restaurant that came highly recommended was Tomukun, which is a restaurant with two sides.

One side is a Noodle Bar serving Pho and more and the other (where we dined) was as described on their website, a Korean BBQ restaurant and bar in downtown Ann Arbor Michigan that features table-top grills, classic Korean soul food and a variety of Asian draft beers, soju, makgeulli, and cocktails.

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Gratzi, Ann Arbor MI

January 2018

While working in Ann Arbor Michigan this past January, my customer recommended several times that my co-workers and I head to downtown Ann Arbor to try a local favorite Italian restaurant, and so of course we went, gotta eat right? 🙂

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The Tavern, Old Salem North Carolina

February 2014

While working near Charlotte North Carolina I ventured out over a weekend to explore the local area and went to an old historic town called Salem where I had lunch at The Tavern.

Old Salem is very historic. Experience early American history in the unique Moravian settlement of Salem. Original structures, gardens, tours, artifacts, hands-on workshops, fun family events and shopping

The Tavern is in Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC. This 1816 historical two-story building still has the design of years past with the kitchen in the basement and intimate dining rooms on the first and second floor.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Austin Texas

August 2014

There’s burger joints, then there are craft burger joints where the burgers exceed standards and take flavor combinations to a new level.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Austin Texas is one of those craft burger places that make you go yum! Read on…

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Poor Boy Lloyds, Baton Rouge Louisiana

April 2013

While working in Baton Rouge Louisiana a few years ago, I went to a great old place in town for classic cajun, creole, southern food and found it when I had lunch one day at a place called Poor Boy Lloyd’s.

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Grover’s Bar & Grill, East Amherst New York

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August 2016

Grover’s Bar and Grill is a place known by locals for their very large outstanding tasty burgers, where you write your name on a chalkboard, grab a beer and stand by the bar to wait for your name to be called for a seat.  It’s a very popular place so expect a short wait, but believe me, it’s  worth the wait.

The building and location is also famously known (and named) for being former Grover Cleveland’s hunting lodge in the late 1800’s in upstate New York. Cleveland was a politician and lawyer who served as the 22nd and 24th president of the United States.

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The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento Ca

December 2012

What’s to say that hasn’t already been posted a thousand times already about The Kitchen Restaurant in Sacramento?

Simply put, this place is the best. Everything is top notch. It’s spendy but well worth it.

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Worthy Brewing, Bend OR

April 2013

In case you were not aware, there are a lot of breweries in Bend, Oregon. 🙂

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You’ve probably heard of Deschutes Brewery and maybe 10 Barrel, Good Life, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Boneyard, Solstice, Silver Moon or one of the many other breweries in the local area too.

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Lunchcafe Blom, Amsterdam NL

August 2013

One day for lunch I was walking thru the local streets in Amsterdam for a while before I came upon a cafe who’s entire front side of the restaurant was opened up making it a sort of an inside/outside restaurant which was cool to see and made for a really nice ambiance.

Lunchcafe Blom is located at Nieuwendijk 117-119, 1012 MD Amsterdam NL. Phone 020-6246026  Website:  http://lunchcafeblom.nl

For a good cup of coffee, cappuccino or espresso, a nice lunch and the best sandwiches, and even an English breakfast check this place out.

Everything was made fresh from very fresh ingredients.

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For today’s lunch I had their club sandwich with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, chive and mayonnaise and to wash it all down I had a lemon soda, not to be confused with lemon-lime soda aka sprite, this was some seriously real bitter lemon soda….not something I’d order again unless I was using it as a mixer.

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Spud Point Crab Co., Bodega Bay CA

June 2016

There’s a little town along the coast in Northern California just north of San Francisco where Alfred Hitchcock filmed the famous movie The Birds. It’s called Bodega Bay.

It’s a beautiful area along the coast to drive around where the city has a small town feel who’s economy is tied to the coastal waters. You can see the fishing boats in their docks in the bay across the street from a tiny yet great restaurant called Spud Point Crab Company. They source the crabs right across the street from their own small fleet of fishing boats.

Spud Point Crab Company is located at 1860 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA.  Phone (707) 875-9472  Website http://www.spudpointcrab.com

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The restaurant is small and unassuming, it’s off the main drag next to harbor. You can’t miss it, just look for the crowd of people. There is only seating outside on a couple of table but it always works out where someone is leaving just as you’re getting your order. Or it makes great to-go food too.

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I’ve been coming here for years and always get the same thing – the crab sandwich (but the home made clam chowder is outstanding too).

Now I’ve had crab sandwiches before and I’ve had them all around the USA. But this restaurant in Bodega Bay has THE best crab sandwiches I’ve ever tasted in my life. I easily could eat these by the dozens, they are absolutely delicious.

Just look at that last photo below…that is pure buttery crabby goodness on a roll, two thumbs up!

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If you are ever in Bodega Bay and you’re hungry, you gotta try a crab sandwich or bowl of clam chowder at Spud Point Crab Company, you will be happy you did.

Cheers!

New York Beer Project, Lockport NY

July 2016

While working in Pennsylvania for a couple of weeks, I drove to upstate New York over the weekend to check out Niagara Falls and visit a friend.

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One afternoon after driving around we went out to lunch at a really great new-ish brew pub in the local area that makes their own beer on property, has good food and has an outstanding large facility.

New York Beer Project is located at 6933 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY Phone (716) 743-6927  Website http://www.nybeerproject.com

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The building was huge, this is only half of it in the photo above.

This brew pub was made for hanging out and enjoying beers with friends. It’s got a very nice roomy and cool main area with a wrap around bar, a second story with another bar and numerous places to hang out and play darts too and there is also an outdoor area upstairs as well. It’s a great place for everyone. Lots of elbow room everywhere. This place will hold a lot of people.

The food was good, we had some pizza and wings. The beers were all house made and tasted great. Tried a variety of different flavors, all good beers.

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Enjoyed hanging out and trying out the different beers at this joint. Next time I am in the area, I will definitely be back for more !   🙂

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Cheers!

Cafe Las Pupusas, Barstow CA

February 2016

While driving across the southern California desert highway just outside of Las Vegas, returning home on a road trip from Austin Texas, my buddy and I found ourselves in Barstow at lunch hour so it was time to find a place to chow.

I busted out my trusty iPhone and searched thru a few apps to see what restaurants out here in almost the middle of nowhere could be found.  Much to my surprise I located one very highly rated place not too far down the road from where we were.

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We got off the highway and headed into a neighborhood near a train yard. Seemed odd but sometimes you just gotta follow the GPS and see where it takes you. (fingers crossed). The restaurant was built in what looked to be a former house. The decor and layout was  simple but homey and very comfortable needless to say.

Cafe Las Pupusas is located at 224 N 7th Ave. Barstow, CA 92311
Phone (760) 256-3451, Website http://www.cafelaspupusas.com

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The lady’s working at the restaurant were friendly and helpful. This was my first time trying pupusas so I ordered two different kinds to try tasting a little bit of variety.  I ordered one with chicken and the other with cheese.

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These pupusas tasted great! The tastes, textures and flavors blended perfectly together. Of the two I tried I liked both the chicken and cheese versions equally, they both were very tasty. The best way I can describe them is they are like a stuffed tortilla and there are lots of options for fillings.

Here’s the pupusas menu:

Stuffed corn tortilla pie filled with :
De Maiz / Corn Masa: $2.35 – $2.65
Harina de ARROZ / Gluten Free Rice Masa: add $0.35
Chicharron / Fried pork
Chicharron con Queso / Pork & Cheese
Revueltas / Fried pork, beans & cheese
Pollo / Chicken
Pollo con Queso /. Chicken & Cheese
Pollo con queso y frijoles / Chicken, cheese & beans
Queso / Cheese
Queso con chile Jalapeno
Queso con Loroco / Cheese & Loroco
Queso con Frijol / Bean & Cheese
Frijol / Beans
Additional mixes:
Jalapeno / Serrano
Calabasa / Zuchini

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I found I also really enjoyed the sauces and extras that were applied liberally as instructed by my buddy. They were Red and Green sauces (hot and hotter) and pickled lettuce(?).

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I was very happy with the food here – two thumbs up, best papusas I’ve ever had 🙂

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If you ever find yourself driving thru Barstow and you’re hungry, this is the place go.

Cheers!