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Girl & the Goat, Chicago

Girl & the Goat, Chicago

Why did we dine here? – Girl & the Goat is Top Chef Winner Stephanie Izard’s top rated and very popular restaurant. It was our first time in Chicago, so had to try all the hot spots and compare…

Smoque BBQ, Chicago

Smoque BBQ, Chicago

Why did we dine here? – Smoque BBQ is a highly rated BBQ restaurant in the Northern part of Chicago. We heard good things about it and decided to give it a try while on our trip to the…

GT Fish and Oyster, Chicago

GT Fish and Oyster, Chicago

Why did we dine here? – GT Fish and Oyster is a seafood restaurant in Chicago’s River North area. We were looking for an informal spot on our Chicago trip and their menu looked good. Bib Gourmand rating on…

Barbuzzo, Philadelphia

Barbuzzo is a listed as a Mediterranean, Pizza restaurant on Yelp but seems to have an Italian slant too. We would call it a high quality pizza and pasta place and more. We were visiting Philadelphia and stayed a…

Porfirio’s, Cancun

An amazing find in Cancun! Porfirio’s is a Mexican restaurant in Cancun, right at tourist area Zona Hotelera, just north of the Hard Rock Hotel. We wanted to get some Mexican food and luckily this place was a short…

Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

Since 1892, this has been America’s oldest and largest public market. A perfect place for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Get exposed to Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch. A must visit for anyone into food and history! Some vendors close…

Le Diplomate, Washington DC

Le Diplomate is a popular French Brassiere in Washington DC’s posh Logan Circle neighborhood. You need to reserve well in advance, otherwise come early for a seat in the bar or patio. This restaurant has a high 4.5 stars…

Zahav, Philadelphia

Forget about the cheese-steak! When you ask foodies in Philadelphia, Zahav often comes up as the must visit restaurant. We had to dine at this 4.5 Yelp rated stop. They serve Middle Eastern Israeli cuisine. We have nothing like…

Lazy Bear, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Lazy Bear bills itself as “A modern American dinner Party”. Since 2014 they have been hosting 2 seating of a single prix fixe Tasting Menu served to guests on a long communal table.…

Forest Buffet Harrahs Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe

Foodnut has a thing for high end buffets.. The Forest Buffet at Harrahs Lake Tahoe has been in existence for decades and is practically a Lake Tahoe institution. We remember coming here as kids and have returned to see…

Foodnut Cancun Restaurant Reviews

Last Update: 2018 Foodnut travels, eats, and tells.  We’re based in San Francisco but have flown all over the place. We love Mexican food and find some of the best in Cancun. We recently finished up our latest culinary…

The Morris, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – The Morris it’s a restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District that occupies the former location of the slow club.…

Grand Harbor, Burlingame

Grand Harbor, Burlingame

Redefining dim sum in San Francisco. Why did we dine here? – Grand Harbor is a Chinese restaurant in Burlingame, California, located right by the San Francisco Bay. (Next door to Benihana) It has a grand view of the…

Taverna, Palo Alto

Taverna, Palo Alto

Why did we dine here? – Taverna is a recently opened Greek restaurant in Palo Alto by some alumni of nearby Evvia restaurant. They brought in a Chef from Village Pub to execute their dream. We had good experiences…

Chapeau!, San Francisco

One of our favorite San Francisco restaurants.. Chapeau! is a French Bistro located in the San Francisco Richmond district in the middle of the Clement Street shopping district. At one time, they had two locations, but later wisely consolidated into…

Pyeong Chang Tofu House, Oakland

Pyeong Chang is a Korean restaurant located in the Temescal district of Oakland, where a cluster Korean restaurants are situated. Burma Superstar is a couple doors down, while Bakesale Betty and Pizzaiolo are a block or two away. We…

Spruce Review, San Francisco

Elegant old school favorite. Why did we dine here? – Spruce is a popular American restaurant in San Francisco’s upper crust Laurel Heights neighborhood. This restaurant has one Michelin star and has been packed ever since it opened. This…

McDonalds Next, Hong Kong

McDonalds opened this Next Generation store in Hong Kong in 2016, making it the only one of its kind in the world. Sleek modern black interior, self ordering kiosks, special Create Your Taste customizable burgers, special make to order…

Foodnut Hong Kong Restaurant Reviews

Last Update: 2018 Foodnut travels, eats, and tells.  We’re based in San Francisco but have flown all over the place. We love Chinese food and find some of the best in Hong Kong.…

Hanoi Street Food Tour Review

Hanoi Vietnam is known for its dynamic street food scene.  The language and culture are definitely big barriers to going it on your own.  A street food tour was definitely a must. We took our hotel’s Street Food tour…

Lung King Heen Review, Hong Kong

We return to the first 3 Michelin star Chinese Restaurant in the world… Upscale IFC Shopping Center – Glitzier than any USA Mall…

Vesta, Redwood City

Vesta, Redwood City

Why did we dine here? – Top Italian on the Peninsula! Vesta is a California Italian restaurant in downtown Redwood City. They tried to support local and organic suppliers. It has an extremely high 4.5 stars on Yelp and…

Evvia Estiatorio, Palo Alto

Why did we dine here? – Evvia is the sister restaurant of popular Kokkari in San Francisco. Our last visit here was over 10 years ago, so it was time for a refresher. Reservations are not easy to come…

Conrad Hong Kong Sunday Brunch Buffet

Could this be one of the best Sunday Brunch buffets in the world? Best buffet in Hong Kong? Conrad Hong Kong Buffet: Best buffet in the world?…

Shanghai Flavor Shop, Sunnyvale

Shanghai Flavor Shop, Sunnyvale

Shanghai Flavor Shop is an inexpensive restaurant in a second rate strip mall. This diamond in the rough is located in sleepy Sunnyvale, and specializes in Shanghainese Chinese cuisine. To the right of this restaurant is the popular Indian…

M.Y. China Review, San Francisco

M.Y. China is a restaurant from TV Celeb Chef Martin Yan and the Koi Palace folks. It is located on the 4th floor of the San Francisco Centre shopping mall, right under the dome.  Over the last years, the…

Californios, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Californios is a Two Michelin Star (in 2017) Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, the highest rating of its type in the US. We were intrigued and hesitated to come here, but finally succumbed…

LV Mar, Redwood City

LV Mar, Redwood City

Photo Courtesy LV Mar Why did we dine here? – LV Mar is a Latin focus restaurant in downtown Redwood City that serves Elevated Latin tapas, platters & cocktails in a modern, comfortably upscale dining room and sidewalk patio.…

Parks BBQ, Los Angeles

Parks BBQ, Los Angeles

Why did we dine here? – Parks BBQ has been packing in the crowds for a long time. Nice decor with a bar upstairs. Celeb pix line the entranceway. The diners came from all races unlike some of the…

Montesacro Pinseria-Enoteca, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Montesacro is a hidden Italian gem, located in an alley right off a hardcore scary block of 6th Street in downtown San Francisco. The name comes from a neighborhood in Roma. We were…

San Sebastian, Spain Pintxos Reviews

We visited San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain in 2017 and have some reviews for more casual restaurants in this review. If you are a foodie, you definitely need to visit this beautiful area. Also checkout our reviews of legendary gastronomy…

Arzak Review, San Sebastian, Spain

Some call this place the Best in the world! San Sebastian is teeming with Michelin Stars, some of the higher number in one area.  We chose two 3 star restaurants for our trip, Arzak and Martín Berasategui. This was…

5 Joy Restaurant Review, Foster City

5 Joy Restaurant Review, Foster City

Joy, aka 5 Joy or Joy Tw Restaurant is a small restaurant in the Beach Park plaza strip mall bordering the San Francisco Bay in Foster City, just south of the Highway 92 San Mateo Bridge.  It used to…

Martín Berasategui Review, San Sebastian, Spain

One of the Best Meals We’ve ever had! In Lasarte-Oria(Gipuzkoa) about 15 minutes from foodie heaven San Sebastian, Spain, Martín Berasategui has been awarded three Michelin stars since 2001. Most people think about Arzak or Mugaritz, but you need to dine HERE!…

Xiringuito Escriba, Barcelona – Beachfront Paella

Xiringuito Escriba is a beachfront paella restaurant that several people recommended to us. The Yelp reviews are not good, so we were worried. To its credit, the restaurant was pretty full by 8pm, while others nearby where not. The…

Rave Burger Restaurant Review, San Mateo

Rave Burger Restaurant Review, San Mateo

Better burgers! Rave Burger is a burger joint that opened October 2008 in downtown San Mateo. We were walking by and decided to give it a try to see how it rated. The provide sit down service in addition…

Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco – Burlingame

Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco – Burlingame

Delicious Italian around the Bay. Pizzeria Delfina is the lower cost more casual eatery next to top rated Delfina. They do not take reservations and focus on ‘Neapolitan inspired’, thin crust pizzas and Antipasti. Delfina does not serve pizza.…

Mon Ami Gabi Review, Las Vegas

Mon Ami Gabi Review, Las Vegas

Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro style restaurant located at street level in the Paris casino at Las Vegas. How quaint that there is a French restaurant in a ‘French’ Casino? They specialize in Classic French Bistro…

Legal Seafood, Chestnut Hill

Does it deserve 3 Yelp stars? We had not eaten at a Legal Seafood for over 20 years and decided to try a Legal that was conveniently located at the mall we were at. This Chestnut Hill, Boston location…

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