Purple Dot in the International District in Seattle has excellent Dim Sum and lively atmosphere. What it lacks in fanciness it makes up for in flavor.
Marinated fish with lime, choclo, sweet potato, leche de tigre, and peruvian peppers from the new Peruvian restaurant Via Lima in Chicago.
Wood in East Lake View not only has delicious seasonal dishes but a great cocktail menu. Including a summer favorite: Flip Flops & Tank Tops – Citadelle gin, vida mezcal, watermelon, lemon, and mint
on the summer menu at Wood in Lake View, Chicago. Almost too pretty to eat.
Spring take on bruschetta with English peas & ricotta, crispy prosciutto and pickled vegetables. Best paired with rosé and the patio in the sun.
Look at those yolks! Yonder Way Farm eggs atop pulled pork and french fries. This is what breakfast looks like at Banger’s in Austin, Texas.
Built in 1890 as an athletic club, now a popular hotel and home to one of the best rooftop terrace views at Cindy’s, Cherry Circle Room restaurant, a huge game room and 8-seat bar Milk Room there is no shortage of things to do. Shake Shack is on the first floor as well.
Chiltern Firehouse, once the Marylebone Fire Station built in 1889, has been transformed into a luxury hotel and restaurant by André Balazs (The Mercer, Chateau Marmont) and is favored by celebs and posh Londoners.
The proper doorman will guide you past the gates, through the patio and into the plush dining room with red leather booths, cream and red patterned fabric ceiling and bustling wait staff attending to all of the beautiful people’s needs.
Go for the scene and drinks. For food, breakfast or lunch is your best bet price-wise – sit at the bar along side the kitchen to see all of the action.
My favorite part of lunch: Dark Chocolate Tart with clementines and whipped ricotta.
Rest of lunch:
“Cahoots, where the spirits run high and drinks never run dry.” Secure your reservation, memorize the password and make your way to this secret-ish underground station with a 1940s vibe in London. Once you receive the go ahead, head down the stairs and step back in time to a world of debauchery and fun. Cahoots is a unique experience, here is a peek into this hush-hush hot spot:
-Reservations are recommended or be prepared to wait in line
-Along with the incredible experience, Cahoots has spectacular service to help you figure which of the over 60 cocktails is for you.
-The food menu, dubbed “Rations”, has enough options to serve as dinner.
-Check out the cheeky posters in the loo.
The Underground station is lined with subway tile, crates for tables, an old subway car section and of course sandbags for fortification – we are in newly post-war London after all.
Grab the newspaper menu and peruse the dozens of drinks while taking in the old-timey music. Wine and champagne are available as well. Some favorites:
White Cloves of Dover: Clove-and-orange-infused Bacardi Carta Oro rum, amontillado sherry, cinnamon syrup, fresh lime, cranberry juice and raspberry
Katherine Hepburn: Earl-Grey-tea-infused Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Saint Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime and honey syrup
Gracie Fields: Ketel One Vodka, rose liqueur, home-made rhubarb-rose-peppercorn syrup with Prosecco foam
Rations: Meat + Pickles, Bangers + Roasties, Smoked Almonds
Spongy cupcake with a bit of sweet and tangy lemon curd mixed with vodka and a refreshing lemon zest frosting make this mini cupcake the perfect light and elegant midweek snack.