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Grand Rapids to Lansing

Here is my trip report with photos: http://somethingtosharewithyou.com/20...

Below are the spots that I visited -

Euro Bistro
I googled and yelped my way to this restaurant. And I was pleasantly surprised. I am going to assume that the menu at dinner would have been more enjoyable due to the variety of entrées but I chose French Onion soup and a chicken breast sandwich and it was a good meal. If you must eat near the airport in Grand Rapids, this is a solid option.

Black Cat Bistro
The Black Cat Bistro is a great option, right down the street from the marriott in east lansing. Although I was disappointed they were out of mussels, I opted for the flat-iron steak with chimichurri sauce and hand cut fries. Pair that with a Dirty Blonde Ale from the Atwater Brewery in Michigan, and you have a great meal to enjoy while sitting at the bar.

The Soup Spoon Cafe
I was told this was a great spot for lunch by Yelpers and other locals that I asked during my visit. And I am happy to say they are RIGHT! This little cafe was busy with folks and I got to sit at the bar and watch a lot of food come out of the window(and it all looked great)!. Think sandwiches, pasta dishes and of course, the main reason I made my visit, the SOUPS!! They offer a soup flight, 4 cups soups with bread for $10. My order: seafood chowder, french onion, roasted tomato and fennel, beef and cabbage. The seafood chowder was my favorite, then the fennel beef and well, I enjoyed the other two quite a bit. Next time, I will do a cup of chowder and one of the fantastic looking sandwiches!

Mar 27, 2015
salesgirl19 in Great Lakes
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Lunch in Northbrook and lunch and Happy Hour downtown

Here is my trip report with photos:
http://somethingtosharewithyou.com/20...

Francesco’s Hole In The Wall
I was north of the city and figured I could find a great little Italian spot. I searched online and found something on Yelp and a few other sites on to place called “Hole in the Wall”. With that name, it had to be good. When I arrived, I was not 100% sold but the minute you walk in, you know it will be an enjoyable experience. I was told they didn’t have a menu – all was posted on the whiteboard shown below and if I wanted something I didn’t see, just ask. I really wanted the Veal and Eggplant Parmigiana but was convinced to go with the lobster ravioli with vodka sauce. The recommendation was good and the next time I am in town, I will return to try something new!

drumBAR at the Raffaello Hotel
You take the elevator to the top floor and find a mellow atmosphere, perfect for after a long day of travel. The bartender offered a special house cocktail but instead I requested a non-fruity Vodka with lime. Freshly squeezed and not sweet, it was perfect to end my day. We also shared a couple small plates – the hummus and the burrata. I was told the views from the terrace are wonderful but it was just too cold me for me to explore!

Eataly
I have wanted to try Eataly for a while but every time I walk in, I get a bit overwhelmed and am unable to make any decisions. This time I knew I wanted pasta. Something hearty(Chicago was cold) yet simple. I headed upstairs after making my way past the gelato and pastries, ordered the lasagna and enjoyed my dinner with a good book on my Kindle. Simple, great flavors and the perfect amount of food. I will be back!

The Purple Pig
What did I have? Pig ears and grilled octopus. May not sound so appetizing to you but it was delicious. And at 11:30a, the place was already full. Let me elaborate. The pig’s ear, served with crispy kale, pickled cherry peppers & a fried egg on top. You cut into it, mix it up and it is FANTASTIC. The Octopus…not so out there and if you like calamari, try the octopus. It’s served with Green Beans, Fingerling Potatoes & Salsa Verde. Great flavors and the perfect size for sharing(too bad I had no lunch date that day!).

Mar 19, 2015
salesgirl19 in Chicago Area

Week Long Naples Trip

Here is my trip report with photos:
http://somethingtosharewithyou.com/20...

BITES at the Ritz Carlton Naples
It was a good thing I used my OpenTable app to make a bunch of reservations for our vacation, BITES being the first. I wanted to make sure that after a long day of travel, we could have a quick meal at the hotel that was very kid friendly. This spot did not disappoint. It was in the lobby of the hotel and we had a great server.

While my daughter ordered off of the kids menu, my husband and I shared a few different dishes. The menu is split between hot and cold and different types of food. We started with the Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes with Buratta and Pesto, nice and light followed by a trio of ceviche tacos. Then on to the hot items: wonderful mini chicken pot pies and a flavorful sauteed garlic shrimp. We ended the meal with cinnamon swirl bread pudding.

Terrazza at the Ritz Carlton Naples
This was our spot for breakfast at the hotel. They offered a breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelettes, bacon, potatoes, sticky buns, pancakes, bagels, lox, oatmeal, pastries(YUM) and fruit. You get the idea…..the omelettes – amazing, the blueberry muffins and peanut butter banana bread – to die for, the fresh sliced tomatoes – fantastic.

Gumbo Limbo at the Ritz Carlton Naples
Overlooking the water, Gumbo Limbo is a great option if you don’t want to eat at the pool or on the beach. Lobster Quesadilla(good, not great), kids cheeseburger and the fresh grouper sandwich(perfect).

The Poolside Cafe at the Ritz Carlton Naples
While relaxing by the pool, the cafe will bring lunch to you or you can sit poolside. I absolutely loved the ceviche! My daughter had the mac & cheese twice!


Tommy Bahama’s
A “tropical cafe”. We came here during our last trip and it’s located on the charming, historic Third Street South. We ordered a few items and yes, they have a kids menu. My daughter fell asleep during dinner but her mac & cheese looked really good. For the adults – Crab bisque, Ahi Tuna Tacos,Char-Grilled Artichoke(sorry TB – Houston’s is better) and Blackened Fish Tacos.

Barbatella

Barbatella was one of the spots I read about that people loved. It’s right down the street from Tommy Bahama. The menu was a bit limited but pizza is kid friendly so we thought this was a good choice for us. Unfortunately it was a “colder” evening and we were sat at a table outside. The manager would not accommodate moving us(something about an investor coming in to eat so we could not move near a heat lamp -REALLY??) so we wrapped my daughter’s legs in the cloth napkins till she got some warm food in her. She loved her pasta(nope- didn’t even order the pizza) but how bad can pasta, cheese and butter be? We shared the eggplant appetizer- pretty good- and each got a pizza. After the music started we enjoyed dinner a bit more but a return visit is not in the cards for us. If you do end up visiting, we had a great server from New York. Ask for him.

The Bay House Restaurant
The best meal of the week and it was our last night in Naples. The Bay House is north of town and offers two dining options – an upscale dining experience and more casual tavern experience. They even offer a kids menu and know to bring the food out as soon as it is ready. This allowed my husband and I to really enjoy our meal.

The meal began with a wonderful bread, my husband started with the crab bisque, I started with the lobster and lump crab potholes. Then we both ordered the lobster and king crab pot pie. Definitely delicious, and very rich. They ended the meal with a plate of assorted homemade cookies. Next time we are in Naples, we will return.

Toast (soon to be called Poached
)We asked a few people we met who lived in Naples for a recommendation and Toast was the first on their list each time. I ordered the benedict, my daughter chocolate chip pancakes and my husband french toast. As soon as we both had our coffee, the meal was perfect!

Skillets
A second breakfast spot, the one I went to the last time we were in town. My husband order a skillet, one with bacon and veggies, I just wanted blueberry pancakes. Last time I loved my breakfast. This time, It was good, but we enjoyed Toast better.

Mar 19, 2015
salesgirl19 in Florida

St. Louis recommendations

Here is my report with photos: http://somethingtosharewithyou.com/20...

DeMun Oyster Bar
My first stop – lunch. I had a private dining experience at the oyster bar. I walked in at 11a and had the whole restaurant to myself for a full 45 minutes. It was a rainy day and due to the slow (nonexistent) lunch crowd, I got great service. I ordered the oyster chowder(which was more of a broth) but the flavors were nice. Oysters, bacon, potato- I enjoyed it even though it was not exactly what I was expecting. I grew up in the Northeast so in my mind, chowder should be thick and comforting and warm you from head to toe. Then I ordered the shrimp po’ boy, recommended by the bartender, and it was good. Simple and good. I hope that the dinner crowd is a bit more lively.

Brasserie by Niche

I had a glass of red and the braised beef for dinner. Ask for Layla at the bar- she will make great recommendations. Dinner- Delicious. Braised beef, bacon lardons, potato puree, glazed carrots,

Half & Half
It was recommended to me on Chowhound that I try the donuts. And who am I to decide to have a healthy breakfast when the sugar and citrus donuts are a highlight on the menu?
So, I order my coffee and donuts and decide this is a great way
to start the day!

Pastaria
My third visit. I love this restaurant. This restaurant is located in Clayton, next to Niche, the fine dining restaurant. I usually sit at the bar and watch them cook. Pizza or pasta- choose a side.
I always get the same thing- the Strozzapreti with the Pastaria bolognese. And now they offer a lunch special so I was able to try something new, a chopped salad. Romaine, chickpeas, pistachios, pepperoni, red wine vinaigrette- Fantastic! If in Clayton, this is usually at the top of my list for a casual spot with great food!

Mar 19, 2015
salesgirl19 in Great Plains

New Bedford dinner recommendation

full report with photos at link below:
http://somethingtosharewithyou.com/20...

I tried the below two restaurants...

Waterfront Grille
I started with clam chowder, then we ordered the whole belly clams to share and each ordered an entree, many of us getting the scallops. The bar was lively, the food was good and during the day, it’s probably a great spot to overlook the harbor.

The Cove Surf & Turf
I had to have belly clams again before I left town. The Cove is a small restaurant that does pick up or eat in and the people there are super nice. We ordered a large plate of clams and a small basket of clam cakes.

Grand Rapids to Lansing

i am staying in east lansing and driving in from GRR..i will have a car so i am open to trying anything fabulous!

Mar 19, 2015
salesgirl19 in Great Lakes

Park City for 5 days with 6-yr old

Here is our trip report...hope this helps others.

full trip report link for photos and more details on park city:
http://somethingtosharewithyou.com/20...

Powder at the Waldorf Astoria
It was quite convenient to have a great breakfast spot at the hotel. My daughter ordered the French Toast with berries and the chocolate chip pancakes. My husband ordered the steel-cut oatmeal and an omelette. I ordered the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with the blueberry compote one morning and the Chilaquiles the two other mornings – everything was delicious!

Red Tail Grill At the Canyons
convenient spot to grab a drink, lunch, snack after skiing

Purple Sage
loved this spot, cozy feel, very friendly, great food. I would definitely return to this restaurant!

The Farm
I really enjoyed the Farm. We started with the oxtail soup, which they just won an award for, my husband had the chicken and dumplings and I ordered the trout. I loved my dish….light, healthy and flavorful!

Zoom
not my favorite spot but not bad.

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley
skiers buffet - lots of food, very busy, no reservations unless you are a guest of the hotel

Grappa
I hate to report on a not so great meal but the best part of this meal was the homemade plain pasta my daughter ordered. That was it. I ordered Veal Osso Buco, one of my absolute favorite dishes, my husband ordered the Seafood Risotto, one of his favorite dishes, and BOTH of us were disappointed. The happy part of the meal was handing the server a coupon that we found in the local paper for a buy one get one free dinner entrée.

Riverhorse on Main
Must go…..one of the best meals of the week. The meal started out with a Chef’s surprise – in this case pimento cheese, delicious! They also have a fabulous kids menu although geared towards an older child.
My husband and I shared the poached pear & burrata salad which was amazing and the ahi tuna duo appetizer. We both ordered the bone-in filet

Java Cow
A must visit spot for ice cream at the end of a long day!

The Eating Establishment
We found this spot at the top of Main Street and enjoyed a nice quiet breakfast. They offer skillets, eggs, pancakes, the normal menu items. I chose corned beef hash – it was good. Would I return, yes, but I may want to try some other spots first.

Mar 18, 2015
salesgirl19 in Mountain States
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Grand Rapids to Lansing

Flying into Grand Rapids and driving to Lansing and then returning back the next day. Looking for a place to dine near the airport or on the way to Lansing for lunch, looking for a place in Lansing for dinner, and looking for another spot for lunch in Lansing or on the way back to Grand Rapids

no national chain restaurants please, enjoy all foods except Indian, live in Dallas so no Mexican please.

Overnight in Chicago

Thanks for the great recommendations. Trip report below with link to photos....

Naha
WOW! Wonderful! Awesome! Fantastic….should I go on? Three course lunch, $26, all fantastic options. I started with the risotto with fennel and spinach, then the braised pork shank with grits and finished with the most divine dessert that I still have dreams about, “gateau basque” custard cake with brown butter ice cream. I cannot wait to eat here again.

Osteria La Madia
The little gem salad with pancetta and mustard dressing was great, the pizza had organic egg and prosciutto(like a breakfast pizza) and the nudi(pasta) was simple. Enjoyable meal but next time, no eggs on the pizza for me!

HELLOTACOS! de cero
Over in the West Loop near Little Goat is HelloTacos. Tacos, tortas and tamales, it fit the need for a quick lunch and the price point was excellent. I will admit the tamale was not the best but I enjoyed the guacamole and the battered shrimp taco. Plus, I was in and out in 20 minutes- PERFECT. Time to go home!

http://somethingtosharewithyou.com/20...

Mar 12, 2015
salesgirl19 in Chicago Area

Overnight in Chicago

Headed to chicago for one night, need recommendations for two lunches and one dinner. Lunch and dinner in either river north or near water tower, and second lunch in west loop.

Love all foods but Indian, lunch up to $20 plus tip, dinner up to $50/pp not including alcohol.

No national chains please. Been to Beatrix, purple pig,oysy, xoco, and some others.

Thanks for recs!

Feb 28, 2015
salesgirl19 in Chicago Area

Trip Report - Santa Barbara in February

was at a conference...hit the pasta shoppe in the public market, arlington tavern, the lark and milk & honey

http://somethingtosharewithyou.com/20...

Feb 16, 2015
salesgirl19 in California
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Park City for 5 days with 6-yr old

Looking for recommendations for lunch and dinner in Park City. We will be traveling with a 6-yr old but she is well behaved and a great eater(will try new things). What are some options in all price points? we will be at a hotel with no car.

Feb 11, 2015
salesgirl19 in Mountain States

Houston - one night

Jan 22, 2015
salesgirl19 in Houston

Kansas City for one night

Jan 22, 2015
salesgirl19 in Great Plains

Lunch in Northbrook and lunch and Happy Hour downtown

heading to Chicago and looking for a place for lunch on the way from O'Hare to Northbrook. any suggestions? no national chain restaurants please. will have a car

will be taking the train downtown and looking for a place for happy hour with good food specials(river north, south michigan ave, north michigan ave area) and then lunch in that same area the next day.

thanks

Jan 20, 2015
salesgirl19 in Chicago Area

New Bedford dinner recommendation

Coming to town for one night (a Saturday)and need a great seafood restaurant in or near New Bedford. Thoughts? No national chains please

Kansas City for one night

I will be in Kansas City for two lunches and one dinner, open to all foods, no budget restrictions.

I have been to blue koi, bluestem, Arthur Bryant's, Oklahoma Joe's, jack stack, extra virgin, Bo lings, blanc burger and drunken fish.

Where else do you recommend? No national chains please

Jan 06, 2015
salesgirl19 in Great Plains

Houston - one night

Going to be in Houston this week for one night. Staying in galleria area and will have a car. looking for two spots for lunch, one for dinner. Looking for local restaurants, no national chains.

recently visited caracol, lillo & ella, and underbelly in november. any new restaurants that opened since then? i reread the options from my last post.

been to Etiole cuisine et bar, Funky Chicken, Reef, Relish Fine Foods, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, Table on Post Oak, The Tasting Room, Union Kitchen and RDG. Been to the Pappas restaurants, looking for something new(been to Uchi in austin). Price point for lunch up to $20/entree. for dinner, up to $40/pp. Open to all foods but Indian and Greek

Jan 06, 2015
salesgirl19 in Houston

Houston for one night

I really enjoyed it....feel free to share my blog with others as well. I have a bunch of other cities on it like chicago, austin, st louis......

Dec 06, 2014
salesgirl19 in Houston

Houston for one night

Review from my trip
Underbelly, caracol, lillo & Ella and fountain view

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Dec 06, 2014
salesgirl19 in Houston

Houston for one night

Going to be in Houston this week for one night. Staying in galleria area and will have a car. looking for two spots for lunch, one for dinner. Looking for local restaurants, no national chains.

Been to Etiole cuisine et bar, Funky Chicken, Reef, Relish Fine Foods, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, Table on Post Oak, The Tasting Room, Union Kitchen and RDG. Been to the Pappas restaurants, looking for something new(been to Uchi in austin). Price point for lunch up to $20/entree. for dinner, up to $40/pp. Open to all foods but Indian and Greek

thanks

Nov 28, 2014
salesgirl19 in Houston

Private room for surprise birthday party in dallas

Throwing a small surprise gathering for a friend's birthday on a saturday in january. Group will be about 12 people, aged mid-late 30's through mid 40's. Looking for a spot with a private room or area that we can surprise our friend on her arrival. Finding many restaurants have extremely high minimums to book rooms(i.e. Seasons52 was $1400). $150-$200 couple average...

any suggestions? happy with dallas area or up to plano....

Overnight trip to San Antonio

Only made it to Hot Joy and tried Magnolia Haus

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Nov 09, 2014
salesgirl19 in Texas
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Overnight trip to San Antonio

I will be in San Antonio this week and am looking for recommendations for one lunch and one dinner. I will be staying north west of the riverwalk, Looking for great dining options, no national chains, open to all foods. Client recommended Hot Joy, Bliss, Sustenio and B & D.

Any other great suggestions that are not to be missed?

Nov 03, 2014
salesgirl19 in Texas

Week Long Naples Trip

I will be traveling with my family to Naples for a week, flying into and departing from Tampa. Looking for some great restaurants for our travels.

Need:
- one lunch and one dinner for St. Petersburg
- one lunch in Tampa area (or somewhere on the way to Naples)
- All others recommendations needed are for lunch and dinner in Naples.

We would also like one great breakfast spot in Naples. Five year old daughter not very picky and well behaved. Spend is up to $20/entree for lunch and up to $40/entree for dinners.

Prefer non-chain restaurants, regional chains are fine. we will have a car

Nov 03, 2014
salesgirl19 in Florida

Lunch Recommendations - to be delivered for group

I have a client meeting at the AON Center and need to have lunch brought in for about 10 people. we have done Giordano's in the past. any other suggestions offer a delivery option? Sopraffina was the other recommendation.

Oct 08, 2014
salesgirl19 in Chicago Area

Diverse group for dinner

We will be in chicago from various places(California, Texas, North Carolina)on a monday night for dinner. Some are staying in River North, two are staying between south michigan/State Street. Looking for a non-chain restaurant that has options for less fancy/less expensive(think burgers, inexpensive steak, $15-20 average item) and options for people who are more "foodies" and will spend a bit more(average entree in the mid-high 20's).

Have been to the Gage, was thinking Little Goat but that requires a cab. Where can we walk that is in the middle? dinner around 7 after all flights arrive - 4-6 people

Oct 07, 2014
salesgirl19 in Chicago Area

Indy for two days

I will be in the Indy area for two days this month and am looking for recommendations. I will be staying in Carmel but will have a car. Looking for great dining options, no national chains, open to all foods. Trying to stay north of downtown if possible

Have been to St. Elmo's, Harry and Izzy's, Cafe Patachou, Late Harvest Kitchen, Oakley's Bistro, Shapiro's and Zest! Need breakfast for one day, lunch for two and dinner for one night. No budget restrictions but not looking for fine dining as I will be alone.

Sep 03, 2014
salesgirl19 in Great Lakes

St. Louis recommendations

I will be in the St Louis area for two days this month and am looking for recommendations. I will be staying in Clayton but will have a car. Willing to drive about 20 minutes if worth it. Looking for great dining options, no national chains, open to all foods.

Have been to Pappy's, Sugarfire, crossing, Pasteria, acero. Need breakfast for one day, lunch for two days and dinner for one night. No budget restrictions but not looking for fine dining as I will be alone.

Sep 03, 2014
salesgirl19 in Great Plains

Not to be missed Cleveland recommendations for Dallas, tx business traveler

Due to flight and rain, i missed lunch the first day. Hit Jeni's ice cream in Chagrin Falls and then Pier W for happy hour. the next day i visited Chinato and it was fantastic. thanks!

Jul 14, 2014
salesgirl19 in Great Lakes