As part of the Orleans updated dining options, Bailiwick brings live entertainment, good drinks, and plenty of comfort food to a spacious gastropub setting. There’s plenty to like from their oversized menu starting with appetizers. You’ll find a massive pretzel with an ale house cheese fondue, deviled eggs topped with candied bacon, delicious wrapped dates… Continue reading Bailiwick

Garden Cafe Buffet

Located on deck 12 of the Norwegian Jade, inside by the elevator banks but still close enough to serve most of the people visiting the pool, Garden Cafe is the ship’s buffet, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast has plenty of cold and hot options. Cereal, fruit, pastries. Pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, bacon. I… Continue reading Garden Cafe Buffet


Our first dinner during a cruise onboard the Norwegian Jade in December was at Alizar, one of the restaurants included in the price of the ticket. It’s an elegantly decorated space that seemed to have some Asian design influences, but the menu was fairly diverse with French, Italian, and American dishes. What we observed later was… Continue reading Alizar


Late last summer I was invited to sample a selection of new dishes from Served as they were thinking about expanding their hours to serve dinner. They are currently only open for breakfast and lunch. However, the seven course meal showcased the chef’s talent and creativity wasn’t limited to breakfast food. Two scallop dishes began our… Continue reading Served


I’ve heard so many good things about this California import that I was a little skeptical going in. It couldn’t be that good, could it? But after taking a bite of their original chicken and waffle sandwich ($9.25) I was hooked. It’s everything I look for in fried chicken and waffles (in a sandwich form)… Continue reading Bruxie

South Rims Wine and Beer Garage

What’s a beer garage? apparently it’s a restaurant with a car inside. South Rims Wine and Beer Garage has a real ’67 Pontiac GTO right inside the front door. It’s a thing of beauty but a shame that no one gets to drive it. The restaurant has several sections to it. There’s the front patio,… Continue reading South Rims Wine and Beer Garage

State 48 Tavern

This western-themed gastropub in Page, AZ offers more than just American fare. The modern menu also has Italian, Asian, and Mexican influences. Unfortunately, the execution could be better. The beet salad ($7, half order) suffered from too much of the lemon basil vinaigrette and not enough beets or goat cheese. The patty in the Cowboy… Continue reading State 48 Tavern

Truffles N Bacon Cafe

Serving up classic American fare with their own spin, Truffles N Bacon Cafe is a locally-owned spot just north of the 215 on Eastern. It’s a short drive from their original (and now closed) location near Eastern and Sunset. I’m guessing this new spot will garner more traffic being close to movie theaters, LVAC, and… Continue reading Truffles N Bacon Cafe

Chef Series Dinner at Glutton

Organized by Michael Uzmann (, his “Chef Series” highlights the talents of local chefs. This third installation of the series teamed Bradley Manchester of Glutton with Jaret Blinn of CraftKitchen to showcase their interpretation of breakfast classics. From start to finish the two chefs and their teams showed why their restaurants are two of the… Continue reading Chef Series Dinner at Glutton

The Protein Source

Just like Greens and Proteins and Protein House, this is another fast-casual healthy eats spot. Located a stone’s throw from Greens and Proteins, I prefer the food and shakes here. The American Muscle bowl is a good option whether you intend to eat healthy or not. It’s full of lean and tender ground bison, a… Continue reading The Protein Source

Ironside Fish & Oyster

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better looking casual restaurant than Ironside. Located in Little Italy on a street packed with restaurants, the nautical theme that fills every nook and cranny of their space is beautiful. The most visually stunning piece is the wall made up of piranha heads. You’ll want your camera handy when… Continue reading Ironside Fish & Oyster

Farmer’s Bottega

Farmer’s Bottega is a beautiful space with its vintage feel, exposed pipes, brick walls, and edison bulbs. As appealing as that may be, the menu is even more enticing. I had trouble deciding if I should come here for brunch or dinner. Brunch won out. Every good brunch needs some good cocktails and the bacon… Continue reading Farmer’s Bottega

Truxton’s American Bistro

They’ve got two locations with this one in Westchester having been around for ten years. They tout themselves as an American bistro that reinvents/reinterprets classics and that’s pretty much what you’ll find on their menu. Plenty of familiar small plates, burgers, salads, and entrees take on ethnic twists to form a menu with a little… Continue reading Truxton’s American Bistro


***Update: business closed*** The goofy logo and brand doesn’t do this place justice. At first glance you might think this spot specializes is fried food or low brow cuisine in obscene-sized portions, but it’s anything but that. It’s refined, thoughtful, and well executed. The talent behind this gem (Bradley Manchester) comes from an unlikely source… Continue reading Glutton

Lakeside Restaurant & Lounge

Located in Encino, this restaurant isn’t noticeable off the main drag. It’s off a side street and set back from the entrance as their valet-only parking lot is the first thing you see. Walking through the lot and into the building you’ll be transported a world away. The interior is open and fairly dark. There’s… Continue reading Lakeside Restaurant & Lounge

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

If you’re a dog lover you’ll love the dog-friendly patio where you can order rice, chicken and water for your canine. If you’re not a dog lover you’ll want to avoid the patio altogether. There are dogs of all shapes and sizes and some are less well behaved than others. Some owners are completely oblivious… Continue reading Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Andiron Steak & Sea

I’m finally getting around to posting a review for Andiron, Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla’s upscale and modern interpretation of a steakhouse. I made a couple visits during the summer and with the executive chef changes (opening chef Joe Zanelli left, Brett Uniss entered and soon departed, and now Micah Waltz leads the kitchen) some… Continue reading Andiron Steak & Sea

Rachel’s Kitchen

This locally-owned, growing chain touts “wholesome food – delicious recipes.” They do have some decent food, especially when in need for a quick meal. Without a doubt I’d rather come here instead of any national fast food chain. Healthy options are plentiful on their menu, but I tend to go for the bad stuff like… Continue reading Rachel’s Kitchen