The culinary scene in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is both varied and inventive. Look for Americana favorites, Southern flavors and ethnic influences. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in Roanoke and beyond: Fortunato, 104 Kirk Ave., SW, Roanoke VA 24011 Fortunato is the region’s only traditional Italian kitchen and Neapolitan-style pizzaria, and it’s right […]
Back in the day, the finest steakhouses proudly cut their meat to order. They served up classic cocktails and hearty sides in an intimate setting with live piano playing in the background. Oh, wait. That’s how the Chicago Chop House still does it after more than three decades in business. Now, under new ownership, the […]
Clauss Bakery & Café Rensselaer, Indiana When traveling the interstate highways, dining choices are pretty much limited to fast food and truck stops. We prefer to off-ramp toward small towns in search of eateries that cater to local folk. That’s how we found Clauss Bakery and Café in downtown Rensselaer, Indiana, about mid-way between Chicago […]
The countryside is gorgeous, the eating is divine, and outdoor adventure awaits on water and land in the Highland Lakes Region of Texas. Read my story in Urban Matter Chicago here.
Ron Schluter, a former postmaster, and his wife, Sara, unpredictably created an award-winning upscale restaurant in small-town Nebraska. Neither one had previous food-service experience. Ron tells the story, interspersed with his signature belly laughs. First a bit of intro: Scottsbluff was founded in 1899 along an important landmark, now called the Scotts Bluff National Monument, […]
Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is even richer now that Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House has moved in. The Texas-based, white-tablecloth eatery is renowned for dining excellence and environmental stewardship. That, and Florida stone crab flown straight from the company’s own fisheries. “Our specialty is primarily seafood with an emphasis on crab,” says Brian Wubbena, […]
Madison has everything I look for in a Midwestern getaway: A strong arts and culture scene, fabulous restaurants, outdoor relaxation and a few quirky stories. Oh, and the Wisconsin city is the state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin. Read my story in UrbanMatter Chicago: 7 Top Sites to See in Madison here: […]