Best Food and Drink
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This page will list the best Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries, which we
visited or any extraordinary food and drink we enjoyed during our travels. To know Joe and
Christine is to know we enjoy good food and drink!
Keep in mind we mostly eat at "home". Eating out is for
special occasions or when we join family and friends. Those that know me
know I love to cook and bake, so requests have been made for recipes that I make
in my limited space and that we especially enjoy. Click to find the recipe
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||Places and Reasons
Anchorage Farmers Market - The Anchorage farmers
market is on Saturday's from 9AM to early afternoon? and it not only
has local produce but rows of Alaskan craft and food stands.
Marx Brothers Cafe - This restaurant is located in
a house. It is a wonderful dining experience. Expect to enjoy
some wine, some great seafood, maybe a dessert, and spend some
money. They make the ceasar salads at your table. 627 W. Third
Ave. Call for reservations - (920)278-2133
Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill - This is
another wonderful restaurant. If your looking for great food, the
perfect view, really good service and the perfect atmosphere, go
here. The seafood was wonderful. 420 L Street Call for
reservations - (920)274-3502.
The Glacier Brewhouse - We ate here twice during
our stay. The wood-fired pizzas are great as all of the food we
tried was. The beer is good. Ask what beers are on cask for a good fresh brew. In the evenings
you can either make a
reservation or take your chance at the bar tables, they are "combat
seating". 737 W. Fifth Ave. (920) 274-2739.
Haine's Brewery - This is hard to find, but if you
find yourself in Haines, go say Hi to Paul. He is one of the owners
of the Haines Brewery and will be more than happy to let you taste his
beers. He is very local and trying hard to make a go of it. We
enjoyed good Amber and Pale Ale's while we were there and then he told us
where to find a good meal and a few more of his beers.
The Alaskan Brewery - This is strictly a brewery
tour but for those of you who haven't had an Alaskan Amber, check one out
next time you are in the Northwest. While the brewery may be hard to
get to, Alaskan Amber is easy to find. Alaskan Amber is the #1 tap
beer in Alaska and #2 in Washington. But don't forget about the
Alaskan Pale, Stout, ESB, and any specialty beers including the
Oktoberfest. The awesome thing about this tour is its focus on
drinking. You can drink as much beer as you want while here and the
tour and beer are FREE.
The Breckenridge Brewery
(Did you expect anyplace else?) - The beer is good and the burgers are
very satisfying. We enjoyed the India Pale Ale and the Avalanche
The Gourmet Noodle -
Italian. Christine had the Elk Cannelloni and loved it!
The Idle Spur (Crested
Butte Brewery) - Whether you are sitting at the bar with a few friends or
at a table the beer and food are great. Beers we liked were the Red
Lady Ale, the White Buffalo Peace Ale, and the Wildflower Wheat. Try the Smoked trout
||Coors Brewery - I know, I know those that
know us are thinking Coors?!!? But listen. The tour is really
good plus it's free! AND, at the end of the tour you get three
full-size beers, any kind they make. Did you know Coors makes
Killian's Red and Zima? The local college students skip the tour and
go straight for the beer. That's acceptable!
Mazzola's - Very
enjoyable. Casual Italian, pizza and pasta. Be prepared for a
wait! The Spinach ravioli stuffed with artichoke was yummy.
Winona's Cafe - We had a
great breakfast here! Omelets and coffee were well worth it.
||Pepe's - What a nice evening. Good
atmosphere. Great food. The Oyster appetizer was very
delicious, and we followed it with Lobster, steak and fish. Good
wine, good food, good friends. Life doesn't get much better.
Get there early, this restaurant fills up when the sun goes down.
||Miami and close to Miami
Los Ranchose - This is a
Nicaraguan restaurant. Very good. There are three sauces
that come with most things, so we ordered the steak (Per Luma's direction)
which was excellent with the Chimichurra sauce (parsley, garlic, olive
oil). Everything comes with fried plantains, red beans and
rice. We also enjoyed the fried cheese appetizer. We went to
the one in Bayside at 401 Biscayne Blvd. There is also one in
Sweetwater and Kendall.
Ruen Thai - A few
walking blocks off of South Beach you can really enjoy this Thai
experience. Close friends of Ken and Luma own the restaurant so it
came highly recommended, and as we moved our way through the menu we
understood why. We started, with Spring Rolls and Chicken
Satay. Then we shared Beef Ginger, Chicken Curry, and Shrimp Pad
Thai for our main meal, and ended with Banana Delight. Everything
was great, if you like the fresh taste of ginger you will enjoy the Beef
Ginger. This is a great place to eat, as you can enjoy a good
restaurant and then go for a walk along Ocean Drive to watch the nightlife
in South Beach. 947 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, (305)
534-1504 Hrs 5:30 PM to 12 AM.
Sushi Jazz - This was
excellent food. Once again friends of Ken and Luma's own this
restaurant. If you love Sushi go here, if you are wary of Sushi this
is a good place to go because you can be assured of the quality. And
if there are members of your party who don't want raw Sushi there are lots
of cooked Japanese food choices. This is also in a downtown
Hollywood where it is interesting to walk around and see the shops and
nightlife. There is a parking garage right behind the
restaurant. 1902 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL (954)
||BitterCreek Ale House - As Joe notes in the log,
this place does not make their own beer, but check it out anyway.
They have 30 Northwest brews on tap including a hard cider and a root
beer. They also have a cask conditioned beer. You can find
something to love here! Plus the food is really good. We
enjoyed a brushetta appetizer. Christine had a Pesto Salmon Sandwich
and Joe enjoyed a warm Spinach salad with spicy shrimp. They also
had outdoor seating. 246 N. 8th Street.
||Houghton (Upper MI)
||The Library - Relaxing atmosphere, great
beer, and good food. We sat at the bar for hours working our way
through an appetizer, dinner and many pints of pale ale and amber.
||North of Newport
|| Greenvale - Specializing in
Whites, this winery is off the beaten path, but it is in the
brochures. The setting is ideal and the tasting room fun.
Pinto - This restaurant is worth checking out just for the atmosphere,
but luckily the food is also good. Good margaritas and Mexican
Street - Father Tom brought us to this restaurant. We all had
fish from Sea Bass and Trout to Shrimp and Salmon. Very good.
If your feeling adventuresome, try the Salmon Rellanos.
Grille & Brewing Co. - You knew there had to be at least one
Brewery! The beer here was very enjoyable, we tried them all from
the light lager to the amber. Two of our members seemed to really
enjoy the Portabella sandwich. 505-889-6400
Great American Land and Cattle Restaurant -
If your looking for a steak - a BIG steak, this is the place.
Strictly cowboy fare as they call it. Trivia: What are the cowboys
referring to when they talk about Cowboy Caviar? Baked Beans, of
course. We had a great Anniversary
dinner here complete with one of our favorite red wines, Ravenswood
Zinfandel, and a piece of Apple Pie. Thanks Mom, Dad, Aunt Arlene
and Uncle Don.
||New York City
||The Stage Deli - Well, we only had
two meals in New York City and thanks to Josh, one of those meals was at
the Stage Deli. A famous deli in New York. If you love great
pastrami and corned beef, grab a table, order a sandwich, enjoy the
pickles and of course, end with a piece of cheesecake.
||DeShutes Brewery and Public House - This
beer has a fairly large market. We were there on a Thursday night
and the restaurant was packed. First the beer, very good, and best
of all they had two beers on Cask Conditioning. They were both
excellent. The food was also remarkable. Christine has a
Roasted Vegetable Spring Roll with spicy Thai dipping sauce and Joe had a
Portabella Mushroom burger with blue cheese and walnuts. We left
very sated. It is right downtown at 1044 NW Bond St.
The downtown area of Bend is neat and was very busy when we were
there. There is also another brewery called the Bend Brewing Company
in the downtown area. So much beer so little time....
||CI Shennanigans - This restaurant was
right downtown on the river behind the Double Tree Hotel. We really
enjoyed our evening here. The beers were good as were the
steaks. After dinner we hung out and enjoyed the music of an
excellent trio while playing some pool on full size pool tables.
Snake River Brewing Company
- Snake River won best small brewery at the 2000 Beer Festival in
Breckenridge. The Pale Ale was very smooth and they had a new ESP
that I found tasty. They are known for their pizza's and
pasta's. It's not on the main drag, so ask for directions or follow
the bold aroma of the hops.
||Places and Reasons
||The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company - Pub and
restaurant. The Grizzly Paw had a very comfortable atmosphere.
We enjoyed their Rutting Elk Red an IPA and Bear Scat (or jalapeno
poppers). All the beer is brewed on the premises. Pool tables
upstairs. 622 Main Street.