Places I like to eat! Many of these are part of my Global Bites project.
Uma Casa San Francisco
Super love this Portuguese restaurant!
El Porteño San Francisco
Working on Barcelona.
Cal-Mex fast food. Good for take-out.
Casa Lupe Campbell
Tasty Mexican food.
Best breakfast place!
Naschmarkt Restaurant downtown
Really good Austrian food.
Always tasty Greek food. This location has outdoor seating and is bigger than Los Gatos location.
Tigelleria Ristorante downtown
Organic Italian and Mediterranean inspired food. Menu changes frequently.
Casa Lupe downtown
Good California Mexican food, like I grew up with.
Esther's German Bakery San Antonio Road
Great German breads, pretzels and pastries.
Super tasty food at reasonable prices, even better if you can make it to happy hour. My favorite are the Deluxe Diner Sliders and Truffled Fries.
Dio Deka downtown
Dio Deka is a Greek restaurant and has a lot on their menu, it is hard to choose. I usually end up with the Kotopoulo, Sananaki, and Horiatiki salad.
Enoteca La Storia downtown
Enoteca is an Italian style wine bar. It's a fun place where you build your own meat and cheese board. They just added sandwiches and salads to the menu, everything has been good. Don't forget to order the Carrot Cake bite!
Fleur de Cocoa downtown
I loved the small chocolate tart!
Modern Vietnamese bistro. Tasty and healthy.
Icing on the Cake downtown
The cakes that I pick up from there are always a hit! Especially the Luscious Lemon with Lemon Buttercream.
I Gatti East Main Street
We recently rediscovered an old favorite.
Lexington House downtown
It took me a while to finally try this place, my loss! It's probably the best restaurant in Los Gatos right now. Totally awesome.
Jack Rose Bar Highway 9
Good burger and appetizers.
Casual Chinese restaurant.
Los Gatos Cafe uptown
Great for breakfast! We like the Uptown location.
Inventive cuisine. Chef tasting menu. Expect four to five hours for dinner and around 12 small dishes.
Nasch Bistro downtown
Austrian cuisine. Same owner as Naschmarkt in Campbell.
Nick's Next Door downtown
Very tasty American bistro food for lunch or dinner. Make reservations, even for lunch, the place is small and fills up.
Always tasty Greek food.
Pintxo Pote downtown
Formally Donastia, new owner. Very tasty and authentic Basque tapas. A favorite of mine!
Pizza My Heart downtown
Good pizza by the slice, also nice that it's inexpensive. The Santa Cruz Avenue Los Gatos location is better than the other locations that I've tried. The crust here is thin and crisp, the sauce is sweet and spicy.
Shiroi Sushi Vasona Station
Tasty sushi bar.
The Bywater downtown
Tasty Cajun food.
The Cats off 17
Zona Rosa downtown
Fresh and tasty Mexican cuisine. Interesting dishes.
Cafe Borrone on El Camino
Good for breakfast and lunch, nice atmosphere where you can sit outside. I love their free range chicken salad sandwich on toasted cinnamon raisin bread. I have been going here for over 20 years.
Susie Cakes downtown
Cooking Papa El Camino
Catonese and Hong Kong style dishes, many to choose from.
La Fiesta near downtown
I like their enchiladas de mole.
La Morenita Emerson Street, by Whole Foods
Mexican food. I've been going to this place for over 20 years.
SliderBar Cafe downtown
Great place for lunch. Tasty sliders, fries, onion rings, and shakes. I like that you can order either one, two, or three sliders per plate. We had the American Classic and Cheeseburger sliders.
Sprinkles Cupcakes Stanford Mall
Tasty cupcakes, flavors rotate with the seasons.
Super awesome tacos.
Japanese "Teishoku" restaurant. Teishoku is a simple yet well balanced meal. We loved it!
Russian Family Restaurant downtown
Very tasty Russian food.
Café Claude near Union Square
A taste and feel of Paris right in San Francisco. We had lunch here and loved it. It's just a few blocks from Union Square, a great choice when shopping.
Cako at Union Square
Tasty cupcakes near Union Square. We had the Strawberry Cheesecake and the Maple Bacon. Yum.
Chantal Guillon Hayes Street
Super yummy macarons. Locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto.
Christopher Elbow Chocolates Hayes Street
Coqueta Pier 5, The Embarcadero
Michael Chiarello's interpretation of Spanish cuisine. Tasty tapas and modern cocktails.
El Porteño Ferry Building
Gott's Roadside Ferry Building
We've had burgers here but the recent surprise was tasty breakfast sandwiches.
Johnny Foley's O'Farrell Street
Irish pub and restaurant.
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana Pier 1.5, The Embaracadero
Tasty Peruvian food, gorgeous restaurant, private dining available.
Layaly Outer Richmond
Tasty Middle Eastern food near Baker Beach.
Pläj Near Civic Center
Super tasty Scandinavian food, worth a trip to the city.
Uma Casa Noe Valley
Super love this Portuguese restaurant!
Adega Little Portugal area
Already has a star, great Portuguese food!
Boo Radley's Cupcakes delivery to Monterey County and Bay Area
Very tasty and cute cupcakes. There are over 70 flavors to choose from. We had the Peanut Butter Cup and Apple Cinnamon Spice cupcakes. I seriously want to try them all!
Falafel Drive-In on Stevens Creek east of Valley Fair
This place is fun to go to and has tasty food. We had the falafel sandwich, chicken in a pita, hummus plate, pita chips, banana shake, and onion rings.
Il Fornaio downtown
Tasty Italian food. My family loves going here. Mark and I like to do the Festa Regionale.
Kara's Cupcakes Santana Row
I love the Organic Strawberry Cream cupcake, it was delightful. I love the way the do their icing, it's tasty and not piled super high.
Mexico Lindo south of Willow Glen
Mexican food like I grew up with, not fancy, just tasty. We had been looking for a place to get fast and tasty old-fashion Mexican food, and this fits the bill perfectly.
Really good Oaxacan Mexican food. Their speciality is that they have three moles to choose from. All are good. I like the chicken enmoladas for dinner.
Pizza Antica Santana Row
Very thin crust pizza and salads.
Ristorante Fratello on Meridian south of Hamilton
Organic, hormone free, locally owned. Delicious Italian food.
Sino's Santana Row
I like their happy hour and bar bites. Good for dim sum and dinner too. It's the same owner as Strait's, so if you like Strait's, you will probably like Sino's. On the bar bite menu, my favorites are the mini chicken egg rolls, crab and cream cheese rangoons, and the honey citrus beef sirloin.
Strait's Santana Row
Singapore restaurant and lounge. Tasty small plates, lively atmosphere, and good drinks. We like the Roti Prata, Samosa, Satay Sticks, Butter Chicken, Tamarind Beef, Coconut Fried Rice, and Garlic Noodles, to name a few!
The Blue Door West San Jose
Greek. We like to get take-out from here.
The Grill downtown
We went here on Christmas and everything was really good.
The Hedley Club Lounge Hotel DeAnza downtown
Great place to go before a concert or event at the HP Pavilion. Tasty small plates at good prices and very tasty drinks.
The Mynt West San Jose
Great for take-out! You can order and pay online before pick-up.
Indo Cafe downtown
After I got back from Amsterdam, I was craving Indonesian food. This tastes just like what I was missing! It's a bit hard to find because it's behind the UPS store.
Plummed Horse downtown
We used to eat here years ago and then recently tried it again. So glad we did! It was awesome! We had the tasting menu, regular and vegetarian.
The Basin downtown
We had a fantastic dinner at The Basin. There were six of us, so we had a chance to try many different things, everything was really good. Standouts were: House Made Burrata, Wild Louisiana Gulf Prawns, Exotic Mushroom Rigatoni, NY Steak, and the Winter Chicken.
Delicious Middle Eastern food.
Rocco's Pizzeria Ygnacio Valley Road
We stopped here on the way to a concert at Concord Pavilion, good pizza.
New American food, great view.
Buck's Woodside Road
Outside the Bay Area
Amsterdam, The Netherlands Favorite Hotel - Conservatorium
This is actually a home and garden shop. In the back is a garden. The owners made us a lovely Indonesian soup to eat in the garden as the 7th stop on the Hungry Birds tour.
We ate lunch here, tasty North African food.
We had an excellent Indonesian rijsttafel (Selera Blauw menu item) here. Eighteen dishes in all were served. Also had the Ayam Bungkus Karee starter (we really didn't need to order that, but it was good.) Remember to make reservations.
Rijsttafel included: Sate Ayam, sate kambing, daging kunyit, daging pedis, babi ketjap, ikan kerrie blauw, ikan blado, perkedel, pisang goreng, tahoe ketoprak, sambal goreng telor, gado-gado, sajoer lodeh, sambal goreng kentang, serundeng, atjar ketimun, nasi putih en nasi goreng.
In English: Chicken satay, goat satay, turmeric beef, spicy beef, sweet soy pork, fish curry, spicy fish, meat-potato pastry, fried banana, tofu soy sauce, egg in sambal sauce, roasted coconut, vegetables with peanut sauce, vegetables with coconut sauce, spicy fried potatoes, roasted coconut, sweet-sour cucumber, white rice and fried rice.
Tried the ossenworst and grillworst. Butcher dates back to 1860. Third stop on the Jordaan Food Tour.
Seventh and last stop on the Jordaan Food tour. Here we had tasty poffertjes.
A pub that dates back to 1670. We had Jenevers here as stop #10 on the Hungry Birds tour. They fill it so full that you have to take a sip before picking up the glass.
One of the oldest cafes in Amsterdam and serves the best Dutch apple pie. First stop on the Jordaan Food Tour - Eating Amsterdam.
This is a must try. It's basically a hot vending machine with tasty snacks. Super popular in the Netherlands. The food items are made fresh every day. Our second stop on the Hungry Birds tour.
You have to have these. Made on the spot stroopwafels. Sixth stop on the Hungry Birds tour.
A candy store with a bunch of different types of liquorice. Our fifth stop on the Jordaan Food Tour.
Gin tasting! This was really fun!
Insanely good cheese and the 8th stop on the Hungry Birds tour.
A place to try herring, served Dutch-style with pickles and onions. Our fourth stop on the Jordaan Food Tour.
We stopped here on a food tour and had a tasty treat.
Had the broodje pom and baka bana, Suriname and Indonesian food. Second stop on the Jordaan Food Tour.
We had Indonesian food here, known for their rijsttafel.
We stopped here for a banh mi type of sandwich. Fourth stop on the Hungry Birds tour.
Our first stop on the Hungry Birds Street Food tour. We had a tasty Indonesian meat pie (Vleespastei) and an 18-layer cake (Spekkoek).
The last stop on the Hungry Birds tour, a delicious chocolate cookie with white chocolate in the middle.
Fifth stop on the Hungry Birds tour. Here we tried herring, brined, and served with fresh onions and pickles. Also had deep-fried cod.
Best fries in Amsterdam with 25 sauces to choose from. Get #12 Oorlog "at war", this is a peanut sauce, a mayo and onions.
Japanese fast-food, really tasty! Hope it takes off in the states.
Local, organic yogurt, plus other treats. Third stop on the Hungry Birds tour.
Barcelona, Spain Favorite Hotel - Hotel Arts Barcelona
Arola at Hotel Arts Port Olimpic
Gorgeous tapas restaurant at our hotel.
Cacao Sampaka Eixample
Chocolate shop, part of chocolate tour.
Cal Pep El Born
Popular tapas restaurant. Website has some recipes.
Fargas Gothic Quarter
Chocolate shop, part of chocolate tour.
Granja La Pallaresa Gothic Quarter
Known for their hot chocolate and pastries, part of chocolate tour.
L'Òstia La Barceloneta
Tasty tapas, we ate here on our first night.
Pastisseria Escribà Las Ramblas
Chocolate shop, part of chocolate tour. This is where we got the white chocolate (red) lips.
Las Vegas, Nevada Favorite Hotel - Aria
Carnevino at Palazzo Las Vegas strip
A Mario Batali Italian Steakhouse.
Fu Hard Rock Hotel
If you are staying at the Hard Rock, this is pretty good for lunch.
Hakkasan at MGM Grand Las Vegas strip
Nobu Hard Rock Hotel
Really good for dinner.
Sage at Aria Las Vegas strip
London, United Kingdom Favorite Hotel - The Langham
Aladin Brick Lane/East End
Sixth stop on Eating London's East End tour. Situated in the heart of Brick Lane, we tasted various curries.
Artesian The Langham Hotel
Awesome bar at The Langham hotel. We stayed at The Langham and went to this bar several times. Great food and creative cocktails.
Beigel Bake Brick Lane/East End
Seventh stop on Eating London's East End tour. We had a salt beef bagel sandwich with hot English mustard and gherkins.
Tasty Spanish tapas.
Dishoom Covent Garden
My favorite Indian restaurant. We ate at the Covent Garden location.
Enrique Tomas SOHO
Second stop on the SOHO Food tour. Tasted jamón, cheese, and wine.
Leong's Legend SOHO
Taiwanese. We went here on a food tour, really good.
Momo West End
We loved this Moroccan restaurant!
Pix Pintos SOHO
Third stop on Eating London's SOHO food tour. We had a variety of Spanish tapas, ended up going back, very good.
Pizza East Shoreditch/East End
Eighth and final stop of the Eating London's East End tour. We had the very tasty salted caramel tart.
Poppies Fish and Chips Spitalfields/East End
Fourth stop on Eating London's East End tour. You guessed it, fish and chips.
Pride of Spitalfields Spitalfields/East End
Fifth stop on Eating London's East End tour. A small local pub, tasted beer and cider.
Said Dal 1923 SOHO
Fifth stop on Eating London's SOHO food tour. We had tiramisu and hot chocolate.
St. John Bread and Wine Spitalfields/East End
Our first stop on Eating London's East End tour. This is Fergus Henderson's acclaimed nose-to-tail restaurant. We had the legendary bacon sandwich.
Thai Square Restaurant Windsor (Outside of London)
Situated opposite Windsor Castle. Great Thai food.
The English Restaurant Spitalfields/East End
Second stop on Eating London's East End tour. We had the British classic bread and butter pudding.
The House of Androuet Spitalfields/East End
Third stop on Eating London's East End tour. Here we tasted English cheeses.
The London Gin Club SOHO
First stop on the SOHO Food tour. Had a gin and tonic, and a meat pie, a really good start to the tour! We ended up going back here on another day.
Wagamama South Bank of River Thames and other locations
A British-headquarted chain serving Japanese-inspired food. We went here a coupe of times while visiting Londone, including the one at Heathrow. Also in several other countries and coming to NYC. Hoping they make it out to California!
Yalla Yalla SOHO
Fourth stop on Eating London's SOHO food tour. Yalla Yalla serves Beirut street food. We had the Samboussek Jibne.
Napa Valley, California Favorite Hotel - The Sunburst
Rutherford Grill Rutherford
We've been going here since 1997 and still love their ribs!
Sam's Social Club Calistoga
Tasty place for dinner.
Excellent dinner, must go to when in Calistoga.
Tra Vigne St. Helena
Great place to stop for lunch.
New York City, New York Favorite Hotel - Le Parker Meridien
Babbo Greenwich Village
A Mario Batili restaurant, tasty with a fun atmosphere.
Baked by Melissa various locations
Very tasty, tiny cupcakes. Available online to ship in USA.
Bar Americain Midtown
We ate here for lunch with Michael Symon as part of "The Chew Experience." Everything was good!
Barbounia Gramercy Park
We ate here in 2006, need to go back.
Burger Joint Midtown and Greenwich Village
In Le Parker Meridian hotel, look for the neon burger sign.
Campagnola Upper East Side
Tasty Italian food served family style.
Carmine's Theater District
Great for late night dining after a show. We went to the one in the Theater District on 44th street.
DB Bistro Moderne Midtown
Chef Daniel Boulud's contemporary French bistro. Famous for their sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras, and black truffle.
Dolce Gelateria West Village
The home of the Cronut. Always a new creation here.
Eataly Flatiron District
We had lunch at Manzo, really good.
Hakkasan Theater District
A Michelin Star Cantonese restaurant in the Theater District. We've been to the one in Vegas as well. Fun and modern.
Keens Steakhouse Garment District
We had the Prime Porterhouse for three. Considered a top steakhouse in NYC.
Mighty Quinn's BBQ various locations
One of the best BBQ places in NYC. Get the Dirty Frites!
Ma Peche Midtown
We had an awesome brunch here - Habenero Chicken and Waffles, Beef "Fried Rice" and Cherry Mimosas.
Morimoto Chelsea Market
Oh man, I can't wait to go back here.
Num Pang Chelsea Market
Grab a sandwich here and walk over to The High Line.
Papaya King various locations
I don't eat hotdogs, so this is Mark's pick. Don't even ask the story behind this one!
Peter Luger Brooklyn
Famous steakhouse in Brooklyn, established in 1887.
Petite Cocotte SOHO
Tasty place to pick up a sandwich.
Shake Shack various locations
"Roadside" burger stand.
Whiskey Park Midtown
A comfy bar near Central Park.
Oahu - Waikiki, Honolulu and North Shore Favorite Hotel - The Royal Hawaiian
The restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian. We had Thanksgiving dinner here - steak and lobster. Everything was awesome, can't wait to go back and try the regular menu.
Bill's Sydney Waikiki
A new restaurant in Waikiki. Bill is a celebrity chef from Australia and is famous for his breakfasts. We ate here four times for breakfast. Everything was good. He is famous for his Ricotta Pancakes.
BLT Steak Waikiki
Great cook on the steak. We've only been here once. The only odd thing is that the service was a bit fast for the price of the meal.
Giovani's Shrimp Truck North Shore
We had to try a shrimp truck! The shrimp was tasty. It's peel and eat, but don't worry, they have a place to wash your hands.
Henry's Place Waikiki
Tiny store that sells fresh fruit and tasty ice cream and sorbets. Steps away from the beach on Beachwalk.
Leonard's Bakery Honolulu
Famous for their malasadas.
Mai Tai Bar Waikiki
The outdoor bar at the Royal Hawaiian. Whenever we go to Waikiki, this is our first stop. We order the "French Dip" Short Rib Panini and the Royal Mai Tai. We've liked everything that we've tried here. It's pricey, but it's steps from our beach chair.
Super tasty. Quickly becoming my favorite. Special menu items in Waikiki.
Great food and drinks. Best to sit at the sushi bar.
Always a favorite when we visit Waikiki. We love the short ribs and the steak. They are always changing up the menu. Don't forget to get the Hawaiian Martini.
Uncle Bo's Honolulu
A local favorite. We didn't make it off the Pupu menu - Greasy Noodles, Dynamite Shrimp, Kalua Pig Sliders, and Yobu Wings.
Sonoma Valley, California Favorite Hotel - Hotel Healdsburg
Bravas Bar de Tapas downtown Healdsburg
Chalkboard downtown Healdsburg
Our favorite. Go here!
Dry Creek Kitchen downtown Healdsburg
A Charlie Palmer restaurant. Very good.
La Salette downtown Sonoma
Portuguese food. Pick up a couple of bottles of Piri Piri sauce while your there.