Over the years, our touring has taken us to dozens of cities
and towns across the US. As a group that loves to eat almost
as much as we love to play music, we're always on the lookout
for memorable regional cuisine. Here are some our favorite
restaurants that we've visited in recent years, arranged by
states.. Our favorite college cafeterias appears at the end
of the list. (If you have some recommendations for us, we'd
love to hear from you. Please email Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you happen to be on I-65 between Birmingham and Montgomery
and need a driving break, stop in at Heaton's Pecan Farm for
a scoop of fresh peach and pecan ice cream. And if you're
in a sinful mood, pick up a jar or two of pecan maple syrup
El Camino Real appears to be a family-run establishment with
five locations in the Huntsville area. Impressed by the number
of cars in their lot, we tried the one on University Ave.
near UAH. The fish preparations --grilled pollock and shrimp
in garlic--were so outstanding that the entire group returned
the following evening for a business meeting. My whole grilled
red snapper, served on a bed of rice, with refried beans and
guacamole, was the culinary highpoint of a ten-day tour.
We had our most amazing pre-concert backstage catered meal in Juneau, courstesy of Chef Stef, who was famously fired by Gov. Sarah Palin in a highly publicized and controversial cost-cutting move. Stef served as a whole smoked salmon, fresh figs with feta cheeses and balsamic vinegar, cilantro shrimp, and other scrumptious treats.
We had an outstanding lunch recently at Loca Luna, one of
the trendier of the city's bistros. The grilled salmon
with orange sauce and the shrimp burrito were the standouts
here, and the chocolate turtle cake is worth saving room for.
On an earlier tour, Mark and I had some great fried catfish
at Shorty Smalls', a popular local chain.
This tiny community fifteen miles south of Batesville boasts
an outstanding catfish house, Crick's, which in all ways blew
Shorty Small's off the map. Great condiments and sides, too,
and a warm blackberry cobbler that alone is worth a detour
off the interstate.
El Cholo is an old-timey LA landmark: we love the tortilla soup, green
corn tamales, and, of course, the margaritas. Fiddler's Bistro,
near Farmer's Market, has great Belgian Waffles, multi-grain
cereals, omelets, and fresh-squeezed juices. They also
have a terrific lunch and dinner menu as well; the complementary
red pepper spread that comes with their bread is remarkable.
We had a terrific Greek salad and spanakopita at Eleni's,
and managed to leave room for some delectable desserts, made
by the owner's mother.
What do you get when you cross Sri Lankin owners with a Guatemalan
cook? You get The Asian Rose, a fabulous vegetarian
cafeteria in downtown Santa Cruz, with offerings that seem
to combine the best of Indian and Thai cuisines (don't know
where that leaves Guatemala, but try as I might, I couldn't
detect any south-of-the-border influence). If you go
for the eggplant with basil, the lemon-garlic mushrooms, and
the spinach with tofu, you won't be disappointed. And
be sure to get a glass of the Thai iced tea to wash it all
Ronn, Mary Anne, and Custer had lunch at the Harvest Restaurant
and Bakery on Colorado Blvd. during a recent tour. After
an exquisite carrot juice appertif, they sampled three fabulous
soups; lentil ("best ever"--Mary Anne), tomato parmesan,
and vegetarian chili. The entrees included a hearty
broccoli-walnut casserole and a wok stir fry. This place
has been voted the best vegetarian restaurant in Denver, and
they serve beer, too!
We normally list only homey, inexpensive restaurants on this
page, but we're making an exception for the 3W and the Blue
Bar, a trendy and fairly expensive place right in the heart
of downtown Litchfield. We threw our normally frugal
selves to the wind and came here on three successive nights,
so taken were we by the winter salad--a heavenly combination
of field greens, pear slices, warm goat cheese, dried cherries,
and honeyed walnuts--and a truly spectacular dessert, the
mouth-watering pear frangipan. They also have an excellent
sushi bar serve terrific beers on tap. So splurge; you
won't regret it.
Heartworks is a funky vegetarian restaurant in the Five Points
neighborhood serving outstanding and imaginative cuisine.
My tofu mushroom stroganoff was excellent and the other entrees,
such as corn crepes with goat cheese and mole poblano sauce,
For a late night snack following a recent concert--when even
the brew pubs had closed their kitchens--a few members of
the consort repaired to the Buckhead Diner, which is certainly
no ordinary diner. They have an extensive and selective wine
list, fine beers, and some extraordinary (if not exactly lo-cal)
dishes. We sampled the jalapeno coleslaw, some spicy onion
rings, and a salmon BLT, which were all excellent. An outstanding
new Greek restaurant in town is the Greek Island Taverna on
Buford. We'd heartily recommend the tamarosalat and fava bean
appetizers and the moussaka (both regular and veggie versions)
for the main course. Perhaps the piece de resistance, though,
was the free-range chicken, which truly has to be seen--and
tasted--- to be believed. Fine desserts and Greek coffee,
too. A controversial entry, Fishbones, is included despite
objections from certain members of the group who were put
off the miniscule portions and high prices. All true,
but the preparations--from the haricots verts to the crisp
red snapper-- were truly outstanding.
In this tiny town, right off I-75 about an hour south of Atlanta,
we found an outstanding Cuban/Mexican cafe, Chiko's, which
serves delicious meals that have that homeade, "grandmother
in the kitchen" quality. Excellent black bean soup,
grilled shrimp with vegetables, and even tropical shakes,
such as guanabana and mango.
Way off the beaten track and far from the glitz of Waikiki
beach, we found an outstanding Japanese restaurant, Irifune, which redefines creative Asian cuisine. The stir-fried
garlic ahi was wonderful (garlic is the signature seasoning
here), and even an item as prosaic as California roll, in
the hands of this inventive chef, was unusually delectable.
If it's German food that you like, the Amana colonies in Eastern
Iowa have a plethora of choices. On a recent tour, we
had dinner at the Barn Restaurant, which served a delicious
homemade soup and tasty side dishes such as fresh applesauce
and creamed spinach. The next morning, a few of us sampled
the family breakfast at the Colony Inn, which featured an
all-you-can-eat spread of delectable crepe-like pancakes,
fresh eggs, and locally made bacon and sausage.
During a week-long residency in the Quad Cities, we dined
no fewer than six times at Lunardi's, a family-run Italian
restaurant hidden away in an unpretentious strip mall on Rte.
61. The place is definitely worth a detour off the interstate.
The veggie deep dish pizza pie--one of their signature dishes--was
so spectacular that Mary Anne ordered it two nights in a row.
The made-from-scratch minestrone soup was one of the best
any of us had ever had, and the sauteed mushrooms were perfectly
prepared with plenty of garlic and white wine. Their
pesto and marinara sauces were exquisite. If you have
room, splurge on one of their cheesecakes; we tried the Baily's
Irish Cream version (inspired, no doubt, by the neon four-leaf
clover that dots the "i" in Lunardi's, and it was
heavenly. Our lunch stop of choice was Greatest Grains--a
huge, unusually well-stocked homey health food store and cafe--which
a had a plethora of tasty lunch selections; standouts were
the tostados, spinach-potato pie, pasta e faggioli soup, avocado
sandwiches, and black bean enchiladas. The freshly-squeezed
vegetablle juices became welcome elixirs that helped recharge
our batteries for the afternoon school shows.
Our gracious hosts took us to a splendid lunch at Chianti's,
where we feasted on grilled red snapper and a variety of fresh
pasta dishes. Mark and I are both suckers for a good tiramisu,
and the ones we polished off compared with the very best of
We're lucky: within a few blocks of the Peabody Conservatory--our
main rehearsal site--there are four excellent dining choices.
Al Pacino's has the best pizza in Baltimore, with over fifty
varieties of toppings, some I've never seen anywhere else.
They serve other things, too, but we've never made it past
the pizza page. When we're in the mood for Indian, there's
the Bombay Grill, with an excellent and inexpensive luncheon
buffet, though if we have more time, we'll drive out to the
Ambassador on Canterbury for our curry fix. Donna's makes
a terrific grilled vegetable sandwich and veggie burger, and
you should definitely leave room for coffee and a tiramisu.
Then there's always Louie's, the venerable bookstore/restaurant
right on Charles St. I usually get the Maryland crab cakes
or an oyster sandwich when the season's right. In Hampden,
a neighborhood in north Baltimore where Mark lives, we'll
often grab a veggie burrito--packed with rice, beans, and
grilled vegetables-- at Holy Frijoles. For great pancakes,
coffee, and a dynamite green chile breakfast burrito, we'll
stop by the Golden West Cafe.
Our all-time favorite Asian/vegetarian restaurant, The Vegetable
Garden, is tucked away inconspicuously in a strip mall on
Rockville Pike just north of the Beltway. The menu features
a staggering variety of imaginative dishes, including many
"faux" meat and fish preparations made with soy.
Hard to know what to recommend here; it's all delicious. Though
we've eaten here over a dozen times, we feel we've only begun
to scratch the surface.
Caffe Luna is tucked away in an unremarkable strip mall on
Rte. 9 in Chestnut Hill, but they served a most remarkable
grilled swordfish and spicy lentil soup. Leave room
for the tiramisu!
Cleveland is in the heart of Delta blues country, about a
half hour south of Clarksdale on Mississippi's storied Rte.
61. There, right off the highway, is the state's only
four-star restaurant, KC's. We sampled their offerings
on a recent tour and can vouch for each one of those stars.
From start to finish, this was an extraordinary, if rather
pricey, meal. My wild mushroom ragout on polenta was
outstanding, and Chris inhaled his sea bass and risotta in
about three bites. The Bailey's Irish Cream creme brulee
and passionfruit sorbet are definitely worth leaving room
for, and the French- pressed international coffees made a
perfect ending to the meal. Our only regret was that
we went there before, rather than after our concert, and were
thus unable to partake in a wine. Their wine cellar is
one of the most celebrated in this part of the country, and
the wine list itself is the size of a small novel.
After a school show, our hosts took us to Porches for a pre-concert
lunch. Where to begin? The restaurant is in a beautiful,
stately Victorian-era home, filled with antiques. The
food is simply superb; truly, southern cooking at its finest.
We had outstanding catfish cakes with a red pepper sauce,
succulent fried catfish, a delicious preparation of salmon
fillets and a hosts of (to us) exotic and toothsome side dishes,
such as rutabagas and hot pineapple (a kind of casserole made
with cheese and crumbled-up Ritz crackers). The two
desserts on the menu that day were both excellent, but the
bread pudding with almond sauce took the prize.
The Canyon Cafe, located in the very upscale Plaza Frontenac
Mall, specializes in Southwest fare. Their grilled veggie
tacos were a group favorite, as was the Sierra Nevada ale
on tap. On her own, Mary Anne had an outstanding tomato
vegetable soup, Greek salad, and freshly baked bread at the
St. Louis Bread Company.
It took us nearly 25 years to get to Lincoln and we hit the
jackpot on our first visit. The Fireworks brew pub in
the Haymarket district proved to be the perfect place to unwind
after our concert. There were some fine brews on tap
and a truly stunning carrot/jalapeno soup that had the whole
table buzzing. Some pretty fine catfish, too.
Spike and Olly's is the place to go for a terrific breakfast.
We recommend that you pass on the hot buffet, which is good
but pretty much standard fare, and go right to the fabulous
array of French pastries that make up the continental breakfast.
All you can eat of fresh croissants, fruit tarts, and scrumptious
pastries for only $3.00! Such a deal! In the same building
we found Sadie's, a comfy tavern serving tasty family style
meals of pan-fried chicken with delicious gravy and vegetables.
After a recent concert at the Albuquerque Academy, we repaired
to Garduno's, a local chain with many outletsi n the area, including
a modest one at the airport. For a chain, they do quite
well: the highlights included a made-fresh-at-the-table
guacamole and a very tasty grilled red snapper.
Way out on the tip of Long Island, the group discovered Hampton
Chutney, an extraordinary establishment that served exquisite
dosas, a kind of crepe-like dish that most Indian restaurants
don't have on their menus. I missed this particular
lunch but kept hearing about it all during the next day from
my gleeful colleagues.
The lucky folks who live in upstate New York have (at last
count) twenty outlets of that fabulous bakery, Montana Mills,
to choose from. We stopped not once, twice, but three
times n the one just west of Elmira, in the little town of
Horsehead. A sampling taable of tempting, freshly-baked
breads awaits you as you enter, and it's hard to choose between
the crusty whole wheat, the cheese-basil loaf, or the cinnamon
swirl. Great sandwiches, and a fine coffee bar as well.
They do a swift mail order business as well. We hope
they go nationwide soon.
Mary Anne owns an apartment on the Upper West Side, so we
often find ourselves prowling around that neighborhood. Amir's is a favorite spot (Broadway above 112th) for terrific falafels,
and a Cuban restaurant, La Rosita de Broadway, between 108th
and 109th, serves the best cafe con leche in the city. If
you're hungry for breakfast fare, try one of their specials--two
eggs served on top of black beans and rice.
Troy, the location of Dorian Recordings, is our home-away-from
-home. DeFazio's pizza was one of the first places to use
a wood-fired oven; we've been going there forever, and it's
still one of our favorite places to visit during a session.
To gear up for a session, we always drop by The Daily Grind at least once a day for their intriguing selection of international
coffees. And to unwind after a session, we always repair to
our favorite pub, Holmes and Watson, with its world class
selection of international beers. West of the city, on Rte.
7 in Latham, we often stop by Ginza for excellent Japanese
and Korean delicacies. Chris and I usually get the "Hae-Do-Bop"
with extra plum sauce.
Laughing Seed is a nationally known vegetarian restaurant,
and it certainly lived up to its reputation in a recent visit.
The hummus sandwiches and the asparagus cream soup were our
favorite items. We passed up the desserts for a trip to the
Old World Café, virtually across the street and up
a flight of stairs. Here, you should try a marzipan pastry
-- although everything in the case looked scrumptious -- and
the outstanding espresso.
The "best ever" stuffed grape leaves, according
Mindy, Mary Anne, and Ronn, can be found at the Acropolis
Cafe, along with delicious spanikopita and Greek Salad.
After an eight-hour drive from Jackson, Mississippi, Mark
and I were more than ready for beer and a catfish, and so
when the hotel receptionist told us about Bubba's Catfish
and Crab Shack, we high-tailed it over there as soon as we
unloaded our gear. The fried catfish was so good that
we returned for lunch the next day. We brought Mary
Anne, who in turn brought Mindy, Ronn, and Jose for a mid-afternoon
Mom's Place is "where the locals eat," according
to their publicity, and it did seem that nearly all of Stillwater
was there one recent Saturday morning. Nonetheless, the service
was excellent, and the food--particularly the biscuits--was
unusually good. Eskimo Joe's is an off-campus burger and beer
joint made famous by its extraordinary merchandising empire:
their T-shirts have achieved a popularity nationally and abroad
second only to the Hard Rock Café's. I enjoyed my pecan-smoked
Bar BQ chicken sandwich and the group ravenously devoured
a plate of cheese fries (endorsed by George Bush, according
to the menu). For great espressos, lattes, and other gourmet
coffee concoctions, stop by Prana, across from the Seretean
Center for the Arts.
Diner on East Broad has wonderful
omelets and inventive sandwiches for lunch. The group has
enjoyed several meals at Nawab, an Indian restaurant on the
south side of town. The Lipkis family dines there at least
once a month: Linda usually gets the vegetable biryani, I
get the lamb saag, Julia (age 15) will happily put down a
bowl of Mulligatawny soup, and Rory (age 11) will consume fistfuls
of spicy crackers. They both love the chicken wings, naturally. Other great ethnic choices on the south side include the Thai Kitchen and the Olive Branch (Middle-eastern). And, of course, there's always the Moravian Cook Shop, located in the historic Moravian Book Shop, with reliably tasty salads and specials.
Mary Anne's sister owns Le Bus in West Philly, but we'd recommend
it anyway, even without the family connection. Great soups
and salads, but they're really famous for their incredible
breads and baked goods. It's been awhile since we've been
to Mariachi in Center City, but the group had a great time
there once, feasting on gourmet Mexican fare and taking in
the incredible show (four guys triple-up as chefs, servers,
and Mariachi musicians).
Ali Baba's, on Craig St., near 5th, serves up a delicious
Syrian repast. The hummus was unusually lemony, and the spinach-lentil
soup was outstanding. Chris raved about his fish platter,
and we all indulged in baklava servings that were lighter
than air. Following the concert, a few of us made it over
to the Church Brew Works, a converted Catholic church which
now functions as a microbrewery. Shiny vats ferment away where
once stood an altar. The brown ale I had was excellent, and
the pizzas, which come out of the wood-burning stoves every
few minutes, were delicious. But speaking of brews,
our new favorite watering hole is the Sharp Edge, on Friendship
near Baum. Twelve Belgian beers and ales on tap, plus
some outstanding entrees (helpfully paired with a recommended
beer by the owner, Sir Jeffrey). You won't be disappointed
by the chicken in Belgian cherry sauce, or the pizza with
smoked salmon, red onion, capers.
The Saber Room is a clubby Italian restaurant with a warm
interior of patterned, velvety wallpaper and oversized glass
chandeliers. The freshly baked, crusty sourdough bread
served with olive oil was a perfect opening to a memorable
dining experience. Salads were generous and tasty.
The salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and the veal parmigiana
proved to be the favorites entrees. We closed with some outstanding,
house-made desserts, including a light but eggy crème
brulée and a sinfully rich chocolate ganache.
Pinkney's is a must stop for us during our nearly- visit to
the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. A group favorite is the black
bean burrito, but don't ignore their delicious fish specials.
Speaking of burritos, there's a tiny hole-in-the-wall establishment
near the College of Charleston called Juanita Greenberg's,
which has outstanding, if less elegant, burritos. Then there's
Lucci's for a quick pasta with a variety of tasty sauces.
And if you're heading out to Folly Beach, a tiny shack called
Anchor Line, located on the right at the far end of James
Island, serves a delicious "shark snack."And for an upscale, delicious plate of steamed mussel in a variety of preparations, try the French Bistro, Cafe Jean.
Not everyone in the group would want to be seen at this place,
but Maurice's Piggy Park makes a mean and mustardy Bar BQ
that lures some of us off the interstate on our way down to
Within a short walk of our Quality Inn in the Haywood district
were two outstanding ethnic restaurants. Almalika serves
healthy Greek fare; standouts were the light and fluffy falafel
balls and the vegetarian moussage; an unusual but tasty presentation
with eggplant and fava beans. Excellent Greek coffee
and baklava rounded out this fine meal. On the other
side of the globe, culinarily-speaking, but just down the
block, is Pho Noodleville, a health-conscious Vietnamese restaurant,
which offers a wide array of delicious appetizers and entrees--all
brimming with fresh vegetables and spices. The spring
rolls were outstanding, as was the fried tofu. But the group
favorite turned out to be the mango and taro root freezes,
which are served in a parfait glass over a generous layer
of large, black, chewy tapioca balls which you suck up through
an oversized straw. (I'm not making this up!)
Who would have thought that tiny Hartsville would provide
two memorable dining experiences? Before our concert, we had
a terrific soul food meal at Josie's, an unpretentious family-run
restaurant off the main drag near downtown. The collard greens,
sweetened yams, and black-eyed peas were all beyond praise,
and the smothered chicken was exceptionally tender and flavorful.
After the concert, a few of us popped into Bizzell's for some
delicious cajon crawfish soup and vegetable marinara.
Whenever we perform at the Shrine to Music Museum, we try
to make it over to Emma's Kitchen for their delicious soups
and sandwiches. I'd particularly recommend the roast turkey
on wheat with homemade cranberry relish.
Mary Anne reports: At 8:30 on a Sunday night, with no vehicular
transportation available, members of the BC registered at
the Days Inn near the Sioux Falls airport found that the only
restaurant other than Burger King within walking distance
was a Perkins Family Restaurant. After having trudged resignedly
up the highway starving and desperate from not having eaten,
in some cases since breakfast that morning, we were imagining
the usual meatloaf, mashed potatoes-out-of-a-box, and iceberg
lettuce and menu. We fantasized about buying a 6-pack for
later at the local convenience mart, when upon being seated
at Perkins we discovered a little laminated tent card in our
booth advertising Perkins' wine list: your choice of merlot,
chardonnay, or blush wine for 2.58 a glass. On top of that,
the menu offered a local fresh water fish special, baked walleye.
An appropriate celebration was had, with BCers not worried
about having to drive back to the motel. The atmosphere was
further enhanced by the generally festive crowd in the packed
restaurant, laced with large families and tables of guys in
camouflage clothing with hunting caps male-bonding after a
weekend of pheasant hunting.
We had two excellent Italian culinary experiences here.
Bella's serves outstanding pizzas with an array of fresh toppings
and sauces. When we found out they even have dessert
pizzas we indulged in a peach one, which was fantastic.
A few members of the group went to Valentino's and came back
praising the vegetarian calzones.
Blackstone's, a brew pub and restaurant near Vanderbilt, turned
out some great pizzas for us, an excellent grilled trout,
and, of course, some choice local libations.
We had a great Tex-Mex pre-concert meal recently at Mi Cocina in North Dallas. Custer's shrimp tacos were outstanding,
as were Chris' veggie fajitas. The spicy salsa made
for unusually snappy tempos that evening.
Gloria's is a 5 restaurant chain in the greater DFW area that specializes in Salvadoran cuisine. You can get regular Tex-Mex fare there, but we recommend going for the more exotic dishes, such as grilled tilapia, or salmon baked iin banana leaves. And those margaritas.....!!!
We were served an outstanding backstage meal before our concert
at Piedmont Virginia Community College: penne with a vegetable
marinara sauce. We scarfed large quantities before the
show, during the intermission, and after the concert as well.
Kudos to the caterer, La Cucina!
Over the course of a long weekend at Seattle Pacific University,
we returned often to Still Life (Mary Anne made it a
record ten times--breakfast, lunch, and dinner). This
is a homey, quasi-vegetarian restaurant off of Fremont, with
excellent soups and salads and incredible, freshly baked desserts.
Practically across the street is an outstanding Thai
restaurant, Jai Thai. I'm told people drive long distances
to come here and it's easy to see why: delicious fried
tofu, spring rolls and steaming bowls of gingery, prawn-filled
Cafe Flora, in the Madison Park neighborhood, is justifiably famous as Seattle's premiere vegetarian restaurant. The polenta with plum sauce--a seasonal special--was outstanding, as were the Oaxaca tacos. Even something as mundane as pizza comes alive in this place.
In this tiny town just north of the Virginia border on I-81,
we found a real gem: Viva Mexico! The stunning décor
features beautiful, hand-carved and painted tables and chairs
in vibrant colors, all with a swan motif. The food, too, is
outstanding: excellent salsa, rellenos and huevos rancheros.
This is the real thing, in a most unlikely locale.
After a concert at the College, we repaired to Norton's, in
nearby Green Lake, and feasted on broiled haddock and scallops
and shrimp over risotto.
To be in Wilton (pop. 476) is like stepping into a Norman
Rockwell print. No stoplights, no fast food franchises,
no franchises of any kind. The place is a throwback
to the peaceful, pastoral, rural America of our collective
imaginations. At the heart of this tiny town is
Gina's Pies Are Squared--a unique establishment run by the
friendly, energetic and indefatigable Gina Rae. The
place is a combination of a pizza parlor, antique shop, and
concert venue, and Gina serves up scrumptious pizzas and fruit
pies which are, well, square. Her cheese and potato
soup was also outstanding, and she stocks a fine selection
of local beers.
Two restaurants were standouts for us during a recent visit. Gmoa Keller, right across the street from the Konzerthaus,
serves delectable echt Austrian specialties such as veal goulash,
schnitzels, and spaetzle. In the shadow of St. Stephan's
is the vegetarian/gourmet restaurant, Wrenk's, which delighted
the discriminating palates of our most ardent vegetarians
with creative tofu concoctions.
The Historische Wurstkuche is nothing more than a tiny stone kitchen with a patio right on the Danube, but it's been around since the 12th century, so they must be doing something right. What they are doing right are their delectable finger-sized sausages, experly grilled and served with crusty brown bread. This is a must-stop and favorite photo op whenever we're in town for the Tage Alte Musik Festival.
Our generous hosts at Art Spring treated us to a memorable
post-concert, pre-dinner snack at the Oystercatcher before
we had to get back on the ferry to Victoria. The crusty,
salty bread--accompanied by butter served in an oyster shell--was
sensational enough to warrant a website mention, but more
treats were in store when appetizers arrived: delicious clam
chowder ("best ever"--Mark), goat cheese roasted
garlic, and cranberry-corn chutney served with warm pita,
adn delectable shrimp tempura with a spicy dipping sauce.
The Movenpick is a must stop for us whenever we're in town
for a CBC concert. The concept is unique and fun: you grab
a tray and rove about a dozen or so serving stations which
dish out fresh pastas, grilled fish, crepes, lots of other
entree items, and scrumptious desserts. It's all so tempting,
you want to try everything, but it can add up to a pretty
penny (Canadian) if you're not careful!
Bartholomew's Bar and Grille, in the basement of the Executive
House Hotel downtown, serves up some excellent local brews
and one the finest veggie pizzas we've ever tasted.
John's Place on Pandora is a transplanted Northern California-style diner, with amazing cornbread, Egg Benedict creations, and outstanding cornmeal pancakes. The place is always mobbed, so leave plenty of time.
When we perform at colleges and universities and need to
grab a quick bite right before the concert, we usually head
over to the student union. And when we stay overnight
on campus, we often join the students for breakfast (if we
get up in time). Here are some collegiate dining experiences
that we've enjoyed recently. We don't necessarily recommend
that you make a major detour to eat at these places, but if
you happen to find yourself on campus, by all means partake.
A great salad bar, waffle bar, sundae bar, and coffee bar.
These kids are definitely well looked-after, gastronomically.
The vegan-trained chef made a delicious salmon in bourbon sauce while we were there, along with many tempting alternative entrees and side dishes.
A huge variety of delicious entrees, an impressive salad bar,
freshly baked breads, and a scrumptious blackberry cobbler.
Freshly made stir-fry and --during the week we were there--unusually
tasty French cuisine.
Excellent chicken dumplings, stir-fry, and dessert crepes
Great waffle bar and pizza/pasta selections
Delicious and copious breakfasts, including made-to-order
A terrific juice bar that also served tasty, healthful sandwiches
They warned us that the offerings would be slim due to Lent,
but we had no complaints: the veggie gumbo and kale were outstanding.
For dessert, the group polished off an entire tray
of unusually tasty Rice Krispy treats.
Great fried chicken and excellent salad bar.
The students in MacMahon Hall get to eat every day at "8,"
one of eight dorm eateries on campus. If they're all
this good, these are the luckiest college kids on the planet.
Dinner entrees included pasta with mussels in a marinara sauce,
lamb with orzo, Mongolian hot pot, etc. Dorm food was
never like this when we were in college!
Who would have guessed there'd be fresh sushi in the student