Food & Travel

My husband and I have a special talent, a 6th sense, if you will, for finding the most delicious & unique restaurants wherever we travel — this is where food freedom and the 80/20 rules comes in handy (see the About Me section). We are self-proclaimed foodies so if you need recommendations for where to eat and drink, we got you!

Disclaimer: These restaurants & bars are not recommended based on level of “healthy” but rather because they’re unique and have amazing food and/or drinks. You can find healthy options at any restaurant — this is up to your discretion. But seriously, live a little!

  • Annapolis, Maryland
    • Ram’s Head Tavern – check out their event calendar for live music.
    • Cantler’s Riverside Inn – order steamed crabs by the pound and go to town.
    • Miss Shirleys Cafe – American brunch spot.
    • Giolitti Delicatessen – authentic Italian sandwich deli and market.
  • Auburn, Alabama
    • The Hound – highly recommended! You cannot go wrong! Make reservations or show up early to avoid a wait.
    • Acre – great for special occasions.
    • The Depot – also great for special occasions.
    • Amsterdam Cafe – if only for the crab cakes!
    • Pannie-George’s – reserved for hang overs, this place will hit the spot.
    • Hamiltons – must try the lobster bisque.
    • Niffer’s – an Auburn tradition. Get the corn nuggets and thank me later.
  • Birmingham, Alabama
    • El Barrio – Seasonal guac & spicy margs!
    • Red Pearl – featured on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Check it out if you’re into authentic Asian food.
    • Collins Bar – tell them what kind of drinks you like and they’ll craft you a custom cocktail.
    • Saw’s Soul Kitchen – if you’re in Avondale, must get the Pork N’ Greens.
    • The Fig Tree – a true hidden gem.
    • Carrigan’s Public House – great for a night out with friends.
    • Five Point Public House Oyster Bar – a must for small plates.
    • Highlands Bar & Grill – need I say more?
    • Cedar House Cafeteria – feels like you’re at Grandma’s and the BEST PECAN PIE.
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
    • Flying Squirrel – where the young professionals go for after-work cocktails
    • Maple Street Biscuit Company – don’t ask me why, but be thinking about what you would name your pet dragon…
    • Beast & Barrel – a meat lover’s dream.
    • Bitter Alibi – unique brunch spot.
    • STIR – great for happy hour.
    • Brewhaus – great view and great beer!
    • Alleia – for your Italian fix.
    • Main Street Meats – a restaurant but also a high quality butcher.
    • Imbibe – super cool package store.
    • Easy Bistro & Bar – cute sidewalk bistro, perfect for date night.
  • Denver, Colorado
    • Mercantile Dining & Provision (Union Station) – for the meats & cheeses.
    • Butcher’s Bistro – meat lover’s paradise.
    • Blue Moon Brewery – seriously this place will blow your mind! It’s huge and who knew Blue Moon had such an extensive line of beers?
    • Rioja – a nicer Spanish restaurant, great for date night.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Luke – French & German eats with the freshest seafood.
    • Meril – Emeril’s tapas spot.
    • Peche – sit at the bar and enjoy fresh oysters and craft cocktails.
    • Maypop – get you dim sum.
    • Carousel Bar – ITS AN ACTUAL SPINNING CAROUSEL!
  • Orange Beach, Alabama
    • Cobalt – water front dining… watch for dolphins!
    • Fisher’s Upstairs – extensive wine menu with a beautiful view of the marina.
    • The Gulf – literally in the sand, perfect hang out spot.
    • Gulf Shores Steamer – steamed shrimp, crab legs, crab claws, oysters, mussels… you name it.
    • FloraBama Yacht Club – don’t let the fancy name fool you. Spend $25 and get free cover at the FloraBama Bar across the street!
    • Playa – a lovely attachment to Sportsman’s Marina. Get the guac!
  • Pensacola, Florida
    • Restaurant Iron – tell them it is your birthday or anniversary and they’ll print you a custom menu!
    • Union Public House – hipster vibe with a unique menu and craft cocktails.
    • Fish House – Brunch. Pro tip: make sure you don’t have anything planned afterwards that requires you to be sober.
    • Global Grill – tapas from all over the world.
    • George Bistro + Bar – love their brunch!
    • Hub Stacey’s – our beloved hole in the wall bar <3 (make sure you go to the one in Perdido).
  • San Diego, California
    • Wonderland – if you want a true taste of the Cali life.
    • Prado – lovely place in the middle of Balboa Park.
    • Ironside Fish & Oyster – seafood in the heart of Little Italy.
    • George’s at the Cove (La Jolla) – breathtaking views!!