Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Best Restaurants Featuring Authentic Cuisine in Chimayo, NM

Chimayó has got to be one of the most authentically unique communities in the USA. What other town can boast its own heirloom chile pepper, its own healing sanctuary that’s been designated a National Historical Landmark, and its own craft traditions of weaving, tin-smithing, and woodcarving? It comes as no surprise that Chimayó also has some of the most authentic New Mexican restaurants in the country. Here are just a few of the most popular.

Rancho de Chimayó
For the past 50 years the Rancho de Chimayó has been delighting its customers with dishes that are locally sourced and inspired. Owner and manager Florence Jaramillo has garnered a number of prestigious awards for excellence, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Restaurant Association. Rancho de Chimayó is open for lunch and dinner, and offers vegetarian options along with a wine list of local favorites. To start out, try the fried stuff jalapeño peppers, followed perhaps by the colorful blue corn enchiladas with a prickly pear margarita.

Leona’s Restaurante de Chimayó
Devout visitors flock to the Holy Shrine of Santuario de Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas; it’s one of the holiest places in the USA. Next to the shrine is a huge catalpa tree the trunk of which grows literally through Leona’s Restaurante. The place may be small, but it makes up for size with its extraordinarily delicious and refreshing cuisine. Leona’s is particularly known for its authentic tamales, but there are plenty of other selections too: frito pies, burritos and other snacks, and deliciously fresh baked goods. Leona’s Restaurante is perfectly located for refreshing tired visitors to El Santuario, but well deserves a visit in its own right. It’s open Thursday through Monday, from ten to five.

El Paragua
To reach El Paragua, you’ll need to drive about 9 miles toward Espanola, just west from Chimayó. But the trip is definitely worth it. El Paragua has been serving authentic New Mexican cuisine since 1966. Given rave reviews in magazines such as Gourmet, owners Luis and Frances Atnecio have created a leisurely but elegant ambience that provides the perfect setting for their excellent cuisine. There are lunch and dinner menus, with vegetarian options on each. Start out your dinner with carnitas, sirloins cubes with salsa, followed by Camarones Borrachos (“drunk shrimp”), shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico fried in a beer batter. The dessert menu is extraordinary: the homemade Mexican flan will top off any meal in excellent fashion. El Paragua’s dinner menu also features a huge selection of items for children, so bring the whole family to try their authentic and delicious cuisine.

This post is a guest contribution from Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast, an inn in Chimayo, NM.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

5 Great Restaurants and Bars in Tishomingo, OK

Rich in Native American history, Tishomingo, Oklahoma was named after a Chickasaw chief who contracted smallpox and passed away on the trail of tears, a national historic trail near the town. Local bars and restaurants reflect the rich heritage and southern hospitality of Oklahoma. Five of the best restaurants and bars in Tishomingo, Oklahoma are:

1. The Boomarang Diner - Known for its specialties of sandwiches, including the Barbecue pork sandwich, this restaurant features American cuisine like burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, pastries, desserts, and delicious breakfast menu items served all day. The Boomarang Diner was named Oklahoma's Restaurant of the Year in 2015. This restaurant likes to say that their best advertising comes from word of mouth from satisfied customers.

2. Fish Tales Restaurant - This buffet style restaurant has earned a stellar reputation for its local favorites like catfish, ribs, chicken, brisket, fries, hush puppies, fried okra and potato salad. Diners can top this off with ice cream or a serving of the Fish Tales famous peach cobbler. The restaurant itself is interesting due to its unique metal building in the shape of a barrel. Exaggerated or true fish tales are welcome to be told here.

3. Blue River Ribs - This barbecue restaurant serves traditional Oklahoma favorites like slow cooked barbecue featuring the best tasting meats, fries made fresh, hamburgers from fresh beef and nice touches like free pieces of birthday cake served on diner's birthdays. Blue River Ribs is renowned for its clean restaurant atmosphere and friendly ambiance.

4. The Ponderosa Bar at the Pink Pistol - Perhaps one of Tishomingo's most famous local landmarks is the Pink Pistol, owned by country music singer and songwriter Miranda Lambert. A quaint boutique styled shop, the Pink Pistol is a main attraction. Behind the shop, however, is the famous patio styled Ponderosa bar serving delectable cocktails, beer and other assorted drink offerings served in souvenir cups in a friendly, down home atmosphere. Visitors love the shopping, along with interesting photo opportunities. Along with The Ponderosa Bar, Lambert also owns The Ladysmith, a Tishomingo bed and breakfast.

5. Gonzalez Mexican Restaurant - A delightful Mexican restaurant recommended by locals. It features delicious food offerings including slow cooked pork served on a plate or used as a taco filling, enchiladas, tacos, burritos, fajitas, tamales, crisp green salad, fresh made chips and salsa and homemade guacamole served on the side. Another recommended dish is the homemade specialty tortilla soup. It's a clean establishment serving excellent food.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Best Restaurants in Egg Harbor, WI

Are you planning a trip to Egg Harbor, Wisconsin? You'll most likely need a bite to eat while you're there! Let's review five restaurants you won't want to miss.

1) Village Cafe
Village Cafe provides the perfect moment to experience the charm of Egg Harbor. Breakfast and lunch items on the menu are reminiscent of a farmhouse meal. In the mood for breakfast at noon? You've come to the right place because breakfast at Village Cafe is served all day! Remember to order a drink from their beer or wine list. Explore their website at www.villagecafe-doorcounty.com.

2) Parador Tapas & Sangria
Unite with friends over delicate delights and savory treats. Dishes are meticulously prepared with an eclectic array of vegetables, cheeses, meats, sauces, and more. Enjoy deserts, such as the chocolate bomba or the rice pudding. Sip on a glass of their famous sangria as you unwind and take a moment to appreciate the peaceful ambiance of Parador. Visit Parador online at www.paradorwisconsin.com.

3) Shipwrecked Brew Pub
Stop by the historic brewery and inn located in downtown Egg Harbor. Stories of ghosts haunt the halls, but don't let that stop you from tasting one of their numerous hand-crafted beers. Pair your beer with an all-American plate, like the Loaded French Fries, the Red Beard Reuben, or the Southern Fried Chicken Tenders. Looking for a room for the night? The Shipwrecked Brew Pub has eight rooms available for accommodation. Visit www.shipwreckedmicrobrew.com for more details!

4) Casey's BBQ & Smokehouse
Nothing beats a slow cooked brisket! Make your selection from a number of items including a pulled pork sandwich, BBQ baby back ribs, smoked beef brisket, and so much more. For a meal on the lighter side, take a peek at their soup of the day offering or one of their many salads. If you're looking for that laid-back experience, then look no further. Check out Casey's BBQ & Smokehouse at www.caseybbqandsmokehouse.com.

5) The Harbor View Grill
American cooking meets seafood cuisine! Stop by The Harbor View Grill for a fresh platter of Lake Michigan Whitefish Tacos or Grilled Garlic Shrimp. Enjoy your choice of lunch or dinner on their rooftop overlooking the marina. Fresh ingredients are used which ensures you receive a delectable meal each and every time. Let the fresh breeze surround you when you visit The Harbor View Grill. More information can be found at www.theharborviewgrill.com.

This blog post is a guest contribution from The Ashbrooke, an adults-only resort and bed and breakfast in Egg Harbor, WI.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Best Restaurants in Bayfield, Wisconsin

Located in northern Wisconsin on Lake Superior near Madelaine Island and the Apostle Islands, Bayfield, Wisconsin is a delightful town that attracts many visitors. Filled with parks, tourist attractions, outdoor activities, and shopping opportunities, it's also got some truly great restaurants that reflect the flavors of the Lake and the warm hospitality of the region. Here are three of Bayfield's best restaurants.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Where to Find the Best Sea Food in Boothbay Harbor

This post was contributed by Topside Inn, a Boothbay Harbor bed and breakfast.
If there’s one thing Boothbay Harbor, Maine is known for, it’s the seafood. The tourist destination has been a fishing center since the mid-1800s. Local seafood markets can be spotted up and down the streets of Boothbay Harbor and locals and tourists alike can enjoy fresh seafood at one of the many local restaurants.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Best Restaurants in Chimney Rock, NC

Some of the best restaurants in Chimney Rock, North Carolina are Medina's Village Bistro, Tia B's, the Old Rock Cafe, Coffee on the Rocks and the Riverwatch Deli and Grill. Diners gave most of these restaurants at least four out of five stars.

Medina's Village Bistro, found on 430 Main Street, offers rib-sticking fare such as mac and cheese, prime rib sandwiches, tuna salad and shrimp stuffed with crabmeat. It also serves such mouthwatering meals as grilled cheese and kale sandwiches and white bean soup, and their Philly hoagie has just about everything as a topping for the ham and salami. Medina's has private parking and bicycle parking, is great for kids and groups and has outdoor seating. The price on most items is moderate.

Tia B's is a Mexican restaurant on 447 Main Street. Though it says it's a vegetarian restaurant, it does offer chicken on the menu. Diners who loved it commented on the freshness of the food, including fresh tortillas and queso fresco. They also liked the view of rushing water from the patio, which added to the restaurant's ambiance. Though the menu is small, and the servings may be smaller than some diners like, people did rave about the burritos, green chicken and chicken enchiladas, taco salad and the tomatillo salsa. Like Medina's, it is good for groups and for kids and the price is downright cheap. Tia B's doesn't seem to have a website, but the number is (828) 625-9990.

The Old Rock Cafe is found at the entrance to Chimney Rock State Park at 431 Main Street. A great lunch place, it offers Reuben sandwiches, burgers made of tender, highest quality beef and chips. The chili is also satisfying, and like Tia B's it has outdoor seating with a view of the river.

Coffee on the Rocks at 435 Main Street is a sweet little place that specializes in all manner of coffee including fresh roasted and espresso, iced, lattes and frappes. They also serve hot chocolate, tea and fruit smoothies. The fruit smoothies include mango, strawberry bananas and peach. A stellar breakfast place, they accompany these thirst-quenching drinks with cinnamon rolls, bagels, apple fritters and other tasties. It is a must for folks who've just come back from hiking through the park.

The Riverwatch Deli and Grill at 379 Main Street gives a view not only of the river but of Chimney Rock itself. Besides this, it is unique among the other mentioned restaurants in that it has a full bar, and gets high marks for its artisanal beer. Diners also appreciated the large hamburgers, potato salad, fried pickles, Boarshead deli meat sandwiches and something called "boom boom" sauce. At least one group was given heat lamps so they could sit on the roof deck in comfort.

About the Author: Dave is a guest contributor from The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant located in Chimney Rock, NC.