Restaurants: Other Places

My finds outside the SF Bay Area.


San Luis Obispo

  • Buona Tavola 1037 Monterey, has an excellent atmosphere and a fantastic menu. They catered sooo well to Rick's son Neal. While we ate trendy pasta they fixed him up "just spaghetti with plain tomato sauce please." Good guys. 805.545.8000
  • Gigi's Cafe, 969 Monterey has weird interior. Very trendy looking, but the food is still good. 805.544.5888
  • Bistro le Fandango 717 Higuera. Fantastic Basque food. My friends from France said this was the best cassoulet they've ever had.

Laguna Beach

  • Partners, Exceptionally good food. Fantastic. Did I say it was fantastic? Afterwards get a truffle next door and some gelato next to that place.
  • Aegean Cafe, 540 South Coast Highway has very authentic Greek food. 949.494.5001


Las Vegas


  • The Tillerman. Unknown to many, this place knows meat. (702) 731-4036

San Diego


  • Crab Catcher in La Jolla- Fresh seafood presented in some awesome dishes. 1298 Prospect Street 858-454-9587.


  • Island Boy Grille in Sorrento Mesa. An incredible island feast. Kailua Pig every day, Lomi Salmon too.  I really liked the Maui Ribs as well.   A little joint, but worth finding it. 452.7708

Whistler, B.C.




  • The French Laundry in St. Helena.  My God, what an incredible meal!
  • Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena.  Go early enough for the tour of the class "rooms".

Santa Barbara

  • Cafe Buenos Aires offers outdoor seating on State Street AND they had feijoada when we were there.

Georgetown, Colorado

  • Chris Cakes Bakery - 1400 Argentine.  303.569.3665  Just the best place to stop for a break.

Ames, Iowa

  • Cafe Northwest - 114 South Duff.  (515) 232-5328    Very nice dining. We tried the fried pickles - good if you're adventurous. Both spanikopita and the pork chop were excellent.