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Aureole, Las Vegas

Aureole is located in the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and offers a stunning setting in which to enjoy stunning American cuisine. The seasonal menu offers prix fixe and tasting options, showcasing the best produce, meat, and fish available. Here dining is art, and the four-story, climate-controlled, wine tower housing over 9,000 bottles, is a masterpiece in its own right. Be sure to catch the “wine angels,” black-clad wine stewardesses who are hoisted up and down the tower to retrieve bottles each evening.

The restaurant’s main goal is to prepare quality, local ingredients in a bold, American style and maintain a reputation as one of the greatest wine restaurants in the world and the very best Las Vegas restaurant. Wine is integral at Aureole’s. The restaurant has a 3,000-selection list that’s been lauded with Wine Spectator’s Grand Award every year since 2000. Mandalay Bay Director of Wine Harley Carbery oversees the list and consistently rotates it to keep selections new and exciting for guests. There is also a rotating by-the-glass list of 50 wines that features two suggested pairings for each of the 24 dishes on the restaurant’s menu.

This unique menu format provides the option to try multiple wines throughout the dinner experience and takes the guesswork out of creating the ideal pairing. A wine table located adjacent to the host stand now displays the full inventory of the evening’s by-the-glass offerings. The wine team pours and tags each glass denoting the producer, variety, and vintage before they are presented tableside.

Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation, WA

Have you ever wanted to see what eating dinner was like in medival times? Camlann Medieval Village is the place for you! Located in Carnation Washington, Camlann Medieval Village features in-character interpreters who have taken on roles of medieval persons living in a small village in the year 1376.  Camlann is dedicated to offering the public powerful personal experiences of history, including multiple learning and performing arts opportunities, built upon research of rural communities in 14th century England, to provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between those historical events and western society today.

Camlann’s restaurant is designed as a 14th century village inn where you may relax in a country setting, enjoy the genuine warmth of your server, savor the hearty food, and give yourself over to the music and stories of the minstrels.  The Bors Hede Inne, the Northwest’s most unique dining experience, where you may enjoy the best medieval dinner-theatre presentation.

Camlann’s Medieval Village offers an appreciation of authentic architecture, food, clothing, and a variety of demonstrations that allow visitors to experience medieval times. Sumptuous platters of fresh food, prepared from authentic 14th century recipes, are brought before you.  Sight, smell, taste, and touch are brought into play as your fingers, spoon, and borde knyfe dip into uniquely sauced entrees, served on platters, to be eaten from your bread trencher (plate).  Fine wine, mead, ale or juice is served in earthen pitchers for your drinking mazer (coffee, tea and soda pop are unknown in these times).

 

Dining in Denver, Colorado

Elway’s Downtown

If you enjoy steak and football, then the Denver dining place for you is Elway’s Downtown in The Ritz-Carlton on Curtis Street. Named after the famed Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, this steakhouse offers you some of the best cuts of beef the city of Denver has to offer.   Providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner service, join them and enjoy steak tacos, bison burgers, prime rib sandwiches, and steak wraps. If you don’t eat red meat, they have veggie wraps and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes. Reservations are accepted and can be performed online at their website.

Barolo  

For a good Italian Denver eatery with an excellent, long wine list, then come to Barolo Restaurant on 6th Avenue. They have over 1000 choices of wine. Here, you can enjoy fine dining at its best. Relax with a bottle of vintage and enjoy such entrees like house made potato gnocchi with mushrooms & fontina cheese, lobster crepes, and oven baked halibut with wild rice. They also have a five-course taste menu created with the chef’s personal choices.   Some of his creations are grilled lamb chops with roasted artichokes and mushrooms stuffed with mascarpone & prosciutto.

Jerusalem

If you are out late at night and want a bite to eat, the Denver restaurant to find is Jerusalem Restaurant on East Evans. It is open Sunday through Thursday until 4 a.m. and all day Friday and Saturday.   This Middle Eastern diner has the best gyros in town. Other great choices are the chicken kabob and shawarmah. Vegans will truly enjoy dining here at Jerusalem Restaurant with all of the delicious and affordable entrees to select from. A few good and popular ones are the baba-ghanouj, hommoss, fouel, stuffed grape leaves, and tabbouleh. Of course, they serve falafel. For prices and menu, go to jerusalemrestaurant.com.

Columbia, SC Dining

Baan Sawan Thai Bistro

For a distinct Thai dining experience, come to Baan Sawan Thai Bistro. This Columbia eatery provides dine-in or take-out, but take-out is only available up to 8 p.m. They also have beer and wine by the glass. You can enjoy such entrees like tofu soup, calamari, seafood curry, three flavored duck, garlic and pepper sirloin, pad ginger chicken, green or red curry fish, curry tofu, shrimp spicy noodles, grilled shrimp, creamy hot and sour soup, and crispy chicken spring roll. To see Baan Sawan’s blog, look at baansawan.blogspot.com. There is a Facebook page too.

Blue Martini

If you are looking to relax with some a glass of wine, some good southern food, and some relaxing jazz music, then the Columbia restaurant to be at is Blue Martini. Sitting at 808 Lady Street in the Congaree Vista District, you can enjoy lunch favorites like shrimp & grits, tilapia & collards, seafood gumbo, shrimp creole, portabella mushroom ravioli, salt & pepper catfish, grilled chicken BLT, and fried green tomatoes. Dinner service provides pan seared scallops, tuna tartare, pecan crusted calamari, and grilled teriyaki salmon. Make room for desserts such as peach praline cobbler, key lime pie, and crème brulee cheesecake.

Doc’s Barbeque & Southern Buffet

A BBQ buffet is a good deal, and Doc’s Barbeque & Southern Buffet on Shop Road is just that. This is the Columbia eatery in which you can eat all the catfish, barbeque ribs, wings, and fried chicken you want. You can pile up on side dishes too such as black-eyed peas, collard greens, macaroni & cheese, and potato salad. If you save room for dessert, eat the homemade banana pudding. An interesting fact is that Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has dine at Doc’s and there is a picture of her there on their website (docsbarbeque.com).

Cincinnati, Ohio Dining

Bootsy’s

Remember 70’s Funkadelic? If so, then you can’t miss the opportunity to eat at Bootsy’s. This Cincinnati dining establishment is named after Funkmaster Bootsy Collins. You can enjoy a good meal while hearing some cool music. The menu provides entrees with a Latin flavor such as caesar espanola salad, potatoes espana, chorizos, duck tacos, frijoles negros, margarita flatbread, tuna atun, filet mignon of pork cerdo, pulled cuban short ribs, mussels & beer, and braised pork belly. The restaurant is open for lunch service too and feature seafood paella, manchego ravioli, kobe skirt steak, and breaded flounder filet.

The Celestial

For a great steakhouse, make the move and eat at The Celestial. This is the only Cincinnati restaurant to be given “four stars” and “four diamonds.” You can enjoy appetizers such as foie gras, crab cake sliders, baked oysters, shrimp gnocchi, and bay scallops. Main course choices are beef short ribs, veal strip loin, grilled swordfish steak, cajun tilapia, Chilean sea bass, and lobster saltimbocca.   The steaks come in many cuts and varieties. You can pick from filet mignon, sirloin with shrimp scampi, NY strip, Kansas City strip, rib-eye, and porterhouse. Reservations are recommended and can be done online at thecelestial.com.

Campanello’s

In the mood for Italian? Then go to Campanello’s Restaurant on Central Ave. This Cincinnati restaurant provides lunch and dinner service, as well as Sunday brunch. Stop by to take pleasure in dishes like anitpasto salad, spaghetti with Italian sausage, homemade lasagna, cheese ravioli, and manicotti. American foods are available also. Examples are hoagies that are in several choices like meatball, Italian, steak, roast beef, and tuna. Hot plates of swiss steak or top round beef come with mashed potatoes, vegetable, and Italian bread. Reservations can be done online, but they must be made four days in advance. The website is campanellos.com.

More Cheyenne, WY Dining

Silver Mine Subs

Excellent subs in Cheyenne can be bought at Silver Mine Subs on Greeley Highway. This Cheyenne eatery has sandwiches in box lunches for individuals or family size. Popular menu items are Georgetown (turkey breast, bacon, provolone, avocado, ranch, lettuce, tomato), Cripple Creek (chicken breast, bacon, provolone, lettuce, tomato, ranch), Silver City (salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, oil, vinegar, onion, oregano, lettuce, tomato, mayo), and Homestake (philly cheesesteak with onions and green peppers, provolone, lettuce, tomato).   For those watching their diet, there are many subs available with six grams of fat or less as well as veggie subs.

The Albany

For a great All-American Cheyenne eatery, don’t miss The Albany on Capitol Ave. You can enjoy such treats like jalapeno poppers, mozzarella cheese sticks, fried mushrooms, fried zucchini, nachos with the works, chicken tenders, and beer-battered onion rings. Common entrees such as cheeseburgers, bacon burgers, veggie burgers, prime rib sandwich, rueben, patty melt, club house, fish & chips, chili hot dog, corned beef, burritos, red & green chili, cobb salad, shrimp salad, and a hot turkey or hot beef open face sandwich. The Albany also provides many types of beer and has a liquormart too.

The Egg & I

If you want a good and well-cooked breakfast, a Cheyenne eatery to go to is The Egg & I on Carey Ave. You can look forward to starting your day with turkey sausage & eggs, Mediterranean crepe eggs, eggs petite, huevos rancheros, Mexican omelets, spinach & crab omelets, Greek frittata, and breakfast sandwiches.   There are also many breakfast skillets in such varieties as Mexican, cordon bleu, athena, nantucket, Wisconsin, and Colorado jack. If you don’t like eggs, they offer pancakes, french toast, waffles, and oatmeal.   Lunch is served here too: turkey sandwiches, ruebens, cheeseburger, wraps, melts, salads, and soups.

Cheyenne, WY Dining

Texas Roadhouse

If you are traveling with your family, a Cheyenne restaurant to eat at is Texas Roadhouse. This western steakhouse has a little for everyone. To begin, try the grilled shrimp, onion cactus blossom, tater skins, cheese fries, and rattlesnack bites. Steaks comes in many cuts like ribeye, t-bone, sirloin, filet medallions, kabobs, and prime rib. You can order from six ounces to 16 ounces. Ribs, burgers, sandwiches, and salads are available too. The kids’ menu have such entrees as ribs, mini-cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sirloin steaks, chicken critters, macaroni & cheese, steak fries, baked beans, fresh vegetables, and applesauce.

Bread Basket Bakery

For freshly baked goods, the Cheyenne restaurant to go to is Bread Basket Bakery on Maxwell Ave. Come in early in the morning when it opens at 6 a.m. to buy cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes, muffins, quick breads, scones, or a loaf of fresh bread in many choices like jalapeno cheddar, cranberry orange, and sunflower wheat. They have a lunch menu too with such items as chicken salad sandwiches, cabbage burgers, homemade soups, and bow-tie pasta salad. Make room for desserts like pies, cookies, brownies, turnovers, and pound cakes. For hours, prices, and directions, go to their website at breadbasketbakery.com.

China Wok

You will find great Chinese food at a Cheyenne restaurant named China Wok in the Eastwood Shopping Center. You can enjoy one of their lunch specials of either chop suey or chow mein. Other entres are fried shrimp, Szechuan style shredded pork and pepper, pineapple chicken, Cantonese low mein, barbequed ribs, Chinese vegetable soup, Mongolian chicken, moo goo gai pan, roasted pork with vegetables, and pork, ham, and shrimp combination fried rice. There is a vegetarian menu too. Enjoy one of their cocktails, wine, or beer with your entree. For a complete menu and hours, visit chinawokky.com.

Dining Around Burlington, Vermont

Trattoria Delia

For great Italian food, a Burlington restaurant to be at is Trattoria Delia in the downtown area.   Using the finest imported ingredients and locally grown produce, it provides the best in Italian cuisine.   You can start your dinner with calamari in tomato sauce, bruschetta, beef carpaccio, duck confit, or sautéed snails. Also on the menu is spaghetti with mussels, clams & shrimp, rigatoni with veal and sausage, potato gnocchi, veal scallopine, chicken with lemon, olive oil, and herbs, lamb chops, or filet mignon. Make room for dessert so that you can eat tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate espresso cake, or gelato.

M.T. Bellies Deli

For great homemade foods, come to M.T. Bellies Deli at Dorset Street Beverage on Dorset Street in South Burlington. This Burlington eatery is not only a convenient store with wine and beer, but also a full-service deli. You can have a sub with choices like roasted turkey with bacon, pastrami, roast beef, capicola, vegetarian, buffalo chicken salad, cranberry walnut chicken salad, meatball, and ham. Your bread choices are pumpernickel, sourdough, 8 grain, onion bagels, garlic & herb wraps, and wheat sub. Salads are mac & tuna, potato, bacon & cheddar, 4 bean, cucumber, fresh fruit, and cheese tortellini.

A Single Pebble

There are several good Burlington restaurants to pick from when you want Chinese cuisine. One in particular is A Single Pebble on Bank Street. There is a dish here for everyone, including vegans. Enjoy a some Peking duck, chicken dumplings with spicy sesame sauce, barbecue pork, spring rolls, garlic broccoli, eggplant, fried rice, shrimp pad thai, lo mein, spicy sesame shrimp noodle, pork cellophane noodles, wheat noodles, tofu noodles, cold sesame noodles, tangerine chicken, lemon chicken, kung-po dishes, lemon sesame shrimp, black bean salmon, three pepper scallops, and sesame catfish. Reservations are recommended and can be performed online at asinglepebble.com.

Boise, Idaho Dining

Mai Thai

For great Thai food, a Boise restaurant to check out is Mai Thai on Idaho Street. Come for the happy hour which happens Monday-Friday 5 to 6:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 9-10 p.m. The drinks and bar food is inexpensive and the ambiance is classy and relaxed. The food here is amazing and the service is always remarkable. You can dine on thai spring roll, shrimp patties, Asian chicken in a lettuce wrap, lemongrass shrimp, and organic chicken balsamic salad. Reservations are accepted and can be done online at their website, maithaigroup.com/maithai_boise.

Siam Thai

Another good Boise restaurant for Thai cooking is Siam Thai on Boise Avenue. The good deals here are the lunch specials which are available weekdays between 11-3 p.m. Each entree comes with rice, fried or steamed, or soup. You can pick to have your entree with beef, chicken, tofu, pork, or BBQ pork. Entrees available for lunch are chow mein, sweet and sour, kung pao, mongolian special, cashew special, almond special, garlic special, snow white special, pad thai, pad prik pao, spicy mandarian, green curry special, pad phet hoi, pad woosen, and red curry special.

Bardenay

For a nice and fun dining place in Boise to hang out and have a good time with friends is Bardenay in downtown Boise. This is the restaurant to have a tasty cocktail and some delicious food. You can relax with many different kinds of martinis and drinks, while eating such appetizers like seared ahi tuna, spicy Asian plum-glazed wings, calamari, clams Portuguese, fish tacos, smoked trout spread, thai salmon cakes, satays, and chili & citrus marinated shrimp. Dinner entrees are rum pepper steak, wild turkey bourbon pork chops, spaghetti puttanesca, and bacon wrapped beef tenderloin. For more information, and a look at the brunch menu, check out their website, bardenay.com.

Bon Apetit in Boise!

More Birmingham, Alabama Dining

The Fish Market

If you enjoy seafood, a Birmingham eatery you should be at is The Fish Market on 22nd Street. The fish is fresh and the portions are large.   You can pick either grilled or fried halibut, snapper, catfish, rainbow trout, frog legs, and flounder. Shrimp lovers can enjoy grilled or fried shrimp, shrimp/crabmeat salad, coconut shrimp, or shrimp kabob. Other fish provided is scallops, alligator, crawfish, and oysters. Sides dishes are fries, Greek-style home fries, fried pickles, lemon-butter pasta, and steamed broccoli. There is usually a crowd here, so if you are doing dinner & a movie, keep this in mind.

ALS Deli and Grill

If you are looking for a 24-hour Birmingham restaurant, seven days a week, then go to ALS Deli and Grill at South 10th Avenue, near UAB. Serving Greek and American fare, this place provides burgers and gyros.   Other dishes to pick from are the falafel plate, greek salad, bbq chicken stuffed baked potato, vegetarian omelet, breakfast sandwiches, shrimp kabob, turkey melt pita roll-up, mahi-mahi sandwich, and chicken fingers. There are daily specials and lunch specials too. For prices and directions, go to their website: alsdeliandgrill.com.

Ocean

For a magnificent and elegant fine dining experience, the place to be is Ocean on 20th Street South. This contemporary Birmingham fine dining establishment was voted best restaurant, best chef, and was given four stars by the Birmingham News. You can enjoy fresh seafood from around the world in such dishes as oysters, peel & eat spicy shrimp, sushi, tuna tartar, crab cakes, poached lobster chop salad, lobster pot pie, grilled salmon, and an entree called “James Brown Soul Roll,” which contains tempura fried Alaskan king crab, jalapeno, cream cheese, carrots, and cucumbers. Online reservations can be at their website, oceanbirmingham.com. This is a little more pricey than your usual Birmingham restaurant, but it is well worth it.