Dining Out of Town

I mean we all go out of town sometimes. And we need to find a place to eat. I leave town on a regular basis, mostly for pleasure, and I always find great places to eat, because I have learned how to research restaurants and chefs. So. If you’re out of town, for whatever reason, don’t fret, I can tell you where to go! Because chances are: I’ve been there, done that!

Philadelphia: Tinto

Phiadelphia is super close to me, just a little over an hour on the Amtrak, I actually used to go quite often, when my good friend Georgia used to live there. I just recently went with my girlfriends to watch a ballgame and have some fun, and we decided to dine at Tinto in Center City in Philadelphia. Chef José Garces has owned and operated many restaurants, has won a James Beard Award, and is an Iron Chef. He’s a household name for foodies, and I was excited to visit this Spanish Tapas restaurant.

There was four of us, and we ate plenty! One of us was vegetarian, and she found plenty of goodies to choose from. Our choices were (get ready): Olivas Y Almendras (olives and Marcona almonds), Ensalada de Bruselas (Brussels sprouts salad), Endibia (Belgian endive), Judias Verdes (roasted sugar snap peas), Albondigas (beef meatballs), Canelones de Pato (duck canneloni), Pork Belly Toast, Gambas en Chocolate (shrimp in chocolate sauce), and Scallops and Peas. Without question every single item was outstanding and delicious. This rustic restaurant has absolutely something for everyone.

For more info on Tinto click here

Washington DC: Jaleo

Are you even a foodie if you haven’t heard of José Andres? Not only is he the owner of over 30 restaurants, but he has numerous accolades and rewards, including James Beards Awards and Humanitarian awards for his tireless help for people in need. So, if you’re in DC, going to one of his restaurants is a must. There is of course Minibar, which is a fine dining establishment (it’s on my list, trust me), and of course Jaleo. Jaleo is also a Spanish Tapas restaurant, and I went very late on a trip with my daughter not too long ago.

Our choices were: Aceitunas liquidas ‘Ferran Adria’ (liquid olives), Ibérico de bellota mini hamburguesas (Spanish mini burger made fro the legendary acorn-fed, black-footed ibérico pigs and ibérico ham), Pan de Cristal con Tomate (toasted slices of uniquely crispy and ethereal brad bushed with fresh tomato), and Pan con Chocolate (chocolate custard with caramelized bread, olive oil and brioche ice cream). Do I have to say it? Yes, it was outstanding and innovative. And please do yourself a favor: order a José’s Choice (Hendrick’s Gin, lemon verbena, juniper, lemon and lime), this cocktail was heavenly.

For more info on Jaleo click here

Atlanta: Empire State South

I always take a little trip to wherever for my birthday, and believe it or not, I plan my trips around restaurants I wanna dine at. Wait, you probably do believe it. This year I went to Atlanta, because there was a myriad of restaurants I wanted to try. Empire State South has been on my list for quite some time, I adore chef Hugh Acheson, who also has won more than one James Beard Award, and has served as a judge on Top Chef and Iron Chef. He seems to also be one outstanding human being, which to me means: support his endeavors!

On my visit to his lovely Atlanta eatery, my daughter treated ourselves with these dishes: Chips with White BBQ sauce, Farm Egg (with crispy rice, corn, mushroom, sweet pepper), Strip (with shallot, potato and shiso), Trout (with fennel, butterbean, tomato and cucumber), and a green tomato pie for dessert. Everything was different, delicious and unique, my favorite was the crispy rice with the runny egg. Or was it the sweet green tomato pie? I can’t choose! It was a great evening with great food.

For more info on Empire State South click here

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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