Gallery: This Week in Eating Out

A Sandwich a Day: Morning Sandwich at Grandma J's Local Kitchen (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Morning Sandwich at Grandma J's Local Kitchen (Chicago)
The two slices of very thickly cut bacon add a much needed meaty crunch to this enormous sandwich. Of course, it helps that the eggs are also soft, supple, and still creamy on the inside. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich A Day: Mortadella e Melanzane Panuozzo at San Matteo (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Mortadella e Melanzane Panuozzo at San Matteo (NYC)
The Mortadella e Melanzane ($8) is a hefty sandwich that leaks oil like it's made by BP. Once you get past the small puddle of grease that spills out the ends, the sandwich is a fine specimen. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Terrifying Tuna Wrap at Kookoo Cafe (Brookline, MA)
A Sandwich a Day: Terrifying Tuna Wrap at Kookoo Cafe (Brookline, MA)
Leaving aside the sandwich's weird name--several of the cafe's specialties have equally goofy labels--it's a winning package of lightly dressed-almost fluffy-tuna salad and tabbouleh that's loaded with finely minced parsley and lemon juice, sweetened with diced tomatoes, and lightly bound with bulgur. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Elizabeth Bomze]

A Sandwich a Day: Egg & Chorizo Torta from Tortas Frontera in O'Hare International Airport (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Egg & Chorizo Torta from Tortas Frontera in O'Hare International Airport (Chicago)
Scrambled eggs, pork chorizo, poblano rajas, Chihuahua cheese, and avocado are pressed between slices of chewy-crackly bread until the whole thing is compressed into gooey perfection. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

A Sandwich A Day: Free Range Roast Chicken at Ronnybrook Milk Bar (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Free Range Roast Chicken at Ronnybrook Milk Bar (NYC)
Ronnybrook Farms' Chelsea Market Milk Bar can be kind of a zoo, especially in the ice cream line, but if you have the patience for its sluggish kitchen you will be rewarded handsomely. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Filet Sandwich at Schnipper's Quality Kitchen (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Filet Sandwich at Schnipper's Quality Kitchen (NYC)
This fried chicken sandwich with pickles and mayo may remind you of one that's been in the news of late, but it's a pretty tasty lunch in its own right. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Gracie Dulik]

A Sandwich A Day: The Guajirito at Siboney (Chicago)
A Sandwich A Day: The Guajirito at Siboney (Chicago)
Thin strips of juicy, marinated ribeye steak are grilled and topped with sautéed onions, fresh iceberg lettuce, and slices of beefsteak tomatoes. Rather than bread, the sandwich's contents are pressed between two crispy slices of flattened green plantains. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Michell Eloy]

Crab Cake Sandwich at Duda's Tavern in Baltimore
Crab Cake Sandwich at Duda's Tavern in Baltimore
Just as you'll never come to a consensus on the best NYC slice or Philly cheesesteak, there isn't a unanimous Baltimore crab cake winner either. Duda's Tavern, a slightly divey bar in less-than-divey Fells Point, serves a pretty exemplar rendition, though. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Krista Garcia]

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Tuna Sandwich at Portillo's
A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Tuna Sandwich at Portillo's
The firm fish gets a flavor char from the grill, so that it's the dominant flavor, with the sweet bun, crunchy lettuce, and sharp red onion playing a supporting role. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: The Grilled Cheese Royale at The Curious Palate (Los Angeles)
A Sandwich a Day: The Grilled Cheese Royale at The Curious Palate (Los Angeles)
In short, this is three essential cheeses melted into a harmonious triad between two sturdy slices of grilled wheat bread. The bread is dense and has a satisfying crunch, exactly what you would want and expect in a grilled cheese. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Sarah Woo]

The Pig Mac at Crop Bistro (Cleveland, OH)
The Pig Mac at Crop Bistro (Cleveland, OH)
The Pig Mac comes with three different kinds of pork on a glistening, toasted, eggy challah bun. The top half of the sandwich includes two pig parts, pork loin and bacon, along with the requisite special sauce, pickles and lettuce. The bottom half delivers braised pork, a melted mound of Monterey Jack cheese, and chopped onions that are definitely not of the rehydrated variety. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Daniel Zemans]

A Sandwich a Day: Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese on Ciabatta at Lavazza (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese on Ciabatta at Lavazza (Chicago)
Lavazza is a coffee shop first, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing worth eating there. The roasted red pepper and goat cheese sandwich does a good job balancing sweet pepper, salty cheese, and soft ciabatta bread. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: Mozzarella Sandwich at Iron Tomato in Chelsea Triangle French Market (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Mozzarella Sandwich at Iron Tomato in Chelsea Triangle French Market (NYC)
Visit Chelsea on a Friday or Saturday for fresh mozzarella sandwiches on soft, French-style bread that, whether with basil and tomato or the more complicated combination of arugula and prosciutto, won't disappoint. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Chain Reaction: The Cheesecake Factory
Chain Reaction: The Cheesecake Factory
If you insist on eating "real food" before cheesecake, the Skinnylicious is the way to go. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

 The Ye Olde King's Head Burger Proves America Deserves The Gold (Los Angeles)
The Ye Olde King's Head Burger Proves America Deserves The Gold (Los Angeles)
Ye Olde King's Head stumbled with its execution, but showed potential. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

Tiki Cocktails and a Cheeseburger in Paradise at Bali Hai (San Diego)
Tiki Cocktails and a Cheeseburger in Paradise at Bali Hai (San Diego)
Hawaiian fusion fare dominates, including items like a tuna poke stack, coconut shrimp, and soy ginger chicken satays, but at lunch, you can get a truly tasty burger. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

NYC Food Trucks: Bistro Lamb Burger at Bistro Truck
NYC Food Trucks: Bistro Lamb Burger at Bistro Truck
Bistro Truck's lamb burger will definitely not blow your mind, either by excellence or failure. Rather, it's a solid burger that will likely please both lamb burger and hamburger fans alike. Read the full post »

Twitter: @BistroTruck;bistrotruck.com

Winder, GA: Spitfire's Burgers Worth the Short Flight from ATL
Winder, GA: Spitfire's Burgers Worth the Short Flight from ATL
Now, there aren't many burgers that honestly warrant their own 115-mile round trip car ride. But if I had a buddy with a pilot's license and a Piper, I'd totally add Spitfire to my rotating burger itinerary. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Milwaukee: Steakhouse Burgers in Casual Setting at Jake's Burger
Milwaukee: Steakhouse Burgers in Casual Setting at Jake's Burger
You'd hope Jake's Burger know what they're doing when it comes to beef since they come from a steakhouse background, and it's obvious that they do—at least, when they cook it properly. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Lacey Muszynski]

Chain Reaction: McCormick and Schmick's
Chain Reaction: McCormick and Schmick's
How much can you expect from a $3.95 burger? That's open for debate. McCormick and Schmick's $3.95 happy hour cheeseburger might be decent if it weren't automatically grilled to an unfortunate medium-well. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Daily Slice: Baggio's, Fort Lee, NJ
Daily Slice: Baggio's, Fort Lee, NJ
Baggio's is known for its thin crust, but I'll leave the wan slice behind next time I'm stopping through and go straight for the knots. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Casey Barber]

Monte's in Lynn, MA, or, Why Don't We See More Chopped Onion Slices?
Monte's in Lynn, MA, or, Why Don't We See More Chopped Onion Slices?
Located under a black, riveted steel overpass with a sign that says "since 1946," Monte's looks like about as much of a working-man's pizza joint as you're ever going to find, and stepping inside the dim space with its faux-wood veneer upholstered booths tells the same story. Read the full post »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Chain Reaction: Papa John's Chicken Parmesan Pizza
Chain Reaction: Papa John's Chicken Parmesan Pizza
The quantity and quality of the chicken are enough to keep our minds open about future Papa John's encounters, but we can't recommend any self-respecting face-stuffer order the Chicken Parmesan special. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Will Gordon]

First Impressions: Rosco's Pizza, Brooklyn (NYC)
First Impressions: Rosco's Pizza, Brooklyn (NYC)
Rosco's looks like your typical New York City pizza joint, but interesting and well-proportioned ingredients demonstrate that it has the potential to be something better. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

Almayass in the Flatiron: Armenian-Lebanese Food That's Best In Small Servings
Almayass in the Flatiron: Armenian-Lebanese Food That's Best In Small Servings
Having spent a few meals out at Almayass, the successful Middle Eastern chain of Armenian restaurants that has most recently expanded to Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, it feels more like the American version of The Office: a refreshingly unique and strong beginning that gets progressively less exciting. Read the full post »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Sausage City: Nottoli & Sons
Sausage City: Nottoli & Sons
Nottoli & Son has the feel of a place that's been around for some time, a place that's gotten its selection of products down pat and the regulars that come in often to buy them. It's charming and relatively unassuming. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Mexican Eats: Rare, Stellar Tlacoyos on Junction Boulevard, Jackson Heights
Mexican Eats: Rare, Stellar Tlacoyos on Junction Boulevard, Jackson Heights
Nothing taste more delicious than to stand and eat one of the tlacoyos on a street corner in Queens while the crowd whips past, a mouthful of the past in a frenetic future. Read the full post »
Paul Qui: Dinner At City Grit (And Details On His New Restaurant
Paul Qui: Dinner At City Grit (And Details On His New Restaurant
NYC's City Grit— a "culinary salon" in an old Nolita schoolhouse—hosts a new series of dinners every week. Often they're Southern-inspired menus from chef and City Grit mastermind Sarah Simmons; but increasingly, they've been bringing in guest chefs from all over the country. Read the full post »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

First Look: Rich Table in San Francisco
First Look: Rich Table in San Francisco
"This place is about cooking food we'd want to eat, about making an environment we'd want to hang out in," says Evan Rich. A large portion of the menu features bar-friendly bites and snacks, like sardine chips. They're also making their own cultured butter for the fresh-baked bread. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

The Vegetarian Option: Sushi Samba Rio
The Vegetarian Option: Sushi Samba Rio
Much like the endless beaches of its namesake city, there's some solid people-watching to be had at Sushi Samba Rio. But luckily the food is also worth paying attention to. And though it may be known for seafood and robata-grilled beef, meatless options come in a variety of forms. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

First Look: Chobani Soho
First Look: Chobani Soho
To clarify: this is not a frozen yogurt shop. They're serving the exact same Chobani stuff found at grocery stores. "It should taste exactly the same, too" said a Chobani representative. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz]

Lunch in the Loop: Eleven City Diner
Lunch in the Loop: Eleven City Diner
Every time I walk into Eleven City Diner for lunch, I always remember to laugh. It's a lot of fun. The a shiny Jewish diner has a tall, airy space, along with a soda fountain, a full bar, and enormous portions. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Slurped: A Tale of Two Noodles
Slurped: A Tale of Two Noodles
This is a tale of two bowls of noodles—one soba, one ramen—on one rainy night. The first because I was hungry. The second because I was still hungry. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Boston: First Look at Back Deck
Boston: First Look at Back Deck
I'm all too aware of the lack of decent, moderately priced lunch and dinner options in downtown Boston, so I'm always happy to see a newcomer come around. The newest comer: Back Deck. This is decidedly not a barbecue joint, rather a grilled food restaurant. Check out the chicken wings, muffuletta burger, s'mores, and more on the grill here. Read the full post »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Date Night: Chop Shop, a Hidden Gem in Chelsea (NYC)
Date Night: Chop Shop, a Hidden Gem in Chelsea (NYC)
For years, Chinese in Chelsea has meant Grand Sichuan, or more recently Legend, both spots slicked with spice and a frenzied vibe. A block or so away from Grand Sichuan, Chop Shop offers peace, calm, and fusion. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

First Look: Governor, Brad McDonald's New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Dumbo (NYC)
First Look: Governor, Brad McDonald's New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Dumbo (NYC)
Governor features the seasonal menu and modern technique of many spots in Brooklyn these days, but it isn't afraid to whip out the hollandaise to go with some sweetbreads and ham. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Las Asadas Takes the Steak Taco Crown from La Pasadita (Chicago)
Las Asadas Takes the Steak Taco Crown from La Pasadita (Chicago)
Regardless of which dish you choose, if it comes from a cow, you probably want to order it. Every visit should start with at least one carne asada taco ($2.05). Read the full post »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Bronx Eats: Revisiting Arth Aljanatain, Van Nest (NYC)
Bronx Eats: Revisiting Arth Aljanatain, Van Nest (NYC)
We've written about Arth Aljanatain, the Yemeni restaurant that anchors a block Rhinelander Avenue dominated by Arab businesses, and looked forward to a chance to explore the menu further. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Jason Crowley]

Snapshots from the SOMA Streat Food Park (San Francisco)
Snapshots from the SOMA Streat Food Park (San Francisco)
The Soma Streat Food Park is aiming to be a more permanent kind of installation. Open daily for lunch (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 10 p.m.), the Park features a rotating roster of food truck options, ample seating, and even flatscreen TVs tuned to the day or night's Giants game. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Knockout Noodles: Piccolo Sogno Due (Chicago)
Knockout Noodles: Piccolo Sogno Due (Chicago)
Chef Todd Stein now heads up Piccolo Sogno Due, the very new sibling restaurant to Chef Tony Priolo's popular Italian spot on West Grand Avenue. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

The Vegetarian Option: Upscale Greek at Boukies in the East Village (NYC)
The Vegetarian Option: Upscale Greek at Boukies in the East Village (NYC)
On the busy intersection of Second Avenue and 2nd Street, in a space that has seen quite a bit of turnover in the past few years, the Greek restaurant Boukies recently opened to offer the East Village a taste of upscale Greek cooking. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Raymond Schilcher's Lobster Specials at Lobsterville Bar & Grille (Oak Bluffs, MA)
Raymond Schilcher's Lobster Specials at Lobsterville Bar & Grille (Oak Bluffs, MA)
The menu is big and crowd-pleasing, full of local seafood, chowders, and big sandwiches. But it's the nightly specials roster that has Raymond Schilcher's best work written all over it, including a few Oyster Bar classics. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Will Gordon]

Where To Eat Great Sea Urchin (NYC)
Where To Eat Great Sea Urchin (NYC)
Salty and briny with a metallic twang and more than a hint of iodine, it's (along with oysters) the most ocean-evocative food in the world. Here are 7 places to get them in NYC. Read the full post »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Where to Find the Best Non-Chain Fish Tacos (Los Angeles)
Where to Find the Best Non-Chain Fish Tacos (Los Angeles)
With a wealth of proper tortillas to serve as the backbone, Los Angeles is a city with several fish taco gems. You just have to know where to look. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Paul Bartunek]

Bar Eats: Sake Bar Satsko (NYC)
Bar Eats: Sake Bar Satsko (NYC)
The tiny Sake Bar Satsko, arguably the de facto sake-bombing scene of the East Village, serves up a pan-Asian menu with bar bites ranging from the typical spicy tuna rolls to gyoza to edamame. But dig a little deeper and you'll find some unusually great gems. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Nancy Huang]

10 Cheap Dishes to Eat Near Lollapalooza (Chicago)
10 Cheap Dishes to Eat Near Lollapalooza (Chicago)
The area surrounding Grant Park is loaded with great food finds. We decided to pick out ten of our favorite cheap eats you can get nearby, and the selections include everything from hot dogs to Cuban sandwiches. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Williamsburg Pop-Up Bunna Cafe is a New Way to Get Your Ethiopian Fix (NYC)
Williamsburg Pop-Up Bunna Cafe is a New Way to Get Your Ethiopian Fix (NYC)
Williamsburg's Bunna Cafe is a new and affordable addition to the New York restaurant scene with an interesting angle: all food is vegetarian and served cool. It's a good place to stop on a hot summer's day in the city. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Standing Room Only: House of Wings (Chicago)
Standing Room Only: House of Wings (Chicago)
House of Wings claims to serve the best buffalo wings in Chicago. We found them to be good enough that we can't write that claim off entirely. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Ithaca, NY: At Glenwood Pines, Skip the Namesake, Go For the Tully
Ithaca, NY: At Glenwood Pines, Skip the Namesake, Go For the Tully
Though the Pinesburger is the signature menu item at the Glenwood Pines restaurant in Ithaca, the thinner Tully burger -- served on a roll, too, instead of French bread -- is the better bet. Try the corn nuggets, too. Read the full post »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

First Look: Ripple's Grilled Cheese Bar, Washington D.C.
First Look: Ripple's Grilled Cheese Bar, Washington D.C.
D.C. wine bar Ripple has thrown open the doors to creative sandwich-making with its new grilled cheese bar. Its pre-existing combos are good but, come on, who can resist a little experimentation with the make-your-own menu? Read the full post »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Apps Only: Double Windsor Serves Great Bar Food That's Way Better Than It Needs To Be (NYC)
Apps Only: Double Windsor Serves Great Bar Food That's Way Better Than It Needs To Be (NYC)
The appetizers at craft beer bar Double Windsor aren't all perfect, but they're pretty good for a place that's focused mostly on alcohol. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Ben Fishner]

TGI Fry-Day: Fried Alcachofa (Artichokes) at La Vara in Cobble Hill (NYC)
TGI Fry-Day: Fried Alcachofa (Artichokes) at La Vara in Cobble Hill (NYC)
These fried artichokes share the menu at La Vara, the newest tapas joint from the people who run the popular El Quinto and Txikito in Chelsea, with a handful of other fried items. A salty crunch and well-chosen drizzle of anchovy aioli make them good enough to stand out. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Jessie Pascoe]

TGI Fry-Day: Deep Fried Milky Way from Square Bar & Grill (Chicago)
TGI Fry-Day: Deep Fried Milky Way from Square Bar & Grill (Chicago)
The deep fried Milky Way is a county-fair staple that works. Here it's prepared indoors, for an urban audience, and dressed accordingly with ice cream and a caramel raspberry sauce that it really doesn't need. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

The Poffertjes Man at the Fulton Street Market
The Poffertjes Man at the Fulton Street Market
These have a distinct contrast between the decidedly crisp exterior, the crunchy edges, and a superb, fluffy and airy light interior. But you know what makes them extra addictive? The fact that they're topped with lashings of salted butter and powdered sugar. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Daily Scoop: Eddie's Sweet Shop in Forest Hills
Daily Scoop: Eddie's Sweet Shop in Forest Hills
I grew up going to Eddie's for mammoth scoops of homemade ice cream topped with hot fudge and schlag so thick it rivaled Peter Luger's. Read the full post »
Street Food: Coolhaus NY
Street Food: Coolhaus NY
The Coolhaus ice cream truck has come a long way since its inception three years ago. As the third ever employee on Coolhaus' payroll, Truck Manager Lisa Dring has been with Coolhaus since its ice-cream-out-of-a-postal-truck days, slinging its famed sandwiches from Coachella to bar mitzvahs, and has noticed some key differences vending between the New York and the company's home in Los Angeles. Read the full post »
Sugar Rush: German Chocolate Cake at Death & Co.
Sugar Rush: German Chocolate Cake at Death & Co.
They don't usually do desserts to-go at Death & Co., but ask nicely and the kitchen just might find a little plastic container to house their German Chocolate Cake ($9). It's nothing too inventive, just the traditional version (plus a drizzle of dulce de leche) done very well. And sometimes that's exactly what you crave. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Abita Root Beer Cake with Milk Stout Ice Cream at Yardbird, Miami Beach
Sugar Rush: Abita Root Beer Cake with Milk Stout Ice Cream at Yardbird, Miami Beach
When this root beer fan saw Abita Root Beer Cake ($8) on the menu, I couldn't resist. This towering beauty contains alternating layers of cake and milk stout ice cream. A decadent ending to a delicious meal, this dessert brought the feeling of a brewery to my mouth. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Jay Friedman]

Daily Scoop: Vegan Peanut Chocolate Chip at Lula's Sweet Apothecary
Daily Scoop: Vegan Peanut Chocolate Chip at Lula's Sweet Apothecary
When people ask me where to go for dairy-free ice cream, I always send them to Lula's Sweet Apothecary, which sells nut-based ice cream so good tastes just incidentally vegan. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

6 Ice Cream Scoops We Love (Portland, OR)
6 Ice Cream Scoops We Love (Portland, OR)
From a fiery chocolate ice cream at Cool Moon Ice Cream to a bourbon toffee treat at What's the Scoop?, the Portland ice cream scene has a handful of places that sell such innovative choices. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Aaron Wakamatsu]

7 Ice Cream Sundaes We Love (NYC)
7 Ice Cream Sundaes We Love (NYC)
Here are 7 of our favorite sundaes in NYC (and one now in Long Island that used to grace Queens with its frozen love) that we always turn to when that very particular craving hits. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

All the Ice Cream We Ate During Ice Cream Month (NYC)
All the Ice Cream We Ate During Ice Cream Month (NYC)
Not ready to let go of July? We've collected all our ice cream posts here for one last scoop. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Decadent Desserts at Louis XV (Monaco)
Decadent Desserts at Louis XV (Monaco)
This restaurant is worth visiting for dessert alone, and the sweet action really begins with the bread trolley rolled out at the beginning of the meal. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Deliciously Original Flavors at Lick Ice Creams (Austin)
Deliciously Original Flavors at Lick Ice Creams (Austin)
There are no candy add-ins. No sundaes. No shakes. It's ice cream in its purest form--and it works because the ice cream truly doesn't need anything else to distract from the quality. It stands complicated and delicious enough on its own. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

11 Frozen Treats You Should Eat This Summer (Seattle)
11 Frozen Treats You Should Eat This Summer (Seattle)
With the variety and quality of offerings, it's a tremendous challenge to choose the best scoop shops in Seattle. The resulting list of scoop shops is full of places that are unique, iconic, or just plain delicious. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Jay Friedman]

Sugar Rush: Blackberry Bread at Locanda Verde (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Blackberry Bread at Locanda Verde (NYC)
We tried two items of note from the beloved bakery counter of Locanda Verde, the blackberry bread and the strawberry scone. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Snapshots from Spain: San Ginés Chocolateria (Madrid)
Snapshots from Spain: San Ginés Chocolateria (Madrid)
Hidden away mere steps from the Puerta del Sol is the famous Chocolateria San Ginés. It's been serving up churros and chocolate 24 hours a day since 1894. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Seth Cobb]

Sugar Rush: Lemon Turnover from Runner & Stone at the New Amsterdam Market (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Lemon Turnover from Runner & Stone at the New Amsterdam Market (NYC)
You've probably tried an apple turnover, but how about a lemon? Runner & Stone keeps the lemon tart, the pastry light, and customers happy. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Cinnamon Toast at Trouble Coffee, San Francisco
Sugar Rush: Cinnamon Toast at Trouble Coffee, San Francisco
It's hard to imagine that a restaurant could ever do cinnamon toast better than you can at home, but Trouble Coffee might. The toast is the trick: it's thick-sliced, made at a local bakery, and supports butter and cinnamon well. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Lauren Sloss]

The Best Coffee I Had in Naples, Italy
The Best Coffee I Had in Naples, Italy
You want to know what happens when Italy (and its coffee) stops being polite and starts getting real? Check out Naples for an authentic, old-school, and defiantly no-nonsense look at espresso culture. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Meister]

The Best Coffee I Had (Rome, Italy)
The Best Coffee I Had (Rome, Italy)
The espresso here truly is a mystery of caffeinated alchemy. A hint of sweetness and a toasted-almond bite are hidden in the warm liquid underneath the lightest head of foam. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Meister]

Our Take on Jamba Juice's New 'Make It Light' Smoothies
Our Take on Jamba Juice's New 'Make It Light' Smoothies
We tasted samples of the new line of Jamba Juices--Make It Light versions of its ten Classic flavors. These smoothies aim to offer the same flavor as the originals but with a third less calories, carbs, and sugar. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Jamba Juice]

Where to Drink Beer Outside in Manhattan (NYC)
Where to Drink Beer Outside in Manhattan (NYC)
Most outdoor drinking in Manhattan entails squeezing into however many two-person tables the bar or restaurant could squeeze into their sidewalk space. That's all fine and good, but the beauty of drinking beer outside is being able to stretch out and relax. It's a tall order in a borough where square footage comes at the highest premium, but it can be done. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Chris Lehault]

The Best Drinks We Drank in July
The Best Drinks We Drank in July
We did pretty well for ourselves in the drinking category, including sips of cocktails in New Orleans, root beer floats in San Francisco, and fresh pomegranate juice in Israel. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim's Astoria (NYC)
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim's Astoria (NYC)
The duo behind beloved cafe Queens Kickshaw walked us through their hood and proved that there's more to Astoria than just Greek gyros. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Chef Robin Leventhal's Guide to the Ballard Neighborhood (Seattle)
Chef Robin Leventhal's Guide to the Ballard Neighborhood (Seattle)
In the time since wrapping up her appearance on Top Chef, contestant Robin Leventhal hasn't, to the chagrin of many Seattleite's, re-opened her dearly departed restaurant, Crave. What she has done is enjoy the extraordinary culinary offerings of her little corner of the city. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Jay Friedman]

Where to Eat Daytime Tacos in Cabo San Lucas
Where to Eat Daytime Tacos in Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is a well-known tourist mecca and, as such, better known for cheap liquor than good food. But there are tasty tacos here and there; use our guide to find them. Read the full post »

[Photograph: Tina Wong]