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Good Eats

Some of my favorite restaurants, pubs, and cafés. Local food tastes better!

Snow City Cafe in Anchorage, AK. Recommended: best breakfast in town. Don't miss the Kodiak Benedict with Alaska King Crab cakes or the Tundra Scramble with reindeer sausage!

Spudnut Shop in Charlottesville, VA. Recommended: glazed chocolate & glazed coconut spudnuts; blueberry cake spudnut. Donuts made with potato flour and they are incredible!

Bodo's Bagels in Charlottesville, VA. Recommended: everything bacon, egg, scallion cream cheese; everything chicken salad.

The Barbeque Exchange in Gordonsville, VA. Recommended: pulled pork, housemade sauces, gourmet sides, chocolate coconut cupcake.

The Flat in Charlottesville, VA. Recommended: dark chocolate strawberry crêpe.

The Flat: Takeaway Crêperie

Sweet Magnolia's in Gainesville, GA. Recommended: chicken salad; broccoli salad; peach tea; brownies.

Pappy's Smokehouse in St. Louis, MO. Recommended: 1/2 rack of ribs; pulled pork sandwich; chicken; green beans; corn on the cob; sweet potato fries.

Bailey's Chocolate Bar in St. Louis, MO. Recommended: pecan tart with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce; Smoky, Spicy, Rich hot chocolate; Bailey's chocolate brownie. Cool atmosphere with great desserts.

Longstreet Cafe in Gainesville, GA. Recommended: breakfast buffet is reasonably priced and tasty (biscuits, crispy bacon and cheesy grits.)

Longstreet Cafe | Gainesville, GA

Eastside Cafe in Austin, TX. Recommended: brunch (french toast, migas, baked brie with apple chutney, garlic cheese grits, wild mushroom crêpes, artichoke manicotti, best grilled cheese ever!) Check out the garden in the back.

Brunch Menu at Eastside Cafe

Inman Perk in Gainesville, GA. Artsy atmosphere, great specialty coffees (both hot & cold,) committed to fair trade items, comfy couches and fast, free wifi. My favorite non-office office.

Oyamel in Washington, DC. Recommended: chips, salsa and guacamole; tacos de hongo; tinga poblana; chapulines; refried black beans; brussels sprouts; cafe de olla. James Beard Outstanding Chef of the Year 2011, José Andrés upscale Mexican street food.

Chez Fonfon in Birmingham, AL. Recommended: crab cakes with fines herbes (on Thursdays); Hamburger Fonfon with comté with pommes frites; moules au pastis et frites; croque madame and croque monsieur. Frank Stitt's French bistro is nothing short of amazing.

South City Kitchen in Atlanta, GA. Recommended: fried green tomatoes; Caesar salad (fried okra is amazing); buttermilk fried chicken; banana pudding.

Veni Vidi Vici in Atlanta, GA. Recommended: Agnolotti (housemade ravioli with rotisserie meats and fontina cheese filled, brown butter, sage, pecans.) Out of this world!

Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta, GA. Recommended: Korean BBQ burger; Butcher's Cut burger; housemade french fries (duck fat!); vodka battered onion rings; pan roasted brussels sprouts; liquid nitrogen smokin' shakes: Cap'n Crunch with peanut butter foam and Nutella & burnt marshmallow. Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais's upscale burgers don't disappoint.

King of Pops in Atlanta, GA. Recommended: chocolate sea salt; blackberry mojito; strawberries & cream. Best popsicles ever!

King of Pops | Home

Highland Bakery in Atlanta, GA. Recommended: sweet potato pancakes; ricotta pancakes; grits; bread and pastries are amazing. Cool atmosphere too.

Second Bar + Kitchen in Austin, TX. Recommended: spiced roasted nuts; black truffle pommes frites; black and bleu pizza.

Caffé Medici in Austin, TX. Recommended: espresso is to die for; iced coffee; homemade caramel sauce.

Caffe Medici, Coffee & Espresso, Austin, TX - Caffe Medici

Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX. Recommended: brisket, ribs, turkey, and Tipsy Texas Sandwich. Better get there by 10 am!

Chez Nous in Austin, TX. Recommended: three course prix fixe menu; mousse au chocolat.

Blue Dahlia Bistro in Austin, TX. Recommended: tartines and frittatas. The back patio garden for Sunday brunch is delightful!

Country Donuts in Crystal Lake, IL. Recommended: coffee roll (OMG!)

Snuffer's in Dallas, TX. Recommended: the famed Cheddar Fries.