On the Road Eats: Fort Wayne

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I have traveled to or through Fort Wayne a few times this year and found three spots for some quick meals.  Two are owned by the same restaurant group, the third was my favorite!

The Hoppy Gnome
Grab a quick dinner and head back to the hotel for fireworks and emails.  The Hoppy Gnome menu was interesting and I left content and ready to conquer my inbox!

Cindy’s Diner
I love spots where there are a few seats and everyone knows each other.  This was casual, quick, very inexpensive and probably my favorite meal during my trip.

 

Proximo
We tried to grab a quick meal before heading to the airport.  I had a quick salad and checked out the dinner menu.  Looks like a solid option if I am in town for dinner.

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On the Road Eats: Kansas City

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The best part of work travel is eating local. And Kansas City is a great place to do so.

Rm 39
I started my Kansas City trip with a stop to Rm 39, a farm to table restaurant, for lunch. I had to meet some clients down in Overland Park, Kansas and there was a pocket of great restaurants on my way back towards Kansas City.  A quiet seat at the bar, I enjoyed a small hangar steak with the most wonderful crispy garlic fries. The team there was great and Jen made a recommendation for dinner. Of course, I followed her advice.

The Antler Room
I made a reservation at the bar. Solo diner. View of the kitchen if possible. The Antler Room was named by Bon Appétit as one of the best restaurants of 2017. I showed up during the last 30 minutes of happy hour with some wine specials. Jared, the bartender, made suggestions for my meal and they were all fabulous. Smoked hamachi tostada, Maltagliati with escargot and a final dish of Octopus with duck fat fried potatoes. Wow!

 

Parlor
For my final lunch I made a visit to the new food hall in the Crossroads district. Seven restaurants, 2 bars and a modern open seating concept. I chose Yaki-Ya and enjoyed an osaka-style Okonomiyaki, a savory pancake topped with all sorts of deliciousness including pork belly and fried egg.

 

Good thing I had to leave after lunch- I am going to be full for days!

 

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On the Road Eats: San Diego

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I headed out to a conference in San Diego.  One lunch and two dinners were mine.  The rest- conference food.  I stayed at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter and took advantage of the easy walk to various restaurants.  I even tried out the scooters left around the city- super fun and a must try if you see one laying around!

Volcano Rabbit
I was staying in the Gaslamp district and arrived right before lunch.  I needed a quick spot close by so I could eat and then head to the conference hotel and grab my shirts and badge.  This was a short walk and a great meal to start my trip.  Time for some tacos – Chili rubbed Octopus and Sticky Beef Short Rib…..YUM!

Double Standard
I decided on a solo dinner and wanted something hearty.  I found Double Standard on OpenTable and I was able to sit outside.  My meal was fine but next time I will opt for a different spot.

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Lucky’s Lunch Counter
Right around the corner from the Marriott is Lucky’s lunch counter.  I wanted a breakfast burrito since I was going to be in meetings and in a sales booth most of the day.  Lucky’s hit the spot.  Egg whites, cheese, veggies, bacon – perfect start to the day!

Lionfish Restaurant at The Pendry Hotel
Some hits, some misses.  This restaurant got great reviews but I should have listened to the server and stayed away from the sushi.  You should never use avocado that is not ripe in a roll – never.  But on the positive side, the appetizers- octopus, mussels and the duck tostadas were a hit!

Jsix Restaurant at the Kimpton
Sometimes sitting down with a colleague after a work event is a necessity.  Debrief on the day and get ready for the next.  A refreshing adult drink, crispy spring rolls and guacamole hit the spot!

Soleil @k at the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
I ended up with one monring to grab an early breakfast and decided to do so at the hotel so I easily bring my laptop with me.  Chilaquiles were on the menu and a must for me.  A bit spicy but really good!  Ready for the day ahead!


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On the Road Eats: Detroit(Suburbs) and Ann Arbor

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I have to find the local spots.  And I knew heading to the Detroit suburbs and Ann Arbor would cause me to spend some time finding the right spot for one dinner and two lunches.  Turns out I got a second dinner too!

Cafe Thai
img_0729Call and request an early hotel check-in.  Take the bus to Hertz, choose a car and while I wait in line to check out, call Cafe Thai.  Order lunch to go and let them know I will be there in 25 minutes.  Head towards Southfield and they will have lunch ready to go.  Check in at the hotel, eat quickly and head to my client meeting.  Same routine for many years if I have to head to the suburbs after an early flight.  Always Cafe Thai.  And still my favorite Pad Thai to date.

Voyager
I read about a restaurant in Ferndale, a 15-minute drive from my hotel that was named one of the top restaurants in the country.  Nothing fancy, just great seafood.  And they were right.  I could have sat at the bar and ate for hours.

Monahan’s Seafood Market
I have never been to Ann Arbor so of course I had to drive through the campus, see the stadium and find some good food.  I happened upon Kerrytown while looking for Monahan’s not realizing I was in the right spot.  On this particular day, there was a farmer’s market and the vendors pointed me in the right direction.  I walked into the Kerrytown Market and Shops and found Monahan’s.  Order at the counter, hope you can find a table or seat at the counter, and wonderful fresh mish is delivered via paper plate.  They had an amazing butternut squash that day and I could not resist a cup of the clam chowder.  Awesome experience!

Zingerman’s Delicatessen
Apparently Zingerman’s is an Ann Arbor institution.  When I told someone I had just returned from Ann Arbor, their first question was if I stopped by Zingerman’s.  I was happy to be able to say yes.  And I must admit it was a neat place with multiple buildings and experiences.  I didn’t really have a plan for a meal before heading to the airport but at the last minute decided I should get something before heading back to the Detroit airport.  Corned beef on rye and some rugelach.  The drive took less than an hour which was a bit difficult with this great sandwich on the seat next to me waiting to be eaten but I made it through security quickly, found a quiet spot to chill for 30 minutes and enjoyed my final meal of this trip!

 

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