Tavce Gravce and Arctic Char


One of our most joyous eating experiences in 2015 was during our return to eat in Las Vegas.   This self-described breakfast and lunch joint is Natalie Young’s dream.  After more than 20 years in the restaurant business, she finally has her own place to create food that satisfies the body and soothes the soul.  She told me that her next venture will combine fried chicken and Chinese food.  I can hardly wait to taste the results.  eat in near downtown Las Vegas at 707 Carson Avenue.

Two other happy meals resulted from our visits to Silvercreek in Urbana, Illinois, a venerable favorite, and to Gibson’s, the world’s best steakhouse.  The Gibson location Ruth and I are always drawn to is near O’Hare Airport at 5464 North River Road in Chicago.

My favorite restaurant in Canada is Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver’s Yaletown heritage warehouse area.   Ruth loves it too.

Our best meal in The Balkans last May was in Bitola, Macedonia.  Ha Whpok Cokak, as near as I can express its name, specializes in traditional local dishes. This noon meal served with lots of pride included Macedonia’s national dish, Tavce Gravce, a delicious multi-herbed white bean concoction.  Our 2nd best meal of this trip was, surprisingly, the monkfish repast served on Austrian Airlines, historically not my favorite carrier, as we crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

The best restaurant in Bentonville, Arkansas, national headquarters of Walmart, is just off its nostalgic town square.  Tavola, the Italian word for table, is its name and exceptional Italian cuisine is its specialty.

Last Saturday night we had the extreme pleasure of dining at Assagio’s in Seattle’s Belltown area not too far from the Space Needle.  Our dinner companion was a friend of Ruth’s who just moved to Seattle and hadn’t eaten at this popular, wonderful, friendly Italian restaurant since her return.  She expressed regret as she dug into her risotto.

This year, I learned what dim sum is with friends at Ton Kiang, a Zagat approved Outer Richmond wonder at 5821 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco.  It’s a bit disputed, but dim sum derives from Cantonese words equal to light refreshments.  How appropriate!  How tasty!

And finally, perhaps our best on-the-road restaurant meal of the year was at Rub 23 in Akureyri, Iceland.  Chef Einar Geirsson and his staff apparently spend their time dreaming up herb & spice mixtures (the rubs) that are served in pots along with entrees like Arctic Char, a freshwater fish.

Please pass along unmissable food experiences from your travels so Ruth & I can track some of them down.




About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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