As many of you know, I am the newest member of DPR LA and a natural born foodie. Born and raised in North Jersey, I was exposed to an unhealthy amount of bagels, pizza, and more chicken parm heros than you can imagine. Growing up with a father as a chef, I have always been obsessed with trying new foods and creating my own weird concoctions.
I thought it would be fun to highlight my favorite meals in the different cities I stopped in during my road trip across the country.
Jack Browns– Harrisonburg, Virginia
Let’s just say there’s nothing you can’t put on a burger. For those who are daring, I HIGHLY recommend The Elvis. It’s a burger topped with peanut butter (no, that’s not a typo), mayo, Applewood smoked bacon and cheese. I literally could not wrap my head around how putting peanut butter on a cheeseburger would taste good but let me tell you, it was delicious. For those feeling less daring, I recommend the Greg Brady (pictured below) which is a burger topped with house made mac & cheese and BBQ potato chips.
Pinewood Social– Nashville, Tennessee
The Pinewood Social was one of my favorites places to hang in Nashville. Where else can you find a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a bocce ball court inside of a bar? This place was really rad and the food was even better. I recommend the Honey Sriracha Wings served with scallions, sesame seeds and a dill yogurt dipping sauce. I also recommend the Shaved Brussels with toasted walnuts, shaved pecorino and kale mixed in a lemon mustard vinaigrette. It was here where I realized brussels had become such a trendy food!
Bricktown Brewery– Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
There’s not that much I can say about Oklahoma City in the middle of winter except, holy cheese. Never in my life have I had such delicious cheese curds- melted cheddar cheese fried in the lightest, crispiest, beer batter. My mouth is actually watering right now thinking about these bite sized beauties.
Saltrock Southwest Kitchen– Sedona, Arizona
Located in Amara Resort and Spa is a laid back, yet trendy restaurant with a Southern California inspired menu. Saltrock Southwest Kitchen was bomb.com. I recommend the Ancho braised short rib tacos; beer cheese, pickled fresno, sweet onion and the Grilled Corn with garlic, spicy aioli, lime and cotija. I have this crazy weird obsession with all kinds of corn, especially corn with cheese.
Rose Cafe– Venice, California
One of my favorite spots in Venice is Rose Cafe. It is the ultimate brunch, lunch, snack and dinner spot. For brunch, I recommend the Avocado Toast (pictured below) with fried duck egg, lemon, pickled fresno, chillies and pistachios. For dinner, I’d have to say my favorite dish is the Smoked Bucatini Carbonara with egg yolk, Parmesan and crushed black pepper. I promise you won’t be disappointed with anything on the menu!