On the Road Eats: Washington DC

Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Would I stay again? Yes but would not be my first choice.  It is a huge hotel with tons of event space.  I prefer something smaller.

Restaurants:

Dinner: La Tomate Bistro
Would I dine again? Probably not.  The food was good but the service was absolutely terrible.

Dinner Day 2:  China Chilcano
Would I dine again? Yes, Yes, Yes.  All the plates we had were awesome.  Surprisingly, my favorite was the cauliflower.

Dinner Day 3: Bistro du Coin
Would I dine again? Yes, Almost every year I attend a conference at the Washington Hilton right up the street and the food is consistently good. Plus, who can turn down a great bowl of mussels?

Mussels

On the Road Eats: Chicago

Hotel: Aloft River North
Would I stay again? Yes!  Great River North location, lots of restaurants nearby with a great one connected to the lobby and easy to walk to catch a train.

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Restaurants:

Lunch:  Sushi-San
Would I dine again? Yes but I would go for dinner and order something different.  The express lunch was not for me.

Dinner: The Smith
Would I dine again? Yes.  Food, service and price point were all great!  Easy to walk to from the hotel.

 

Lunch Day 2:  The Dearborn
Would I dine again? Yes, but I would not order this sandwich.  I liked the one at Beacon Tavern better but the first time I was here I had a great meal.

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PASTRAMI REUBEN

On the Road Eats: St. Louis

Hotel:  Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis
Upgrade:  Yes but lounge is nothing special
Would I stay again? Probably not. The parking garage was not convenient (come in at the top level and go down two levels to exit on a one way street, bottom levels were quite dark and as a woman, not the safest feeling. Rooms were outdated and I prefer something more modern and clean. If you must, location was central and you can walk to restaurants in Clayton. 

Restaurants:

Lunch:  Yellowbelly
Would I dine again? Yes. Brussels were awesome and the toast was quite interesting.

Dinner:  Billie|Jean
Would I dine again? Yes.  Solo diner so I had a great seat at the bar and saw all the food being prepared and plated.  The eggplant was awesome although the soup would not be my first choice.  Wish I had been hungrier – the short rib looked amazing.

Lunch:  Sugarfire Smokehouse
Would I dine again? Yes – Second time to this spot!  I was late to the airport so I got this to go and had a good meal on the plane!

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Brisket sandwich with potato salad

On the Road Eats: Chicago

Hotel: The Gwen
Would I stay again? Yes!  Very modern, fantastic service, River North location.

Restaurants:

Lunch: Beacon Tavern
Would I dine again? Yes.  Easy to walk to and my sandwich was awesome.

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1/2 Sandwich Combo – clam chowder and reuben

 

Dinner: Quartino
Would I dine again? Been here before.  Ate in the bar area, the beet salad was not great – recommend the one at River Roast. The eggplant – would order again!

 

Breakfast: Beatrix
Would I dine again? Yes.  I have been here before and always have a great meal.  And I feel healthy when I leave!

Cauliflower Grits