On the Road Eats: Detroit

Hotel: Element Detroit at the Metropolitan
Would I stay again? Yes!  They had a great lobby area where I was able to work in front of the fire and offered a happy hour in the evening.  Plus, there were many great restaurant options within walking distance.

Restaurants:

Lunch:  Parc
Would I dine again? Yes.  It was a short walk from the hotel, had a great salad and the service was great.

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The Woodward Salad

Dinner: Wright & Company
Would I dine again? Yes.  There was a group of us for this trip so we tried a lot from the menu.  All was good!

On the Road Eats: St. Louis

Hotel: Residence Inn St. Louis West County
Would I stay again? It was fine.  The people were nice and the service was good.  Was a newer hotel.  Not the most convenient to where I needed to be but close to the highway and a mall.

Restaurants:

Lunch: J.Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood 
Would I dine again? Nope.  I had the crab bisque and the crab melt.  The soup was better than the sandwich but not one of my better choices.  I assume dinner is better as long as you order a steak.

 

Dinner: Reeds American Table
Would I dine again? Yes.  Solo dinner, brought my laptop and got awesome service.  Plus I arrived during happy hour so I got a deal on food and wine.

 

Breakfast: Russell’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  Cute coffee shop/cafe with adult poptarts and their sandwich menu sounded great.

 

Lunch: Pastaria
Would I dine again? Yes, I have been here quite a few times and always come back. So good!!

 

On the Road Eats: Fort Wayne

I have something to share with you.

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.

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!