On the Road Eats: North Austin

Hotel: Aloft Austin Northwest
Would I stay again?  Yes.  It was clean, convenient to our office and the staff was nice.  Options for amazing dining were very limited compared to downtown but it was easy on and off the highway to get me where I needed to be ontime.

aLoft

Restaurants:

Dinner: Paul Martin’s American Grill
Would I dine again? Maybe
.  I ended up driving to Austin rather than flying from Dallas so I arrived at dinner time.  I decided to eat in the Domain area so I could have choices.  I wanted a nicer bar to sit, eat dinner and enjoy a glass of wine before heading to the hotel after an almost 4-hour drive.  The pork chop was good, the wine was fine and one of the two bartenders was very knowledgable.

Pork Chop with brussel sprouts

Breakfast: One Taco
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Love breakfast tacos and when in Austin, it is a must.  I found a small spot on the way to our office and it hit the spot.

Lunch: Rudy’s
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I knew the local options were going to be a lot of chains so I stuck with one that I really enjoy.

Brisket and Sausage and Corn and Cole Slaw

Dinner: Soto
Would I dine again? YES
.  I asked a colleague in Austin where I could eat close to my hotel and he knows I enjoy great local spots.  His response…you won’t find what you are looking for.  I was so happy he was wrong.  When you arrive at Soto, you do not expect to see a Party City next store.  And then you walk into this very modern restaurant that delivers amazing service.  Now onto the food.  The server recommended a new sake to me and brought me a small edamame starter, I selected the chef’s choice for sushi and finished with a small appetizer since I was hungrier than I thought.  I would definitely go back even thought I blew through my per diem!

Lunch: Rosarito Food Truck
Would I dine again? Maybe. 
I love food trucks and the tuna tostada I had was awesome.  The tempura rice bowl was just ok.  I find that tempura is just not my favorite anymore….but my mistake for ordering it.  But that tostada- fantastic!

This trip took place before all of the restrictions became our new reality and this will be my last trip for a while due to world events. I look forward to supporting more local restaurants once I get on the road again!

On the Road Eats: Dayton, OH

Hotel:  Courtyard Dayton Beavercreek
Would I stay again?  Yes.  It was clean, convenient to where I needed to be and if I needed to be there longer, there was shopping and restaurants close by.  Unfortunately I was not very productive once I made it there after dinner due to the time change and the lack of sleep from the night before.

Restaurants:

Dinner: Mamma DiSalvo’s
Would I dine again? Yes
.  My client recommended Mamma Disalvo’s when I asked for a great local spot.  The food and service were both great and I would not hesitate to send friends here!

Lunch: City Barbeque
Would I dine again? No. 
I hate to say that I would not go back but I have eaten BBQ in North Carolina, Kansas City and in Texas where I live so I was a bit disappointed.  But the place was packed so it must be one of the better options.

On the Road Eats: Santa Barbara

Hotel:  Hilton Santa Barbara
Would I stay again?  Yes.  The last time I stayed it was a DoubleTree and I always got an upgrade.  This year, upgraded to a partial ocean view in the building I like.  The hotel has been rebranded and updated and some things have changed like the free breakfast which used to be better as a DoubleTree.

Restaurants:

Lunch: Oku
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Sushi with a view!  Needed to have a light lunch so I shared a couple items with a friend before attending an event, the way of the dragon roll and the cauliflower appetizer.

Super Bowl Party: The Project
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Corazon Cucina does the food and they have a good size bar and patio.  It was an easy walk to the Hilton as well as to other bars, restaurants and shopping on State Street.

Dinner: Loquita
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Amazing. Loved this place.  I would go back multiple times if I could visit Santa Barbara more often.

Dinner: Finch & Fork
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I chose this restaurant for my last night in town although for some reason I was not 100% excited. Happy to report that dinner was wonderful and the service was amazing.

 

On the Road Eats: Memphis Suburbs(Germantown)

Hotel:  Courtyard Germantown
Would I stay again?  Yes.  It was clean, convenient to where I needed to be and had great restaurants and shopping all within a five minute drive.

Restaurants:

Dinner: Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Wide variety of options on the menu and if I drank more beer, they have a bunch of craft beers.

 

Dessert: Sweet Noshings
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Candy, candy and more candy.  Ice cream, chocolate, popcorn…you name it.

Lunch: Huey’s
Would I dine again? Yes. 
My family loves burgers so if they came back to town with me, they would love this spot.

 

Dinner: Southern Social
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Met a friend for dinner and snagged a table on their patio early in the evening.  The food was great and I was thrilled to spend a few hours catching up with her.

Breakfast: Staks
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Actually, I was in town for two nights and ate here both mornings.  The first morning I was solo, the second with my daughter, her friend and her friend’s mom.  Food was awesome both days and the company was great the second morning.

Dinner: Central BBQ
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I love BBQ and their pulled pork sandwich was good.